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Traffic enforcement should put focus on the worst offenders

Published Aug. 24, 2005

Re: Carnage on roads calls for warlike campaign, Jan. 12 letter to the editor:

Editor: Sure, we have some bad drivers. But let's not make war on every technical infraction out there. We should be focused on people driving dangerously, not someone who stopped 2 feet late of a stop light.

On traffic lights, we should be pulling over the driver who blatantly doesn't obey it, not the driver who attempts to stop but can't because he is too close to the changing light or has some emergency. (That is one of the many problems with traffic light cameras; they make the assumption that all who cross it as low as one-tenth of a second did it on purpose, which isn't really true).

There are two types of violations out there, safety related and technical related. A safety-related example is a driver weaving in and out of traffic so tightly that his bumper is missing the car in front of him by inches. A technical-related one would be a driver going 65 mph in a 60- or 55-mph zone with the flow of traffic and in perfect control of his car. One is a safety issue, one is not. Let's not confuse them.

The safety-related ones you pull over, as the highway patrol does. When you get too many violations of a technical law, you need to look at the engineering.

Stephen Donaldson, Dade City

Intersections with lights are dangerous

Re: Roads mark a morbid year, Jan. 9 Times:

Editor: "We need a traffic light. Our intersection is dangerous!" Well, that light you are asking for might just make your intersection more dangerous.

The top 10 intersections for accidents all have traffic signals. Save all your future letters about how drivers speed up on yellow, blow through red lights, or make a right on red into the path of an oncoming car. The fact of the matter is intersections with lights are dangerous.

You may say, "Let's have a police officer at these lighted intersections to ticket drivers." The intersection will be safe only for as long as the officer is there, and there is no guarantee you would be 100-percent safe with the officer there. Traffic signals give people a false sense of safety. Green light, go. Red light, stop. Writing "I had the green" on your tombstone will not make your loved ones feel any better about your loss.

Green light? Proceed with caution.

Brian McIntyre, Spring Hill

GOP's actions show its character

Re: Compromise ends impasse, Jan. 5 Times:

Editor: Hernando County Commissioner Jeff Stabins' valiant effort to eliminate hard feelings from the commission's recent vote for chairman didn't go far enough. If he really wanted to start a "fair rotation process," as he said, it should have been started immediately with the current vice chairwoman, Commissioner Diane Rowden, and he should have made that a motion.

It is ironic, but in the GOP's effort to rule the commission and keep Commissioner Rowden from the chairwoman's position, they showed all of us just what bumpkins they have become. The one commissioner who stood above the fray and came out looking like a leader was the one they were against: Rowden. (Commissioner Chris Kingsley held his own, too.)

Commissioner Robinson's quick change to the Republican side of the aisle was, simply put, foolish for someone who has future political aspirations. Indeed, no one can stop a person from "flip-flopping" to another party. But, to suddenly expect longtime Republicans, who have long-term memories, to vote for the likes of Robinson is naive. The way I see it, she has alienated both parties.

It also is amusing to watch the GOP group think they have the majority on the board. Come on folks, when has a leopard changed its spots?

Democrats and Republicans alike usually vote based on their perception of the candidate's character and integrity, which is clearly reflected not by what they say, but by their past and present voting record.

G. Sterling, Brooksville

Deputies should be commended for work

Re: Siblings indicted in drug ring, Jan. 8 Times:

Editor: As concerned residents of Hernando County, we wish to express our thanks and admiration to the entire Sheriff's Office, and especially those involved in the latest drug bust, "Operation Family Ties."

Although the deputies were not identified and we may not see these happenings, it is comforting to know our Sheriff's Office is out there doing a great job every day, protecting the people and making a safe and sound community.

Usually, they do not get the recognition they so rightly deserve. Keep up the good work, deputies. We appreciate you!

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zablocki, Spring Hill

Woman left a legacy of commitment

Re: Joan Lentini,"Mother of the beach,' dies, Dec. 17 Times:

Editor: I will miss Joan Lentini. I will miss her leadership, her dedication, her focus, her commitment and the great example she showed of how to live and work successfully. She is a shining example of what it means to "give back" because that is what she did in every aspect of her life.

She loved her family, her friends and her community, and she made it evident in her life and work.

Anyone who stands firmly for what they believe in will have adversaries, some friendly and some not so friendly. At some point, all great leaders must take a stand for what they believe in. Joan took a stand, stood her ground, placed her stakes with precision and fought tirelessly for what she believed in. She lived a great life.

Every chance I had, I spent time talking with Joan because it was easy to recognize her greatness. When she would ask what I was doing, I would tell her that I was working to be like her some day. I learned from her counsel on how to live. At 74, she was really starting to kick up her heels, and I was thrilled by the light in her eye and the bounce in her step. She was an inspiration to keep doing, keep going, keep working and keep living, regardless of age or energy level.

The community now mourns her absence, but did we fully appreciate her presence? I think there is a lesson to be learned for each of us who knew her; Joan would throw her head back and laugh to know she is making as large of an imprint in her death as she did in her life. Given time, maybe even larger.

What we do as the result of our lesson and our memories will be our tribute to her. We will miss you, Joan.

Tracy Echols, Spring Hill