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More traffic, not enough planning

From one side of the county to the other, traveling on State Road 50 displays an unbelievable number of signs for this and that. Small signs, large signs, signs behind other signs and further back from the road. They're all meant to grab your attention. Their bright lights at night give a different perspective.

But there's one factor that overrides any others: Getting from one red light to the next is a test of patience for even the best of drivers. Trying to bypass the traffic is pretty much futile, with the side-street traffic. Besides, there's just the one lane available to drive in. So, with time on your mind and music to help you through the congestion, you're as prepared as possible to sit through a red light, maybe two or three lights, before you can be on your way to the next red light.

It's more serious than ever to be aware of red light runners. More serious accidents and other traffic stoppers. More road rage. The county is behind on maintaining more than one road in disrepair, regardless of whether it is a north-south or east-west artery to other red lights. The county and its traffic situations are surrounded by other counties in the midst of similar traffic problems that could have been avoided if more forethought had been used. Those are some of the woeful traffic conditions along State Road 50 today in Orange County.

It probably will happen in Hernando County. Right now, SR 50 at Interstate 75 needs repair. Right now, there's a bit of red-light-waiting at the entrances to I-75 and the Suncoast Parkway. To the south, County Line Road has been forsaken for years. It is a road to be avoided. Zoom or doom. Mariner at SR 50 is still manageable, but Mariner at Spring Hill Drive is another red light story.

Unless you're dealing with waiting at traffic signals, multi-lane roads anywhere in the county are prime for "zoomfests,'' most often with speeding 15 mph above the posted limit. Law enforcement isn't able to enforce the laws. Putting unmanned patrol cars in the median of a road just doesn't do it. Sometimes you can't fool anybody at any time. What will law enforcement be able to handle with aggravated traffic conditions?

It all boils down to more people, more traffic. There are enough plans in the works for new subdivisions. With roads already in disrepair, it makes little sense to burden the roadways and the drivers with additional traffic. Too much growth in a short period of time will get out of control; traffic will be out of control, law enforcement will be out of control, red lights will be in control.

Ron Rae, Spring Hill

Please go quietly, Mrs. Robinson

Nancy Robinson is showing the voters of Hernando County what a power-hungry individual she really is. She was soundly beaten in the November election by Rose Rocco and is now playing the game related to redistricting, which Nancy had a hand in, most likely realizing that her most ardent opponent, Rocco, would continue to oppose her in a forthcoming election.

My advice: "Hey, Mrs. Robinson, we all see what you have done.'' Step down with the balance of dignity that you still possess; you are not endearing yourself to Hernando County residents.

Karl Maier, Brooksville

Re: Masaryktown homicides:

Hard work solves crimes, not CSI

First, as a former detective with the Sheriff's Office, I can speak from experience when I say that when a crime of this nature occurs, our deputies and detectives absolutely take it personally, as they should. During my 20 years in the criminal justice business, I have yet to meet a more dedicated and professional group of law enforcement officers.

Second, contrary to popular TV viewers' beliefs, a relatively small percentage of homicides are solved solely through the efforts of CSI divisions. Typically, it is still the expenditure of shoe leather and the suspect's uncanny inability to keep his mouth shut that solves murders. Hair, blood, even fingerprints can prove worthless in hunting for the suspect if that individual hasn't been entered into a national database.

Lastly, the lack of media coverage appears to be a concern that should be placed on the shoulders of, well, the media. Last I heard, the sheriff doesn't decide what appears on the front page of the Hernando Times.

As a postscript to the cretin who committed this heinous crime: Sleep tight, your time is coming.

Mark Gongre, Spring Hill