RANTS & RAVES; Habitual Offenders Need to Stay in Jail

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RANTS & RAVES; Habitual Offenders Need to Stay in Jail


Try to rehabilitate a habitual criminal and he or she runs back to their criminal activities again 80 to 90 percent of the time. A poor, unsuspecting mother of two driving home from work pays the ultimate price with her life because a habitual criminal is let out of prison to commit the same crime again. This is just one incident and I'm sure we can come up with many more. What can we do to protect ourselves and our families from these habitual criminals?

BEADS ARE A HAIRY PROBLEM

I teach. So many of my sweet little African-American girls come to school with those hideous beads in their hair. The hard plastic ones are noisy and distracting to those around them. I cannot imagine how they are able to learn with the noise. ... There are some softer foam ones and they make no noise. It's a simple thing, but when you put it into a child's early education, [it is] big. A parent should think of this. Their [children's] learning starts in kindergarten. We should make it easier, not harder.

MY FOUR-WHEELED BAILOUT

My wife and I both work and the combined taxes we paid in 2008 were enough to buy a new, mid-size sedan. However, Congress gave that money and much, much more to the "Big Three" in the bailout. Now I want my new car. I prefer a four-door, maroon sedan with all the bells and whistles.

YOU CAN TURN LEFT? RIGHT

You may turn left on a red light from a one-way street onto another one-way street. Florida Statutes 316.075, traffic control signal devices (1)(c)1b states: "The driver of a vehicle on a one-way street that intersects another one-way street on which traffic moves to the left shall stop in obedience to a steady red signal, but may then make a left turn into the one-way street, but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection ..." Stop holding up traffic (particularly at the corner of Adams and Main streets) waiting for the light to turn green when there is not a single oncoming car in sight. Turn already!

TREAT OBAMA LIKE BUSH

Now that the shoe is on the other political foot, be prepared to be treated with the same respect (or lack thereof) that was afforded to Bush during the past eight years. …

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