Where is the acknowledgement?
It would really be nice if Palm Bay city employees, including our new mayor, would acknowledge that you had contacted them/him.
Our former mayor always acknowledged emails, calls, etc. Also, the employees did the same.
Is this something new in Palm Bay since we now have a mayor, who is more concerned about prestige and spending money, money that could go to needed things such as road repairs?
I am sure he lives on a beautifully paved street, so he is not concerned about the others who are not.
I cannot wait for election time.
Don't judge the homeless
I find it insulting that people judge people by a look or a way of life.
Yes, this is a great nation. We have homeless people. That does not mean they are addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Yes, some are, but stop and think what you would do if you lost your job and home. Jobs are hard to come by, so thank goodness you have one.
What about our military, who come home and have lost everything; or a father or mother that comes home and (have) lost their jobs to a layoff and just can not find one?
Look around and listen to the story; you may learn something.
That homeless person down the street may teach you something.
Because he is drinking does not make him a bad person. Maybe that is his way of dealing with every day.
A lot of us come home and have a beer after a long day, and some have a few. Are they bad? No! They have a roof over their heads; so, it's different. It's OK then.
Well, guess what? I have listened to the stories; I have heard what they have to say; and I wish every day that I could afford to feed every single one of them.
One gentleman I spoke to served our country 25 years, defended us and retired. His wife left and took all their savings after the house was foreclosed on. Never asking for a handout, he did what he could.
Due to the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffers from, he could not adapt. He has tried to live off the street, but feels sorry for everyone else and helps them out and lives in a tent in the woods.
He would take whatever he had to help someone else.
He has moments when he thinks he is still in a war.
Instead of putting him down, why not help him?
Why does our government have to turn its back on them and forget them? Where is the help to offer; why judge them?
Point them in a direction for help. Some may not know how to get it, because they lost everything in a blink of an eye.
Yes, if it was me, I would do whatever I could to keep my family together. I would live in a box if it meant I could hug my kids every night.
Trains, trains, trains
Can you provide your readers with information regarding All Aboard Florida?
Certainly for Brevard County, there is more burden than advantages.
Some include the new passenger train stopping our car traffic every hour from dust to dawn.
This does not include traffic from freight trains from 15-20 per day. We all know how long these trains take to pass.
Then the private railroad wants our communities and counties to pay for the repair and upgrades.
It's privately owned. They should pay that burden. The private railroad will profit from this, not us.
Where is the benefit for Brevard? None.
Don't believe we will get a station in Brevard. You know how promises go - no benefit for Brevard, just burden financial, noise and traffic.
You need to keep your readers informed.
Assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns in the 1950s
The 1911 semi-automatic pistol could be found in abundance in the homes of Americans during the 1950s and is still popular today. It was the standard military sidearm used during World War II and the Korean War.
Semi-automatic rifles, also known as "assault rifles" to the socialist oppressors, were also available for purchase during the 1950s. However, sales of such items were far lower in the 1950s because people were far less fearful about America's future.
Today's societal attitudes generally lack what was commonplace in the 1950s. Attributes such as courtesy, politeness, manners, respect, moral decency, religious and family values, friendliness and community support are largely absent from our terrific high-tech society.
The tools are getting much better, but the people who use them have lost the words "please and thank you" from their miniscule "f-word" vocabularies.
People are more important than gadgets.
I rate our 1950s citizens substantially higher than the crude self-serving members of this high-tech, food stamp generation.
And yes, Elvis, Chuck Berry and countless others were far superior to the contemporary "freaks" of today, such as Miley Cyrus and the entire hip- hop crowd.
Progressive? Not even close.
Why I like road safety cameras
Some people seem to hate road safety cameras, including stop sign cameras, red light cameras and speed limit cameras.
I understand that these people may have valid points, but I choose to respectfully disagree.
They may not be perfect yet, but they are a step closer to a world in which we might be able to venture out on a public street or sidewalk and have a high probability of living to tell about it.
Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 2003 to August 2010: 4,423 (Source: http://www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf)
9/11 attacks, September 2001: 2,977 (Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/911-death-statistics/, 2,996 total deaths minus 19 hijackers)
Firearm-related homicides, 2010: 11,078 (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm)
Korean War, June 1950 to July 1953: 36,574 (Source: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/pages/report_korea_sum.xhtml)
Vehicle Collisions, 2007: 41,259 (Source: http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx, Total traffic crash fatalities, 2007)
We don't need wars to kill us off. We are doing the job more effectively ourselves, with assistance from careless drivers.
The purpose of road safety cameras is to provide incentives for drivers to use caution. When one consistently breaks the rules, he or she is held accountable for his or her actions. This accountability can be in the form of civil punishments including fines, which can go toward fixing the damage that unsafe drivers cause.
Under the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Program (Source: http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2013/316.0083), as authorized by Florida Statutes Chapter 316.0083(3), portions of these funds are deposited into the Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund and the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund and are used for brain and spinal cord research. This way, even if receiving a traffic citation doesn't bother drivers enough to modify their behavior, they can at least provide some financial support.
Why cameras? Cameras can work for extended periods of time. Enforcement alternatives usually involve having taxpayer-funded law enforcement officers drive out to a location and hope that they notice a violation before they receive a call for service.
Camera enforcement frees up these officers to spend their time responding to calls and trying to prevent crime. Road safety cameras can capture photography of a vehicle committing a violation, as well as identifying information from the vehicle's license plate and driver's face. As long as the devices are properly calibrated and the evidence is legitimately verified, there can be a high degree of confidence in the validity of the result.
If a driver is in enough of a hurry to run red lights, they probably do not want to have to pull over for a traffic stop. It reduces the risk of additional traffic congestion around the stopped vehicle or traffic collisions.
Since there is no contact with a law enforcement officer, there is little risk of being subjected to a search or seizure without probable cause, other than that which is necessary for the camera to record the incident in the public thoroughfare.
A properly working road safety camera will ensure that all persons are treated equally, since it will not be subject to bias- or prejudice-based profiling.
Used properly, road safety cameras can go a long way to altering people's behavior for the better.
People complain that they fear they might have to pay a fine if such cameras are erected.
If everyone cooperates to ensure that these cameras are accurate and well maintained, and that there is documentation proving the validity of the camera's results, that should only be a worry for those who intend to continue to break the law.
And if people are going to continue to break the rules of the road, we are all going to be the ones to pay for it.
Is your own refusal to take accountability for your actions sufficient to warrant rejection of an entire system, whose goal is a safer tomorrow?
Parents/guardians, make sure your kids are getting a good education
I know so many other adults out there who have had so many opportunities in their life for enhancement, but they did not become their own bosses.
They worked for others, and when you work for others, there is a tendency nowadays, that job security is not there; and then you end up living in a dump like the one that is just east of Wickham Road, just north of Sarno Road.
This place has so many potholes, that the road will destroy the chassis of the car.
They do not care if you have to work nights. They will wake you up early in the morning with their contracted lawn people at 7:50 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
You cannot even enjoy your balcony, because of the unemployed, chain-smoking phantasm that you have living downstairs.
So, what I am saying to everyone reading this is, please make sure your children and/or grandchildren are getting the best education that they possibly can, so they can own their own business and don't end up living in this abysmal swamp.
The name calling
Stop the name-calling for people, who are jealous of people, who are getting recognition.
I am talking about politicians and people on the TV and the media. You need to stop the name-calling because every time they do that, people need to start waking up.
When they do that and start calling people names, they start acting like little teenagers, and they say anything; they are talking about themselves.
We are a bunch of idiots. We poison ants, cockroaches, weeds, grass, pour poison down the drain, drive poison cars land boats and poison everything everywhere.
Is this God's plan?
Who audits the spending of our politicians?
I can't seem to find anybody who knows who does the auditing of the spending of our politicians, such as our governor, who has been traveling the world in the face of bringing business to Florida on his not-to-bad of a salary, plus perks.
There is no other business that exists that does not have audits, by themselves or outside; so why is it that our politicians don't have auditing in their spending?
Who is doing the checks and balances?
Does someone have an answer for me?