Letters to the editor, June 15

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Published:   |   Updated: June 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Robbery defined

Regarding the traffic signals with cameras that issue red-light citations in New Port Richey, this just go to show how dishonest our government has become.

They game the yellow lights to a few seconds, in violation of the Florida Department of Transportation guidelines that state that the yellow light should be 4.3 seconds in a 45 mile zone and 4.7 seconds in a 50 mile zone in order to make them the most money. Then the local and state governments split their ill-gotten gains and claim that it is not their fault that the traffic light timing is illegal.

To make matters worse, New Port Richey officials have discussed a despicable plan to take advantage of a new state law that would allow them to add a $250 fee to anyone contesting the $158 ticket issued by a rigged red-light camera. This tramples our constitutional rights to petition for redress of grievances.

The sad part about this story is that none of the people involved have a shred of conscience and have even suggested that if the yellow light were longer people would "try to dash through the intersection." This governmental abuse of power is the very definition of "highway robbery."

Kristen Lawver

They were right

Given the present scandals and abuse of power within the Obama administration and the various government lettered agencies - IRS, EPA, NSA - it is painfully evident the Old, Dead, White Guys had it right.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety," as Benjamin Franklin wrote.

Or, as Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, "Trust but verify."

Michael N. Mattia
Tarpon Springs

America asleep

Wake up, America. I've been saying for years that if you take God out of a country destruction will follow. It is hard to find something to buy in this country that is not cheap and "Made in China."

What happen to the days we were independent?

Frances DiPietro

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