Now our local lawmakers want to outlaw the "sign flashers," because it causes a distraction to drivers causing a potential hazard?
What's with that?
I personally hate to see the sign flashers, but they are contributing to our economy by being paid, thus paying taxes and earning a living when people are at their most desperate time in their lives.
They are not in the unemployment line, stealing or robbing other people to feed their families.
Listen to the news. The hazards that cause distractions are cell phone users, people texting, road side memorials with plastic flowers, crosses and who knows what.
These roadside graves are there for ages. The people who passed in each particular memorial are buried elsewhere and their spirit (believed to be) is gone. But the over-decorated memorials are sometimes over the top.
And then there are all the political signs: Vote for Susie; Vote for John, etc. etc., tons of them. They are there to "read" while behind the wheel. Isn't that a distraction?
And the yard sale signs. Some are never removed. I'm not against them because they are usually removed and only on weekends.
And (how about) the "student car wash" signs to earn money to do something or other? These kids jump out in front of cars pushing a sign out into traffic. They are very scantily dressed purposely to "get a drivers attention." Hello?
Do the lawmakers plan on stopping that as well?
These kids are doing anything they can to earn cash for their school projects. These "dangerous distractions" listed are the tip of the iceberg. Grand openings with balloons and large colorful signs - all directed to drivers.
The paid "sign flashers" are contributing to our economy, buying products and keeping the ball rolling until America figures it out, and we can get back on line with the economy. We will pull out of it!
Let the flashers earn a living if a company wants to pay. Lawmakers need to find something else to vote on.
They should find something that is worth paying themselves for to vote on in city and county meetings. Let them decide on coffee, decaf or hot tea and what choice of assorted donuts? No good? Outlaw it!
Darlene Powell, Melbourne
When I sat in my fifth-grade science class in 1943, I listened to my science teacher tell us about the earth's relation to the sun.
Dr. Sanderson told us the sun warmed the earth, and the earth was protected from the heat from the sun by an atmosphere.
If the earth did not rotate, the side facing the sun would burn up and the dark side would be too cold to support life.
The reason we have winters and summers is the earth not only rotates on its axis, it nutates (wobbles), and the poles receive less sunlight resulting in polar ice caps.
The atmosphere is comprised of gases: oxygen supports human life, carbon dioxide plant life. Dust and carbon particles protect us from the sun's rays and all are required to support life.
Don't know what is taught in school science classes today, but there must have been some changes because the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to provide clean air by removing carbon dioxide and carbon particles from the air.
This year, we are experiencing the result of reducing carbon by the EPA imposing regulations on industry reducing carbon and decreased carbon dioxide.
EPA regulations prohibit undergrowth clearing removing diseased trees and harvesting trees to form fire breaks. This provides fuel for fires.
Has this allowed the sun's rays to heat up the atmosphere?
Has the reduction of carbon dioxide weakened the trees, making them vulnerable to bark beetle infestation?
If so, the EPA must accept some of the blame for the fires that have burned our forests, claimed lives and destroyed homes.
Bob Brewster, Cocoa
President (Barack) Obama promised "nothing will change for people who like their health coverage, except it'll become more 'affordable.'" Unfortunately, facts don't back him up. He continually ignores facts and history in so much of his rhetoric. Obamacare will cost taxpayers over 1 trillion dollars!!! And even non-taxpayers will pay or be fined by IRS.
America's health care system needs reform, but NOT the sort of changes enacted under this health care law. It is moving our health care system in the wrong direction. This highly unpopular tax asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits all health system and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington, not with your own local doctor. It has been described by many economists as a 'poison pill' for every American. Costs escalate every time CBO does estimate of its costs. Not good law.
The Republicans have proposed a plan that empowers individuals and families - not Washington - to control more of their health care decisions. Most people I know believe strongly in personal responsibility, don't you??
Impact on the uninsured is really bad for majority. Florida has a pilot program, which it wants to set up in five large counties in our state for people on Medicare, but the Senate (Harry Reid, inc.) won't allow it to move forward. It passed in House.
Seems they don't think rationally about "what is good for America," but instead rubber stamp whatever comes out of White House, because it's got B.O.'s approval.
Do we have a republic or a dictatorship??? Since when did Obama become a 'healthcare' guru??? He's never even worked in the field. He's never read bill.
Those who gain coverage will be enrolled in Medicaid - the welfare program for the poor - or in a health plan designed by the government. We have that now. Trouble is, present administration is adding millions more to this program, indiscriminately.
Even with Obamacare, millions, who remain uninsured, will still depend on overcrowded emergency rooms for routine care and they will be mandated to pay the tax, whether they use service or not. Have you read how the government is intimidating businesses, which follow Christian principals??? How can we allow this to happen?
Republican solution: give tax relief or direct assistance and provide portability for those who buy their own health care coverage, allowing individual Americans to take their insurance coverage from job to job or from state to state. (Now, we cannot even cross our state line to purchase insurance elsewhere!)
. Obamacare impacts families by providing millions per year for school-based health centers, with no requirement to reduce abortions.
. These federally funded projects deny parents any knowledge about services their children receive.
. Republican solution: rather than bureaucrats and lobbyists prescribing health care benefits and services, respect the role of families on moral decisions involving their health care.
. Obamacare impacts seniors adversely, too. Nearly one-quarter of all seniors rely on Medicare Advantage, the private health care option in Medicare. However, Obamacare makes such deep cuts to that program that half of those seniors covered will no longer be able to keep the coverage they have.
. New taxes on drug companies (to the tune of $27 billion!) and medical device makers ($20 billion a year!), as well as new reporting requirements and regulations imposed on physicians will make access to health care and services more costly and difficult for seniors under Obamacare.
Editor's note: Part Two of this letter will follow in next week's edition, as space allows.