Bicycles without warning
Bicycles ride on sidewalks in the area I live.
We walk every day. Bicycles should give us walkers a warning that they are getting ready to pass, like a horn, bell or a shout, while passing on the left or right.
Bikes have passed us, doing at least 10 miles per hour, without any warning.
If, by chance, we should step to the left or right, we would be hurt.
These bikers are adults, not children, and should know.
Thanks for your time.
Arcades reader response
I am writing, concerning the comment that was sent in about the arcades around Melbourne and Palm Bay.
I have to agree with that person, that are they (are not) hurting anyone.
If you don't like them, then don't go to them.
I worked at one of them when they first opened here in Melbourne. I met a lot of new people and made all kinds of new friends, which I still have today.
I am disabled now, and I enjoy going there and meeting my friends, catching up with all the news and killing a couple of hours.
Florida Gov.) Rick Scott is wrong, closing all these places, when he, himself, is taking contributions for his campaign. If that isn't the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is.
Come on, people of Brevard County, let's vote in gambling, so the people can go and have some fun.
Leave the arcades alone, let us - not just seniors - enjoy part of our day with friends. I see all ages in these arcades because there isn't enough entertainment in our town for the young and older people to do.
If I didn't have the arcades to go to, I'd sit in my house all day and look out the window - oh, what fun that is. Leave the arcades alone.
Hemp is not medical marijuana
On Tuesday, March 11, the Florida Senate is hearing a bill that attempts to define "medical-grade marijuana" as any cannabis substance containing less than .5 percent THC and more than 15 percent CBD, outlawing any other part of the plant and outlawing smoking as a delivery model.
Can you believe it? Lawmakers believe passing this will be enough to keep Floridians from going to the polls Nov. 4 and passing Amendment 2.
Help Florida CAN fight this bill. Lawmakers need to understand all cannabis has medical value, and everyone should have the choice to use cannabis, without fear, provided they use it responsibly.
Lawmakers are asking all the right questions and, thanks to our supporters, Florida CAN is here in Tallahassee, working three bills through the House and Senate. If all passed, Florida will have the best cannabis regulations in the country.
Together, we can make a huge impact on the future of cannabis polices in Florida.
We are going to need your help again to push the Florida Senate in the right direction.
Talk to your friends; make sure you share our action alert when it comes and keep educating your neighbors about cannabis.
Don't limit Rants and Raves to local issues
I do not concur. If you limit Rants and Raves to the city, why not just your little subdivision?
I believe limitations leads to a " small-mind syndrome."
Are we only concerned about out little city? How about the county, the state, the nation and the world? Each of these localities has an influence on our lives, i.e. education of our children, taxes, safety, security and economy.
Anyone should have the right to say what is on their mind, whether you agree with them of not.
For example: take the driver, who is in the left lane, driving below the speed limit and is on a cell phone. This inconsiderate person should be in the very right lane.
Now, is this problem driver just in Melbourne, or is he/she throughout the nation?
By reading Rants and Raves, numerous subjects that I was not aware of were brought to my attention.
This world has become much smaller, due to the influence of technology. We must be kept aware of what is going on, and Rants and Raves is a great avenue for dissemination.
Are you in need of a civics lesson?
It appears that many contributors to Rants & Raves are in need of a refresher in civics. This is OK, as it may have been many years since they were in high school.
Every week, there is always some complaint about the president or the IRS. All these writers have forgotten from their civics lessons that the president and the IRS do not write laws, they are only authorized by the Constitution to enforce the laws passed by Congress.
Our senators - Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson - and Congressman Bill Posey, along with 532 other lawmakers - write all the laws, authorize the collection of taxes and also spend the taxes.
If you have a complaint about the federal budget or "Obamacare," don't harp about the president or the IRS, write or call our Senators and Congressman and tell them how poorly they are running the country. Don't give them a free pass.
Is beating your head against the wall 43 times, voting against "Obamacare" any way to run a country? Try cooperating with the other 534 Congressmen and Senators and get something accomplished for a change.
Commercials are ridiculous
My biggest complaint, or rant, is the commercials we have been seeing on television.
Last night, I turned the TV on a show about 9 p.m. on ABC.
Would you believe that in a one-hour show, there were 48 commercials?
I wouldn't mind it so much, but we are paying Bright House enough money.
Why should we have to put up with it? It's not right. And half of the commercials are so ridiculous and silly.
If you went up in a plane, and there is a pig sitting next to you ... Geico takes over everything, not only the little salamander, but the pig.
Then there is Progressive Insurance, the cars and how about all the medicine?
"Talk to your doctor about prescribing this medicine or that medicine," it says.
Listen, the doctor is supposed to tell me what medicine I should take, not that I'm going to ask him for that medicine that's advertised on TV.
It is just unbelievable, and I'm sorry I have to complain about something like this; but the only way I could do it is to get in touch with Hometown News.
And I love that Rants and Raves section.