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Florida drivers are too quick to blow their own horns

Editor: It's 8:30 a.m., and we are in the southbound lane of U.S. 19, stopped at the light at Applegate Drive in Spring Hill. We are on our way to Westside Elementary. My pre-K and fourth-grade students and I are listening to music, talking about the day ahead, etc.

I turned my head to talk with the girls and in a nanosecond the light turns green, and the driver behind me lays on his horn.

We moved here from Missouri, Buffalo, Mo., to be exact. The population is 800, of which 200 were cows. We only used our autos' horns to scare the cattle off the road, or if you had an emergency. Horns are a warning/safety device.

Here, we have watched motorists honk at an 80-year-old man trying to get across the Wal-Mart parking lot, and a lady in a wheelchair with an American flag on it as she tried to cross Deltona Boulevard. Why not stop and let her across, or better yet, offer to help her across?

In Buffalo, we waved at each passing car. Even strangers felt welcome. Here, people wave that one finger, I guess to say to their neighbors, "You're No. 1."

I could submit this as an idea for a new bumper sticker and our tourism would go up 50 percent: "Spring Hill, Fla., the HORN-iest town in Florida."

Bill Fitzpatrick, Spring Hill

Friends remember Denton's kind acts, compassion for all creatures

Re: Zealous animal advocate dies at 78, Jan. 28 Times:

Editor: So many creatures, human and animal, shall miss Virginia Denton, who passed away Jan. 24 after battling a four-week illness in Oak Hill Hospital.

All her friends in Brookridge, Spring Hill and Brooksville remember her many kind acts, and all the animals she saved tell the story of her compassion for dogs, cats and wildlife. Any stray that came her way was saved for the "good of life." She would stop for a turtle in the road to keep it from becoming turtle soup.

She and her husband, Jim, made all those doggie banks for the Humane Society shelter that you've seen placed in stores and restaurants. She formed the wonderful Compassion Spay and Neuter Organization, and succeeded in the prevention of the birth of many unwanted animals in Hernando County.

She left a legacy of good deeds in her life.

Did you know she won the contest to name the county public transportation system? So, when you see THE Bus, think of Ginny.

Sally McDonough, Brooksville

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