Letters to the Editors
On St. Andrews, look again
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 8, 2002
Editor: Re: Roads in the Heather:
First, I would like to thank the forward-looking commissioners who adopted the road-repaving project using a gasoline tax. Our roads look great. I haven't heard of anyone being against it.
However, there is a small group of residents who seem to be against the realigning of St. Andrews Boulevard from two lanes to one lane with a bike/walking lane. One has to wonder whether these folks drive St. Andrews Boulevard with their eyes open. Haven't they seen the walkers, joggers, golfers pulling their golf bags, and mothers walking with children and strollers having to share that substandard width road with two lanes of traffic?
Haven't they been passed by large trucks while they were doing the speed limit, wondering whether there was going to be enough room?
Haven't they noticed the damage that has been caused by drivers plowing into the shrubbery and trees in the center median?
The association has just undergone a program of replacing the damaged shrubs and trees with Aztec grass and crape myrtles. Some of our large trees still bear the scars of being hit by passing cars. Did they even notice that one of the light poles was taken down? Have they ever wondered why one of our lovely palm trees is bent over? It was struck by an errant driver and never grew straight again.
For years, residents have complained about the speeders on St. Andrews. The police have even put in the radar unit to deter speeders. With one lane, it should deter those who would pass residents who observe the 30 mph speed limit.
It's hard to believe that some residents would be willing to sacrifice the trees in the median to keep a dangerous two-lane road. Their agenda has to be something other than safety. They are to be reminded that 82 percent of the residents said they were in favor of one lane in a survey conducted by a property owners association.
Invocation is proper; motto can adorn walls
Editor: Re: School Board shows scorn for the law, Nov. 28 letter to the editor by Polly Levine, who is against invocations before School Board meetings:
Invocation is proper. "In God we trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall Christian, right-wing political slogan; it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the U.S. House of Representatives in our Capitol, and it is printed on our currency.
We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on walls of our schools.
God is in our pledge, our national anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor his birth, death and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have him.
God bless America!
Justice was not done in political signs case
Editor: Re: Thurman's silence closes signs inquiry, Dec. 5 Times: I don't think justice was done. Congresswoman Karen Thurman wasn't there. The deputy who saw those people was the person to arrest them and press charges on them.
Why did the case end up on Assistant State Attorney Bill Catto's desk? Because the state attorney was the other party's friend.
This sounds beautiful, "Ginny Brown Waite's husband and his friend Larry Laxton will not face charges for stealing and vandalizing 'Thurman for Congress' signs." What a big laugh!
They should send that deputy back to the academy, or go and open a law book to see what a good deputy has to do when he sees somebody stealing.
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