Today's Letters: Let the trucks keep on rolling
By Letters to the editor
Published February 22, 2008
I've been hauling fill dirt since 1969. There isn't much I haven't seen. We're in some very lean times right now since the housing market has crashed.
I haven't worked my truck in over a year. All the owner-operator positions are filled. I call around every now and then but to no avail.
I read the article about the approval of the artificial lake.
Although there isn't any fill dirt in this area to speak of, if I were Gibbs, I wouldn't have settled for no trucks on Lutz-Lake Fern going west.
First of all, when was the last time a large truck ran over a child that was walking? I see cars doing it all the time.
Second, with the cost of diesel hovering at $3.35 a gallon and large trucks lucky to get 6 miles per gallon, what if a job is at Gunn and Lutz-Lake Fern? What route do we take?
The county truck route authority is very clear that if a truck has business on a restricted road or into a restricted area, it is allowed to proceed because it has a delivery there. Very clear.
Why not restrict the hours of trucking operation instead? When school is opening or closing, hold the trucks, duh!
Daniel P. Orsello, Citrus Park
We deserve better
I read with dismay the abandonment of the east-west expressway in New Tampa. It is too bad Tampa and Hillsborough County could not have set aside a reserve fund for this when these governments were flush with money from property taxes of overburdened taxpayers during the booming real estate market.
Once again, it is evident to all but the fickle or uninformed that the city and county view New Tampa as a lucrative cash cow.
Also, I read that Carrollwood now has a cultural center for the performing arts.
I applaud them for their persistence in making this happen. New Tampa is as equally deserving of a center since people must travel downtown to satisfy musical tastes.
I guess we'll have to be content with our parks and ballfields and developer playgrounds. Remember, like children of yesteryear, we should be seen and not heard.
Earl A. Myers, Jr., Live Oak Preserve
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