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Subject: Re: Give motorcycle riders road room, Dec. 14 letter to the editor
My daughter, Lisa, who is in her third year of medical school in Israel, sent me a link to this very poignant letter to the editor. I am Randi Lavikoff's brother, and Randi was Lisa's aunt.
As Milton Gonzalez so aptly expressed "...she may be someone's...sister, aunt, mother...." Randi also was the mother of two sons, Jeremy and Ryan Bailey, as well as a grandmother. She also was a partner to her biking companion, whom she knew for many years.
Gonzalez is correct. I am not a biker, but I am not against people who are bikers. However, as a friend of mine, who was a police detective in Newark, N.J., said, people often do tend to ignore bikers on the road.
Randi was a very cautious person from what I know, and from what many people, including her partner, told me and my girlfriend. In fact, when my girlfriend and I, and subsequently, my daughter and I, visited her in June and July, she was so proud, showing us the motorcycle helmet she had purchased and how protective it was. Unfortunately, in a situation such as the accident she was involved in, it did her no good.
To conclude, I agree with Mr. Gonzalez, that the public has to be educated on giving motorcycle riders a break. I also agree, as does my friend, the retired police detective, based on the facts I know, that the person that hit her got off lightly.
Neil J. Lavikoff, Boca Raton
Season's wishes for Christmas House
Recently I made a seasonal visit to Rogers' Christmas House Village in Brooksville.
There were a good number of other shoppers on that Sunday afternoon, but nowhere near as many as other times.
The five houses have individual themes, each one with various and unique items of interest. It's easy to find something for anyone, including yourself.
I don't typically make the rounds of Christmas shopping with intentions of purchasing something for myself. It's a selfish act that taints the spirit of the holiday season, but this year was different.
Although I bought presents for friends, neighbors and relatives, my eyes were tantalized by out-of-season items that will accent my home year-round.
It's a shame Rogers' has a cash flow problem and may face bankruptcy in the near future.
I hope this holiday season will offer a bit of a reprieve, but the economy suggests otherwise.
A visit to the business can uplift your spirits from the moment you enter the fairy-tale atmosphere.
The customer associates have a cheerful demeanor that lightens the soul.
It's obvious that other shoppers relish the same feeling of joy.
Ron Rae, Spring Hill
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