- Published on Monday, 21 January 2013 14:02
- Written by John P. Manley, III
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Ms. Carrero’s letter to the editor published in the Jan. 3, 2013 edition entitled “Keep road open for safety” is a persuasive argument for reopening the road between the High Springs Police Department and City Hall. I think we can all agree that there should be unhindered access throughout the city for our EMT’s, Police and Fire departments.
Ms. Carrero’s letter was so forceful that I had to investigate the situation myself. While in town this afternoon, I checked out the area and made the following observations. While crediting her with her points of concern, I would like to respectfully make an alternative suggestion.
The general populace may not be aware, nor does Ms. Carrero’s letter point out, that there is a second road that runs from the police department around the other circumference of the park that also has its end point at the City Hall parking lot, which I will refer to as the “un-blocked” road.
If the park were seen from above, it might look like a circle. The road which is Ms Carrero’s subject would run from the eleven o’clock position to the seven, whereas the “un-blocked” road runs from the one o’clock position to the five. Both end at the parking lot of City Hall; and, conversely, both end up at the road fronting the Police Department.
The “un-blockaded” road has much to recommend it. First, it has a wider right-of-way. Ms. Carrero’s nominated road is a shorter route, but has the negative of being a narrower right-of-way, placing it closer to trees and the sinkhole. While paved, it has more of the appearance of a paved path for walking. The road I propose, while not paved, offers more clearance from the sinkhole and trees.
My feeling is that in the event of an emergency, a wider piece of equipment could negotiate it in a safer manner without fear of leaving the right-of-way than that the other road. Secondly, the road I propose seems to be able to hold heavier vehicles. There is a dumpster off the right-of-way, which indicates that a waste truck equal to the weight and size of a fire truck can successfully negotiate the road. Third, due to the angle of approach off the Police frontage road and into the City parking lot, the road I propose should allow an emergency vehicle to travel that segment at a higher rate of speed.
Finally, since the road Ms. Carrero mentions does have benches around it, has been landscaped as a park, and is known to be a pedestrian right-of-way, a driver in haste may have to exercise more care to avoid hitting a possible pedestrian. On the other hand, the road I nominate is not seen as a pedestrian right-of-way and there shouldn’t be the same level of expectation of a pedestrian being on it as the other road.
Therefore, from a safety and efficiency standpoint, my recommendation is to build up the road on the far side of the park as a better emergency and general vehicle access route.
I hope that Ms. Carrero, once taking my points into consideration after her observation of the location, would rally 100 percent behind my alternative suggestion.
John P. Manley, III
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- Published on Monday, 21 January 2013 14:00
- Written by Leda Carrero
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During a recent commission meeting the decision was made to once again close the road behind City Hall. Prior to the meeting I had sent a letter to each commissioner stating reasons why it should not be closed.
The following reasons are some of the reasons I stated. My foremost reason is safety. Everyone knows that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The Police Department is directly across from City Hall and that is the road they closed. My concerns were clearly stated in the letter.
None of us know when an extremely dangerous incident will occur. I wrote this letter before the Newtown slaughter of 26 beautiful people. If something happens at City Hall the fastest access the police have is closed. I suppose they could run across the street, but that does not afford them any protection. Sadly and horrifically they could be picked off one by one. The probability of something like that happening here is about the same as Newtown. There is no way to determine when or where.
I personally would feel much safer if they had ready access to City Hall or any other area that could be easily accessed using that road. Keeping the road closed could be disastrous and are any of us willing to take that chance? I believe it to be a foolish, careless, reckless and an irresponsible thing to do. Do we first have to have a terrible incident before we say the road should not have been closed? I hope not, I pray not.
Yes, the park is used during events but I have yet to see anyone sitting at the benches when there is no event and I am in town very often. As in the past, the road can be closed for events.
A handful of citizens have stated that the road is unsafe while at the same time comments have been made about children playing in the sink hole. Once again I have never seen this. I will say, however, that if this is a fact then that is a greater hazard then the road. That is the city run off and that could be contaminated and extremely hazardous to play around. The only way we would know if the road is hazardous or dangerous to drive on is to have a professional (not citizens without the necessary expertise who are just stating their opinion and personal preference) determine that.
There was also the comment that someone might roll off the road. Has this ever happened in all the years the road has been used, I doubt it. These citizens also expressed concerns that cars on the road are dangerous for pedestrians. What pedestrians? In an effort to support their position they are making some farfetched claims based on personal desires and not on sound facts.
At one point I had agreed that if the park was abuzz with people then the road should be closed. However, that is not the case, and now since the shooting in Newtown I am totally against the road being closed. Where do we place our priorities? Is it more important to have a park that is very rarely used or is it the safety of our community and our police officers? It doesn’t make sense to close any road leading from the Police Station and limiting their access.
Am I exaggerating – perhaps. I would like to believe it could never happen here, but who knows. The citizens of Newtown stated that they never expected anything like that to happen there. I hope with all my heart that nothing ever happens but who knows…who knows. We must be prepared for such an incident so as not to live with regret later.
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- Published on Friday, 04 January 2013 21:45
- Written by Tim Marden
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Regarding the FluMist program extension. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. When Cynthia "Choices" Chestnut pushed through this Spring initiative for her employer Shands, my understanding is the taxes were going toward insurance for the working poor not all school children.
Now the unspent millions sucked from the economy sitting idle for years need to be spent before anyone finds out the latest Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) ponzi scheme.
My take away is this program was never needed by virtue of poor enrollment and now the BOCC is using the money other than what the voters voted on. Nothing but another shell game by our BOCC.
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- Published on Monday, 21 January 2013 13:56
- Written by Doug Osborne
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A frequent bugaboo of the "fiscal cliff" debacle was the "milk cliff" - the threat of milk price doubling, if Congress failed to extend dairy subsidies.
Parents were forgoing other necessities, because their children "had to have milk."
Most industries would gladly give up their tax loopholes for that kind of product loyalty. But this one is totally undeserved.
Consumption of dairy products, laden with saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones, and drugs elevates the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This is particularly critical during childhood years, when dietary flaws become lifelong addictions.
A study of 12,829 children by Harvard Medical School found that drinking cow's milk leads to weight gain.
Several proteins in cow's milk can thicken mucus secretions leading to respiratory problems in children.
Most African-Americans and Asian-Americans suffer from cramping and diarrhea because they lack the enzyme to digest lactose in cow's milk.
The good news is that green leafy vegetables and legumes supply all the calcium and proteins touted in cow's milk, without the excess calories and other yucky factors noted. Every supermarket offers a huge line of dairy-free milks, cheeses, and ice creams made from healthy nuts and grains.
This is why USDA's current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, shunt dairy (and meat) off the recommended plate of vegetables, fruits, and grains.
Cow's milk is produced for bovine - not human babies. Let's give our kids a healthy start.
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- Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 02:35
- Written by Tim Linkous
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I was at a commission meeting in High Springs when a presentation was made on the State’s Septic Tank Evaluation Plan. The facts were given and the commission voted to support opting out of the evaluation. I find this disturbing. I was quite involved in city planning of the system, and to the best of my memory, the core issue was lessening the introduction of nitrates into the aquifer. Anybody can understand the importance of this issue.
The biggest issue in any municipality that uses septic tanks is the state of the septic tank itself. Older tanks are of block construction. Newer tanks are cast concrete, no seams. My tank, which is an older one, collapsed because over time the mortar quit holding the blocks together. There are some tanks that are built and no mortar is used. The results of no mortar or cracking mortar is leakage, hence the need for inspections.
I'm 59 years old and remember what it was like before we understood our impact on our natural resources. We used to change the oil in our lawnmowers and even our cars and just let it run into the ground. The justification was that's where it came from. An even more ridiculous stand is “That's the way we've always done it.” My ignorance and the ignorance of my elders have to stop.
After the presentation a couple old timers got up and made their case to vote the evaluations down. I got up to give my views, got a little impassioned and was told I was out of line and asked to be seated. One of the members gave his views on septic tanks. This is the sum total of his comment: They either work or they don't.
The younger generation has a response to that. They will look at the person giving this opinion with surprise on their face and say, “Really?” This, of course, aggravates the old timer and the young miscreant is told to sit down and shut up.
The City of High Springs voted to install a septic system to lessen the introduction of nitrates into the aquifer. The City Commission of High Springs voted to not pass the evaluation plan. Really? I really like that last word “really.” It's a lot easier to say than “You can't possibly be that stupid.”
Shame on the shortsighted people in the 18 counties that voted down the Septic Tank Evaluation Plan. This kind of thinking is going to kill the natural resources we "claim" to love.
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