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Friendly drivers are hard to find

Letter to the Editor
Published August 24, 2006

We recently visited family and friends in the Clearwater area.

A bad storm flooded many streets and the stoplights were not operating properly. One direction flashed red, the other yellow.

I have never seen so many rude drivers. The drivers on the flashing yellow light side did not stop. They kept going one after another. This of course caused the red light side to have to sit and wait until an experienced driver stopped to allow that lane to pass through.

When we arrived back in Indiana, we came upon the same situation. A hard rain storm took out the electricity, causing the stoplights in a busy area to not operate. What did our local drivers do? They stopped, letting each automobile go through the intersections properly, preventing a backup of cars. So the tempers did not flare.

It would have been nice to see this happen in the Clearwater area, but I also notice not many drivers are considerate there. Everyone is in a horrible hurry.

Thanks for letting me vent my thoughts.

Donna McCloskey, Edinburgh, Ind.

Don't criticize Humane Society; volunteer instead

Re: Humane Society is going downhill, letter by Hannah Myers, Aug. 16.

I would like to know how Ms. Hannah Myers got all her information. She is not a staff member and she is not a volunteer, but knows it all.

If she would volunteer several hours a week (take the dogs for a walk, pet and brush them, like I do, or clean the cages in 90-degree heat), then she would not have the time to write such lies about the Pinellas Humane Society.

I guess she has not seen the beautiful new renovated section for our beloved dogs. So come and help us out. We need volunteers and donations to make our facility an outstanding home for the homeless and mistreated animals we love so much and care for.

Christa Koch, Oldsmar

Event to press Congress to make cancer a priority

On Sept. 1, I will join thousands of others in Washington, D.C., for "Celebration on the Hill," a ground-breaking event of the American Cancer Society's sister advocacy organization, the American Cancer Society Action Network. Celebration on the Hill will celebrate cancer survivorship and send a strong message to elected officials that cancer must be made a national policy priority.

This year, an estimated 565,000 people nationwide will die of cancer, including 40,000 in Florida alone. Yet Congress last year cut funding for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute for the first time in more than a decade, and this year congressional leaders are threatening additional cuts.

As one of 4,000 ambassadors who will attend Celebration on the Hill, I will be meeting with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to urge him to demonstrate a commitment to elevating cancer on the national policy agenda. We will be encouraging lawmakers to sign the Congressional Cancer Promise, which details specific legislative actions that are required to put us back on track toward defeating this disease.

Last year, 92 U.S. senators and 280 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter to the president in support of the national challenge goal of eliminating suffering and death due to cancer by the year 2015.

Lawmakers must now commit to making the policy decisions necessary to reach that goal, including expanding prevention and detection programs that increase survival rates, boosting medical-research funding and ensuring that all Americans have access to all the latest tools for treating cancer.

I look forward to joining the thousands of cancer patients, survivors and their families who will participate in Celebration on the Hill. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I promised to do everything I could to defeat this disease. This September, I will be asking Sen. Bill Nelson to do the same.

P.S. My son, Lanier I. Quinn III, was the 2001 Police Officer of the Year for the city of St. Petersburg. He died of colon cancer on June 7, 2004.

Lanier I. Quinn Jr., Clearwater

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