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Make students wear helmets

I want to know why the Sheriff's Department and the middle school administration allow school children under the age of 16 to break the law by allowing the children to ride bikes to school without wearing bike helmets. Aiding & abetting at its best. Why do you not care enough to do the job you receive a paycheck for? Some of these children have to pass by two crossing guards to get onto school property not wearing helmets. Do you think brain injuries are cheap and temporary? With the State of Florida being second in the nation with the most bicycle accidents why would you want to increase the statistics? Common sense is not so common apparently and then you wonder why the federal government knows FCATS are necessary.

You must know by now the tragedy and extreme costs of a brain injury. It only takes a slight head injury to cause a life time of severe difficulties.

You are violating the LAW. Statue 316.025.3(d) of Title XXIIL Motor Vehicles, bicycle helmet law.... "a bicycle rider who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted & fastened securely upon the passenger's head by a strap, that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute(ANSI Z 90.4 Bicycle Helmet Standards), the standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation (1984 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling), or any other nationally recognized standards for bicycle helmets adopted by the department. As used in this subsection, the term "passenger" includes a child who is riding in a trailer or semitrailer attached to a bicycle.

Start writing tickets to these children's parents and you'd see how quick helmets would be worn or do not allow bikes on school property at all.

For the love & welfare of your children, set an example of good parenting, teaching, policing as to what it takes to be a law abiding citizen and get helmets on them.

A true southerner

Okay, here we go again. I’m a true southerner, born and raised in the south. I’m not one of these snow birds who move to the south and live here for a couple of years then claim to be a southerner. I have to laugh when I go to Publix and watch these snow birds in the parking lot and of course in the store. In the store you have to watch them because they're always in a hurry and believe me they will run you over with their shopping cart. I'm thinking their house must be on fire and they have to hurry home to put it out. Now for the parking lot… they see someone backing out of a parking space and if they want the space they'll sit and wait, but if not they'll sit and lay down on that horn, and it’s a wonder they don't give the poor soul backing out a heart-attack. When these snow birds pack up and come south for our nice warm weather and our beaches you would think they would know in the south we take things slow, laid back and enjoy life. It's not good to be in such a rush. No wonder the doctor’s office is so full in the winter when they come down. So please don't be so rude and unfriendly… respect us southern folks. Life is too short to just hurry through it. Just lay back and enjoy our warm weather and of course, the slow moving Southerner.

Bikes, use the sidewalk

I just don’t understand why the bicyclists can’t use the sidewalks when there is no bike path on the road. Yesterday a lone bicyclist was riding right beside my car on the shoulder of the road and a truck was coming the other way. It left me hardly any room to move over and I was forced to almost stop In the middle of the road to let the truck go by or hit the cyclist!! It was a scary situation! If there is a law that says bikers can’t use the sidewalk, then it should be changed. On Dixie Highway no one walks on the sidewalks anyway! I know I’m not the only one feeling this way! And to bikers who ride 4 x 4. Isn’t that unlawful? Someone is going to really get hurt some day!

Let’s talk about cats

I’m writing about feral cats – my neighbor has at least two of them and leaves them out at night.

These cats leave their droppings on my lawn and on my grounds where I have fruit trees.

I have my own cat and dog and, by law, the dog needs to have a leash on when I walk her. The cat has her own box to do her thing, and I keep it clean.

The cat and dog have a real relationship and play together. When the dog goes to lie down, the cat snuggles next to the dog.

My feeling is that those who let their cats out should face a fine for letting them out at night.

I keep both my dog and cat in very good health and love them as if they were my children.

Other neighbors on my block have either a cat or dog, and the ones with the cat keeps them inside; and the place is always clean. The other neighbor does not keep (his) driveway clean at all. It's like (he) shows no care.

Now, when he goes to walk his dog, the dog has a leash, which is by law, and he doesn’t clean up after the dog as others do here.

Many carry a bag and wear a glove so they don't get their hands full of the germs. So, this is my response to “Cats in the neighborhood.”

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