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Today's Letters: Technology may resolve this issue

Letters to the Editor
Published February 22, 2008


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Re: traffic signal timing

We have spent a lot of money on attractive, storm-proof poles to support traffic lights. However, the lack of left turn arrows and a greater problem of timing remain - i.e., Sunset Point Road at County Road 1. You often sit looking at an empty road. There seems to be no change in the cycle time, whether it is Friday rush hour or Sunday at 7 a.m.

If we can rely on cheap sensors to parallel park a luxury car, can't a similar technology determine the volume of traffic and adjust?

Michael Hayes,Dunedin

Cell phones don't mix with driving

Anyone who has driven the highways and byways of the greater Tampa and surrounding areas has most certainly noticed the high number of irritating drivers and the predominant cause of that irritation: talking on their cell phones while attempting to drive.

This epidemic, which is at critical mass, has caused a chain reaction of stupidity. This will only strengthen the resolve of angry motorists who wish nothing more than to see these morons drive off the Howard Frankland Bridge at a high rate of speed while they are attempting to reconnect with their dropped calls.

Florida needs stricter cell phone regulations.

Michael Poznoski, Safety Harbor

A simple solution for the homeless

To all the do-gooders who are trying to solve the homeless problem: Take home a homeless person. Feed them, clothe them, get them a haircut and shave, help them find a job.

Why is it that people will go to animal shelters and adopt a pet and spend thousands on vet bills, yet refuse to take home a homeless person?

I support the vagrant laws and they need to be enforced. If a vagrant is an alcoholic or drug addict, they need to go to a treatment center. If they have mental problems, they need to be in a supervised group home or institution. If they are a homeless veteran, they need to be under the veterans health care system.

There is no reason for these "homeless people" to be on the streets.

Jim McColeman,Clearwater

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