Today's Letters: Elderly drivers should be tested

Published May 31, 2007

Anyone who reads the article about young Andrew Nappi's death should be heartbroken. Andrew was a hard-working, intelligent young man. We've known him since our sons were in Cub Scouts together. I watched him play Little League and can remember him running from base to base, his arms and legs going a mile a minute.

I could not walk into Wendy's without seeing that diligent young man working his tail off. He was never too busy to say hello and give us a warm smile. He'd ask about our son, his friend, and say they needed to get together and catch up, but their busy schedules always seemed to interfere.

However, their days of reminiscing and hanging out are over, ended by an elderly driver who likely should not have been driving. Whether the 79-year-old driver did not see him or believed she had the right of way, the result is the same. A fine young man is dead. He will never get married, have children or raise a family. All because a driver with diminished driving capabilities was out for an evening drive.

It is time our legislators here in the state of Florida begin to protect all its residents. A special series of tests for anyone older than 70 needs to be implemented immediately. An elderly driver with diminished faculties is just as dangerous as an impaired driver. Older drivers wielding a 3, 000- to 4, 000-pound projectile are as dangerous as someone firing a gun indiscriminately in a room of people. They don't mean to kill, but they do.

For all our safety as well as their own, get elderly drivers off the road and begin testing now.

Ted Johns, New Port Richey

Paper delivery just won't stop

I recently telephoned the Sheriff's Office around 9 a.m. about trash continually being thrown into my yard. I called again at 11:24 a.m. before a deputy arrived. The trash to which I am referring is a weekly newspaper. I have called the circulation supervisor on at least six different occasions asking that they not deposit their product on my property as I have never subscribed to or requested it. As a result of their noncompliance to my request I continually have the burden and expense of making a special trip to the property to remove their trash or face possible issues with my homeowners association.

Deputy S. Schuck arrived about 11:40 a.m. and when I explained my concerns he appeared quite amused. His response was that it was "freedom of the press." Maybe I missed something when I went to school, but I don't know where in the First Amendment that it states you also have the right to dump the garbage that you have the right to print anywhere that you please. Giving Deputy Schuck the benefit of the doubt, I asked if I could take my newspapers and throw them in my neighbor's yard? To that his response was, "What would you like me to do?"

My answer to the deputy was that if he couldn't figure it out then I would just contact Sheriff White. With that he started to leave, then returned and asked if I would like his card.

I would have to think that somewhere between littering and illegal dumping that there is a law that prohibits this continual abuse.

Danny J. Santilli, Hudson

Thank you for supporting troops

My sons and I own and operate the Morgan Funeral Home in New Port Richey. Through my work with the Community Service Council, I want to say thank you to the council and its outreach committee for all the work it does and continues to do with Operation Shoebox for our young men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through this wonderful program, care boxes for our troops are filled with all sorts of personal care items and food along with notes of thanks and praise for their service to their country.

We at Morgan Funeral Home are pleased to be one of the drop off points for Operation Shoebox items. I also want to give a special thanks to the Lady Lakers of Beacon Lakes Condos for their generous financial contribution toward the council's efforts.

Susan Morgan King, New Port Richey