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Today's Letters: Don't malign alert residents
Letters to the Editor
Published December 16, 2007
Re: Nosy neighbor ends pot plot Dec. 12 story
Only recently the news reflected on the murder of a Masaryktown couple, which is still unsolved. Accompanying that was an appeal from the Sheriff's Office seeking information from anyone who may have seen anything that could lead to the arrest of the person or persons who committed these horrible murders.
We are asked to be our neighbor's keeper and watch each other's backs. We are asked to keep our ears and eyes open to be cognizant of what goes around us, and if anything seems suspicious, call the Sheriff's Office.
The headline on the referenced story was the lead-in to the story of the discovery of three grow houses in the community. In my opinion, the headline was in poor taste and I think the Times should be more careful when sensationalizing its headlines. Were it not for this "nosy neighbor" think of the amount of marijuana that would have hit the streets. Chances are there are more of these houses in our community and if, as Crime Watch volunteers and decent citizens, we assist the deputies in doing their jobs, we should be addressed as "concerned citizens," not "nosy neighbors."
Sorry, Times. I hope you have not discouraged others from calling the Sheriff's Office if they see something unusual in their community.
Chris Wright, Spring Hill
Re: Motorcyclist dies in U.S. 19 crash Dec. 12 story
Death warrants more than a fine
I, too, read the original article on the lady who was killed and I was very upset.
Then I read our ABATE president's response (Give motorcycle riders road room, Dec. 14 letter). I also wonder how a person can cause a person's death and get just a small fine or traffic ticket. I mean, it's not like they sideswiped and car and did $1,000 damage to the paint. You pull out in front of or sideswipe a bike, and they are going down hard! If they are not killed they mostly likely will be busted up for life.
And when you are talking this kind of money and time to fix a broken life, or the death of a loved one, it should not be a civil matter.
The state should buck up and protect bikers with laws that help us. Yes, it's our choice to ride bikes and take the chance, but it also is our right as Americans to do so and share the road with all, be it cars, trucks, mopeds or pedestrians. If you kill or ruin a biker's life you should pay more than just a careless driving ticket.
At the least the state should go after an offender with a felony action, and not leave it to the poor busted-up biker or his family with no money or insurance to go after the driver.
We need help, Florida!
Scott Renz, Brooksville
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