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Rants & raves
Rating: 2.29 / 5 (7 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Oct 04 - 06:46

New road islands are ridiculous

The new islands in the middle of U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce are ridiculous. To go one way, you have to go the other way. There are no left turns allowed, and gas prices are too high for all that turning around.

Dog owners, clean up

I'm all for cleaning up after your dog. I live in a community with a pet section, and I clean up after my dog. Not everyone does, though. When I take my dog out, she heads back to her own property to take care of business. All dog owners should be more careful.

Ask for advice

I think that the U.S. government should ask the Shiites and the Sunnis how to run a government. The idiots we have in office have no idea.

What is AT&T trying to do?

We people on fixed incomes cannot afford a double phone bill. We can't afford prescriptions and now, we can hardly afford a phone line that most of use for emergencies only. At this time, as hard as it is, why let this awful thing happen?

Beware of drugs, not smoke

The most recent proclamation banning smoking on hospital grounds is a farce. There is more danger inside the hospital with the drugs that are used. Patients should pay more attention to what they are given. They might be surprised.

What happened to jobs for Americans?

How come on every construction site I see, there are nothing but illegal aliens working? What about the jobs going to Americans? Our kids are starving, and we are paying illegals to work here. It needs to stop.

Automated phone systems

Whatever happened to the time you could call a business number and speak to someone? Now all you get is a machine telling you to press 1, 2 or sometimes up to 4 numbers. I have tried calling a local business, and with all the options given, I got none for the reason I wanted. I called the main office number and got the same thing. Do I need to make a trip to the office?

Cops should share cars

It is up to us, the people, to manage and elect those who best serve our purpose. It is therefore up to discussion, in this time of a sagging economy, how to best spend money we no longer have. It is, of course, to spend where necessary and eliminate that which we can't afford.

One observation is that police officers, by taking their police vehicles home at the end of their shift, are not making the best use of our limited motor pool. I thought, like you, it is a deterrent to crime if you have a neighbor with his police vehicle in the driveway. It could be, but it is taking a vehicle that could be used by the next shift. It amounts to more than the gas, etc., on the bottom line.

I only know of one officer, who uses his vehicle this way. There is another area in which I have lived, where an officer has three vehicles parked in his driveway from three different cities.

So, let's share a ride.

Cell phone users should be fined

Why haven't officials banned the use of cell phones while driving?

Yesterday I had a woman on her cell phone cut me off as she pulled out onto a major road. I have a large van and there was no way she didn't see me coming.

There was a woman on her cell phone who was not paying that much attention to her driving. She kept drifting over into the other lanes. I'm sorry to say I didn't have any way to contact 911 to report either of these.

If you need to use your phone, pull over and stop to talk. It should be made a law, with a hefty fine, if not observed.

Act like trash, pick up trash

Recently, several articles were written ranting about litter problems. We have many people committing criminal acts within our community. These people rob us, harm us, commit property damage, take advantage of us and give our community a bad name. I think it's time to pay it back.

The misdemeanor offenders get litter projects along with jail time. They wear fluorescent T-shirts that state "I Love My Community and I'm Paying Back." Everyone will see them and this if not a lesson learned at least it will benefit us.

The message it speaks is "Act like trash then pick up trash." I would much rather see our tax dollars pay for supervision of a program like this that truly benefits us as a whole.

Poopy politics

Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reasons.

Memorials are a distraction

There are two memorials to accident deaths on the side of roads that I know of.

I know they are special to the friends and family, but they are also so beautiful that people driving by take a second and third look. People turn around in the street to go back and view it again. People stop on the side of the road and take pictures, etc.

All these things are very dangerous, and create an accident waiting to happen again.

I really don't think we need such elaborate memorials on the side of the roads.

I mean no disrespect to the dead or the friends and family who are hurting, but we don't need any more hurting due to another accident.

There are so many distractions for drivers now, that we don't need to build more.

What are our priorities?

When the teachers union brags about our education system, reflect on the statistic that Americans spend 4.7 hours per day watching TV, but only 17 percent of us can name at least three members of the U.S. Supreme Court. We know "Jersey Shore" and "Dancing with the Stars" but we know little about George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. How can teachers pretend to be proud of our public schools?

Can't feel safe

There are so many things to worry about these days. There are so many crimes being committed by young and old alike. It's impossible to feel safe leaving your windows open or going for a walk in the evening time. It's as if we live in a time in which we must carry a stick or worse, a gun, to feel safe.

Enough with commercials

Today we are flooded with cable TV, Direct TV and Dish Network programming. These are old technology and old money-making schemes, and we are bombarded with commercial after commercial, with little entertainment, unlike the good old days, when each and every program had at least one sponsor, we now have as many as 10 or more 30-second annoying commercials.

Why not have these satellite programs on the new digital side channels of the local T.V. stations? That would be as close to ala carte programming as possible.

The religious and Latino channels are already enjoying the riches of local audiences, so why not CNN, MSNBC, Bravo, HBO, etc. Cable TV, Dish network and Direct TV are expensive for the amount of real entertainment.

The massive doses of commercials are negating the entire entertainment process. Using digital channels will also spread the profits around to our local affiliates and, as a result, our local governments will benefit more.

I am aware that these networks especially cable TV pay hefty fees for use of the local utilities, but new taxes are being discovered all the time, so why not from digital TV instead of satellite TV programming?

Food stamp run around

I have a rant about our state's assistance programs. I have had to apply for food stamps since having to stop working due to injuries sustained from a car accident.

Everyone has proclaimed that the "new system" of obtaining assistance from the state will be very user-friendly and easier in the long run for all involved. Well, I don't feel that way at all.

I applied for food stamps and temporary cash assistance due to the fact that I have no income and have a child and the child support that I do get is very sporadic. (I am thankful that I do receive it when I do.) I couldn't apply online and had to phone in. I had them send me the application in the mail and then when I received it, I faxed in my proof of income, mortgage, utilities and medical bills, and I did so the day after I received my letter from DCF. I used a friend's fax machine, because I couldn't afford to use a professional one that charged $1 a page, much less I don't have use of my car due to no insurance or an up-to-date registration.

I waited 15 days, like the lady had said, for expedited food stamps. I called many times after the 15 days were up, trying to get an answer only to be hung up on several times due to too many lines being used.

After 30 days of not hearing from them again, by mail, I went online, since they had an updated website for applicants and found that I "chose not to apply." I wanted to pull every last hair out of my head. I had to repeat the process all over again.

In between, I've had friends drive me to the Salvation Army and a few other small food banks so as to not starve. After applying for the expedited food stamps online, where they take your information and just believe it for now, kind of thing, I finally got some help, 35 days later, of $150 for one month, of expedited food stamps. I still had to fax in my proof paperwork again and this would be for the next six months. I could see online how much they already allotted to us and was quite excited that we would be able to eat every day, much less three times a day.

This time a friend took me to a professional fax and paid the $9 for my fax usage. I have been waiting 22 days for this months allotment of food stamps. I have called DCF three times and got through: once a lady told me that yes, my food stamp allotment was approved and it would be available in 24 hours.

The second time a lady said that she didn't know what the hold up was, that it looked like they were just processing it and I would have to wait for the social worker to approve it and they would send a letter.

For some reason, the system isn't working for my case even though I have no income and was diligent in getting all my proof of income and bills into the DCF office.

The third time I called, I asked if there was anything they were waiting on and was told no and I had to wait for my social worker to approve it. I was told I can't ask for my social worker by name for some reason and no one seems to know what's going on.

The website tells me how much is allotted to us and we can't get it. I don't understand. Why we are waiting so long? Especially when we were allotted the amount and all the T's were crossed and I's were dotted. We're hungry.

Stop for buses

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it a law to stop when a school bus is flashing its lights and slowing down to stop?

Don't drivers realize that means a child is near and about to walk to get on that bus? That child could be coming in any direction. Drivers be aware. There have been too many tragedies already because cars/trucks do not stop.

I take my granddaughter to her bus stop at 7 a.m. I have had to jump from my car and stand in the middle of the street waving my arms as my granddaughter crossed the street to board her school bus. Only then do they start slowing down.

Wake up, drivers, before you get behind the wheel in the morning. It's the law: stop.

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