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Some trail users stop at nothing

I live in Dunedin, within two blocks of the Pinellas Trail. I pass over the trail about twice a day. Countless times, I have had to stop suddenly because a bicyclist or inline skater flies through, not slowing down at all.

There are four-way stops at each crossing, at least on the northern end of the trail from San Christopher Drive north. I believe anyone in his right mind crossing a road would approach with caution, considering a person's body will not fare well when coming in contact with an automobile.

I feel that both parties need to stop _ period. No one should roll through the crossings on the trail. I am completely amazed that there have not been more casualties or fatalities on the trail. I venture to say that the majority of accidents on the trail are the result of the person on the trail not stopping or even slowing down. Otherwise, how could they run into the side of a car at the crossing? If they stopped, they would see the car approaching, just as the driver of the car would.

Alan Goodale, Dunedin

Concert profanity more bothersome than din

Re: Concert noise fair game, but leave the lyrics alone, editorial, Dec. 19.

Is the editor serious? It's not the noise; it's the profanity that we are upset about. Do you really think by lowering the noise that we aren't going to hear it?

And you are so right _ we have put up with loud concerts ever since the city insisted on getting into the entertainment business. I understand they are trying to do a good deed for the public and want to include all ages. But now they need money to do so and want to hold big concerts and collect money in Coachman Park. This park is too small. At one concert they closed the gates because it reached the maximum capacity.

Parks and Recreation director Kevin Dunbar, City Manager Bill Horne and the editor just don't get it. It's not a concert venue, it's a park! And if they insist on having the loud noise, we will have to put up with it. But we shouldn't have to put up with profanity being pushed down our throats.

Jan Nierengarten, Clearwater

A leaner man doles out advice to chubby hubby

Re: Resolving to obey, but as a leaner man, guest column by Dr. Marc Yacht, Dec. 27.

It surprised me that a doctor had been struggling to lose weight for most of his life. The guest columnist went on to say, "What is required is a family commitment to what will be served at mealtime and much personal discipline." You think?

We are what we eat. Oh, boy, are we. One month before my blood tests, my doctor told me to lose weight. Reduce your calorie intake, he said. I weighed 196 at the time. Now, six months later, I have stabilized at 171. My daily calorie intake went from 2,500 to 900. Bagels, bread and frozen yogurt had been the main villains. Goodbye forever. I do not miss them.

So, to the good doctor and guest columnist, I can say the change is simple. Write down your daily menu, calculate calories per serving size, and, voila! The "bad guys with too many calories" will jump up at you. Replace them with foods that can be just as satisfying but have fewer calories.

Not to scold, but this is not a family commitment. It is only yours.

A pound a week is doable. Your new menus are slight variations on your old menus, not dramatic changes, and therefore sustainable. The fat, if you'll forgive me, will have been trimmed.

And because of calorie reduction, you can still cheat with an occasional bagel or, better, a beer or two at your local happy hour. That's the best part.

Happy lean new year, doctor. Try it for six months and get back to us.

Imagine that. I've just prescribed for a doctor.

Jack Bray, Dunedin


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