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Letters to the editor June 21

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 Speed limit too fast

To the editor:

 I am a resident of New Smyrna Beach visiting my sister and I feel the speed limit on State Road 121 of 60 mph is  too high.

 There are people who pull out at a much slower speed and also people who need to turn off to get to their residents. The speed limit on  State Road 121 is like having a car go through a residental zone with kids at  60 mph.

Nancy Rider

 

Reluctant to progress?

To the editor:

   I enjoyed reading the responses to your “culture” editorial and the  enthusiasm in the respondent’s comments.

 I, too, was excited by the  “seed” you planted and lay awake one night pondering the situation. A  firm believer in going with what you have and doing what you can I conjured  up a couple of dozen “enhancements” to the Peanut Festival with no problem. 

On sharing my thoughts with someone close however it was brought to  my attention that she didn’t want Williston to become another Gainesville  or Ocala. That’s why she chose to live in this rural area.

 Do we really need more traffic to add to the 80,000 pound diesel rigs that roar through  town? Or multitudes of RubberNeckers confounding the traffic and risking  their lives trying to cross the street to see yet another gift/antique shop  or art/craft gallery? 

Everything you really need is only a 30-minute drive  away. 

Methinks the planners who are “watering” and “fertilizing” your  “seed” will need to “weed” out these attitudes/concerns to overcome  the reluctance to “progress” that is to be found here in order to reap the harvest you have given us to dream about.

 Personally my wife and I have drooled over a couple of buildings in town with dreams of what we could do with them and what a difference it would make in the look and feel of the community. 

The improvements to the Lane’s  Yardware building really helped a lot. The side of that building screams for  a mural.

Ron Clark

Morriston

 

Snowbird voters

To the editor:

    With all the controversy about the remote possibility that a non-citizen might cast a vote, it made me question another situation that exists, especially in South Florida where I used to live.  

How can we be sure that “snowbirds”, who own homes in two states, don’t vote in both states?  When a person registers in Florida, the local election supervisors are supposed to contact the former state to remove that voter from their rolls.   

Our voter registration form does have a line for “address where you were last registered to vote” but does not require the former voter ID number.  And what if voters inadvertently, or purposefully, gave an address where they were not registered?   There are many omissions or errors that could happen with this system.

On the Diane Rehm PBS radio show last week, it was pointed out that in the current comparison of the Florida driver’s license list with the voter registration list, even a small difference in the name or address will “kick out” that voter and cause them to prove they are citizens.

I have another “snowbird” concern.  They have two tax reasons for claiming to be Florida residents.  One is to avoid their home state income tax and the other is to take advantage of Florida’s overly liberal homestead exemption law.  They are supposed to live in Florida more than six months each year to qualify for the homestead exemption, but how many of them don’t?   Not only could they be cheating their home state out of income tax but they could also be cheating the full time residents of their county out of property taxes.

Because the majority of South Florida snowbirds are probably Republicans, I doubt that our Republican governor or legislature will do anything to verify compliance with, or change the voter registration and homestead exemption laws, as they apply to part time Florida residents.

Mignon Craig

Williston