Letters to the Editors
Strategy for sharing road: Take it slow
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 24, 2002
Editor: Re: Bicyclists, motorcyclists put us all at risk, Nov. 17 letter to the editor from Bobby Day, and his complaints and concerns about the bicyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts who share our Spring Lake area roadways.
Mr. Day, you are quick to complain, but you offer no solutions. From what you have written, you are in fact, more of a danger to us than the bicycles and motorcycles you so fear. You live in this area and travel these roads daily. You know the roads are hilly with blind curves. You see the bicyclists and motorcyclists each weekend. Yet, you admit you and your wife exceed the speed limit regularly.
You give examples where you each were speeding when confronted with a dangerous situation. You even went off the road, endangering yourself and others, because you were obviously going too fast to stop safely. The solution is simple: Slow down! You are aware of the hazards. Instead of going 5 mph-plus over the speed limit, use some common sense and try going 5 mph slower than the posted speed.
Our friends and neighbors have every right to share our roadways. Do your part to keep it safer for all of us.
A couple other common sense ideas: May I suggest a bicycle lane? Or an occasional police officer, with radar, to deter speeders?
Drivers should pay attention, look twice
Editor: Re: Bicyclists, motorcyclists put us all at risk, Nov. 17 letter to the editor:
Working to gauge employee matters
Editor: I couldn't believe my eyes the other day as I passed a Hernando County patch truck and crew. Lo and behold, Commissioner Diane Rowden was working with the crews, wearing one of their orange work shirts.
Maybe if the other commissioners spent some quality time with the rank-and-file employees, they, too, could better gauge employee matters, both good and bad.
Hats off to the county employees who are uniting to get their issues addressed. Fifty to 60 percent-plus in a union vote is considerably more than a "handful of disgruntled employees," as Human Resources director Barbara Dupre described in the Nov. 19 Times. Commissioner Rowden is right; "union" is not a four-letter word," and never has been.
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