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SUGGESTED CHANGES FOR SENIORS' SAFETY

The recent stories about the pedestrian accident on Missouri Avenue in Largo made me think about another recent occasion where an elderly gentleman was killed and his wife injured when using the crosswalk with the lights at nearby Jasper Street and Missouri Avenue.

I don't believe in complaining about a situation unless I have an accompanying suggestion for fixing it, so here is my suggestion: That part of Missouri Avenue should be designated a senior pedestrian zone, with a lower speed limit and no turn on red allowed in that zone. Also, the walk lights could be adjusted to hold a little longer so elderly people who can't walk so fast can make it across with the light.

I drive in this area and I would certainly be willing to adapt myself to these small changes if it meant someone's life would be saved.

Sharon Lindsey, Largo

Help available to avoid foreclosure

As an organization that promotes long-term home ownership, the Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services is distressed that Florida continues to be a leading state for foreclosure. What many homeowners don't realize is that foreclosure is preventable.

The first and most important step is to call for help. There are many HUD-certified housing organizations, including Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, available to help those facing foreclosure.

We offer one-on-one consumer counseling and education to help borrowers who think they may fall behind.

I also encourage homeowners facing foreclosure to utilize the HOPE foreclosure prevention hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE. This nationwide, toll-free hotline is facilitated by the nonprofit Homeownership Preservation Foundation and NeighborWorks¨ America to preserve home ownership and prevent foreclosures.

The earlier homeowners seek help, the sooner they can become aware of what they are facing and learn the foreclosure prevention options available to them so they may keep their homes.

Isay Gulley, president/CEO, Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services

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