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Not all types of handicaps are prominent

Re: New retiree finds drivers' habits problematic, Jan. 4 letter

I agree that there are a lot of drivers who don't know where the turn signal levers are located in their cars. Then there are those who don't know how to read, or just won't follow the speed limits posted on the roadways. In case you haven't noticed, this is not just a problem in Florida. There are rotten drivers in every state.

You don't think all these drivers learned how drive when they moved to Florida, do you? They learned these bad habits in their home states before they moved here, and now we're stuck with them.

But when I read the comment about the people who have handicap tags, and in the writer's opinion, do not need them, I got hot under the collar. Who are you to decide who is and is not in need of a handicap tag? Can you tell just by outward appearances that a person is handicapped? Can you see the scar left from open heart surgery? Can you see the damage to the lungs from emphysema? Or the pain from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus, osteoarthritis, to name but a few of the reasons that people need a handicap tag?

Don't judge someone just because you cannot see an outward, obvious handicap. I speak from personal experience. I get nasty looks from people just like the writer all the time. You see, I have fibromyalgia, lupus and a host of other problems that are not apparent from just looking at me. I cannot walk very far for very long without getting extremely tired. If I go grocery shopping, for example, I am lucky if I can walk back to my car by the time I am done walking from one end of the store to the other.

So, as the old saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover. You're retired now, relax and enjoy yourself and don't worry so much! You'll enjoy your retirement so much more.

Gilda M. Buckley, Hudson

Fun with fireworks comes at cost to pets' well-being

Editor: Florida law prohibits any fireworks that leave the ground in residential areas. Therefore, I can not understand why New Year's Eve must become a night of terror under the guise of celebration.

Rosewater Drive is a quiet neighborhood of mostly retired seniors. Neighbors are usually pleasant and considerate. Did those who choose to celebrate with endless hours of fireworks forget that they have neighbors?

The terror comes to the animals who also are their neighbors. This year many fireworks were constantly shot off within 30 feet of my front door. The illegally parked cars prevented them from being shot off in front of the participants' house. The small dog who lives here and never bothers anyone was traumatized by the ongoing noise of these illegal toys. This little creature trembled, whimpered, threw up and lost control of her bodily functions and hid under beds. It is no easy task for a senior citizen to crawl under a bed to retrieve and comfort a very important part of her life.

If there is a need for fireworks to celebrate, why can't these people go to parks or events where they are displayed legally?

M.J. May, Holiday

Aloha Utilities' water issues produce differing effects

Editor: Only a few homes served by Aloha Utilities have the notorious black water problem. I suspect most people's experience is like mine: weak pressure, rotten egg smell when the hot water is initially turned on, black gunk in the faucet screens, etc. And that's with water treated and filtered at my own not inconsiderable cost. I don't know what it would be like with naked water, but I don't want to find out.

I bet that even the 2 percent that are satisfied with Aloha have some or all of the problems I have, but that they have just learned to live with it.

Whatever happens, I hope they survey again. I didn't get to take part in the earlier survey, and I want out. I know there are lots of people who feel the same.

Ernest Lane, Trinity

Greed fueled rental hike at Harbor View Mobile Manor

Editor: Regarding the recent letters concerning the huge rental increase for residents of Harbor View Mobile Manor, this increase reflects an unreasonable 36 percent increase.

We also have a once-a-year billing of $324.29 for taxes, solid waste, stormwater and street lights assessments.

There are 471 rental lots in this mobile home park. Multiply 417 times $76.34 and you will notice the dollars go to these park owners. This represents greed.

Harold J. Beintker, New Port Richey

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