Put security cameras everywhere
I want to comment on security cameras. The public accepts them in stores and parking lots. But they should be used in more private places where there are violations. They should be in doctor's offices, facilities for the elderly, classrooms, and humane societies. It would decrease the amount of abuse people face.
Turn the music down
Last week my wife and I went over to our bank. It's located in a strip mall near a Publix grocery store. It's very difficult to find a place to park.
We had taken care of our banking business and walked back toward our car, when along comes a car with its windows down and music blasting.
The driver was sitting very low to the ground, as was his car. His wife was with him in the front passenger seat. In the back seat next to the speakers, in a child's seat, was a small child.
Now I understand loud music. I appreciate music. Sometimes I play loud music while I drive in my car, but my windows are up. I am considerate of my fellow drivers who may not want to hear what I like. Some music that you may appreciate I may not, especially when it's heard from a moving car, in a parking lot, or along the road.
So to the father who was driving that low rider through the parking lot last week blasting his music, turn it down, a lot. We don't think you're cool. We don't want to hear your music. We don't even want to know you are there.
So, to repeat myself, turn down the volume. Not for me, necessarily, but for your kid who will, if he continues to ride with you, will be deaf by the time he's 5.
To the mom riding with the dad who is not getting it, you need to take charge and not ride with him unless he keeps it down, for the kid's sake.
Where is code enforcement?
At great personal risk, I called code enforcement, to report my neighbor's yard. I got the usual recording. I don't think anyone listens to the messages.
Take care of home first
The U.S. Government needs to stop letting other countries borrow money and start worrying about the U.S. We have people walking the streets hungry and homeless. There's not enough work for everyone. People are sick. Social Security is a joke. There are too many taxes. Stop worrying about other countries and how they are run. We need to pull our troops out of these countries. The U.S. is making its presence known too much. Let them work it out and leave us out of it.
Find ways to reduce gas costs
There are lots of ways to cut down on gas costs. If you work and drive, leave at least 15 minutes early. Make lists so you can make just one trip. Open the windows. Take shortcuts. Don't go out during the busiest times. Check your tires. Don't keep heavy things in the trunk. Try and conserve!
A rave for the food stamp program
I have something to say about the Department of Children and Families. I have had enough interaction with the agency to know they can be as frustrating as they can be helpful. I recently applied for assistance with food and health benefits for my children from the state.
Although I work full-time and have a college degree, it's nearly impossible to make ends meet for me and my children. The process of applying for assistance is a humbling one, yet the department was helpful, timely, and never made me feel as if I was a second-class citizen because I was reaching out for help.
Within a month, my children were approved for food stamps and Medicaid. I applaud them for their professionalism.
Although they have their downfalls, they have really helped my family in our time of need.
Police should share vehicles
With all the budget cuts, you'd think the city and county law enforcement officials would start making the officers share police cars.
Why should the cars just sit outside the homes of off-duty officers, when instead officers that are on duty could use them? Wouldn't this save on gas and extra expenses? Instead, the departments would rather cut back on crossing guards and resource officers, making the schools a more dangerous environment. It just doesn't make any sense.
Youth need activities
We need more activities for the youth of the city. There is nothing for them to do, so that's why they are out there getting in trouble. The cops need help keeping them in line. The kids need more things to do to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
System needs changes
We are losing more of our youth to the system. They are getting in gangs and in trouble and the system doesn't know what to do with them. The system needs to be revamped. Who can take care of that?
Computers aren't for everyone
Why does everything revolve around computers? Believe it or not, there are still some of us that don't want one. Why do we get discriminated against? There should also be a mailing address, not just an e-mail address.
Stand up for kids
Families and children need more help. Children need protection while going to school. Families need help getting school supplies and things like that. Why won't people stand up and make a difference?
Rich people work hard
I am so sick and tired of listening to "poor" people rant and rave about how the "rich" people should be taxed. And about how unfair it is that rich people are allowed to keep "all that money." Am I rich? Yes, I am, and I am proud to profess that fact to anyone. How did I get rich? Well, I worked 60-80 hours per week. I have saved money and I certainly do not waste it. My sister is a teacher with a Ph.D. A girl approached her with a baby on her hip and said that she was a fool for working. She said that she was on welfare, and that her mother and grandmother were also on welfare. Is this any way for our country to exist? I work hard, save money, build a good life, all to have someone who will not work say that I should pay the bills or them. "Give a man a fish, you feed for a day, teach a man to fish, and feed for a lifetime." It is time for the "poor" people to realize that there is one word in the English language that they should know: work.
Give citizens a break
During the holidays, big companies like electric, gas and cable should afford residents a bit of leeway with payments. In these hard times, we are struggling to keep food on the table and the lights on in the house. Trying to provide presents for children is nearly impossible. They should defer payments until the New Year, therefore giving struggling citizens the ability to have a Merry Christmas.