Don't blow your horn
To the person who wrote that there is a federal law the engineer has to blow the train horn at crossings no matter what, if there is such a law, the person should cite it.
Laws, laws, laws -- if the law isn't enforced, it is quite meaningless.
I feel sorry for anybody that lives within a mile of a crossing where the train blows their horn.
Events bring jobs
In the March 29 issue of Hometown News one Ranter complained about what the snowbirds, Bike Week spring break and Biketoberfest does for him.
I have to wonder just how bitter this person is? Each of these events not only brings money in for businesses, it also brings jobs. It helps the economy and helps keep our taxes down. Since these events are yearly and planned, maybe this person should make efforts to stay at home. You get the advantage of enjoying the weather year round. You get the advantage of enjoying our beautiful beaches year round. You get to enjoy the wonderful restaurants all year long. These people come for a short period of time and spend money and leave. So if these events bother you so much, plan a staycation and enjoy your life.
Too much kicking the can
I would like to congratulate the Edgewater Public Works trash collector, whom on a weekly basis seems it is necessary to kick the lid off my trash can (as I have witnessed on numerous occasions), that you have finally been able to break one of the handles off the lid. Your persistence in taking out your anger on my defenseless trash can is notable. But in doing so, you also managed to separate $70 from my wallet to replace said trash can (as the lids for my old one are not sold separately). If you were to channel your frustrations into picking up the garbage that you leave behind in my front yard, I am sure we would both benefit mutually and be much happier people. No tip for you this Christmas.
It's amazing that, in this economy, the city of DeLand can find $2.7 million to tear down the existing Sanborn Center and replace it with a building that can seat 350 people. The original building, which was built in the early '60s, was intended as a senior center and can seat 220 people. The new building, it appears, is intended to put the city in the room rental and catering business instead of the business of catering to seniors. So we're going to spend $2.7 million in order to seat an additional 130 people. (Of course the city will have to borrow or "beg" $800,000 of that $2.7 million.) I guess their business plan explains why this makes sense but it doesn't make any sense to me. It's the wrong project at the wrong time.