Watch for pedestrians

What part of yield do you not understand?

Florida State Statutes state that a vehicle approaching a pedestrian legally crossing the street at an intersection must yield or stop to allow the person walking to cross. This applies to bicyclists as well as motor vehicle drivers.

If you fail to yield, drivers face a minimum citation of $164 and three points on their driver’s license. Worse, you can severely injure someone — even taking their life.

Within the last four and a half years, I have been hit physically twice in a crosswalk while obeying the law. I am tired of obeying the law and being the one getting hurt.

You drivers do not realize what a privilege it is to drive. If you don’t have a driver’s license, there are four ways to get around. They are: family and friends, walking, riding a bicycle and taking the bus. You can forget a taxi cab as it will cost you an arm and a leg.

So the next time you are driving, imagine that you are the pedestrian in the crosswalk and a vehicle driver doesn’t have the patience for you to get across the street (30 seconds).

Driving is a privilege, not a right.

Johnny L. Burns, Ocala

 

Begin at the beginning please

Opinion writer David Winston takes the Democratic candidates to task for making pie-in-the-sky promises that would drive the economy into massive, unsustainable debt.

I think it would have been useful if he had started with the fact that Republicans, when President Trump first took office, began with an economy that was on the road to recovery after President Obama rescued it from the worst recession since the Great Depression. This was a result of the Republicans driving the economy into a ditch by allowing big banks to pursue reckless investment strategies. And then they passed a colossal tax cut for corporations and the wealthiest 0.01 percent of Americans, thus pushing the economy into massive debt.

It would also be useful if he had pointed out that the nation's health care costs are mounting at an unsustainable rate. The Affordable Care Act was gaining a foothold until the Trump administration made every effort to starve it of funds and staff. It still could if it gained support from the Republican members of the U.S. Senate.

Finally, about the Green New Deal: Does anyone at this point not acknowledge that climate change and man's role in causing it is real and a genuine threat to human kind? Just the threat from Dorian, one of the most severe hurricanes in modern history, should convince doubters. Some how, some way, someone has to begin to mount an effort to stop it. Any serious proposal to cap carbon emissions would be a great start.

Bob Troy, Ocala

 

Politics is changing

The changing of the guard is taking place in the Democratic Party. Their candidates for the 2020 presidency are made up of several senior members; the rest are made up of grads of government schools.

According to polls, a large percentage of the last two generations prefer socialism over capitalism and are waiting in the wings to take over the reigns of government.

Back in the 1940s and ’50s, when the communists sought to enter the political arena, their tactics involved stirring up the citizens by promoting hate and pitting race against race, class against class, etc.

Eventually, their movement slowly faded away, mainly because people caught on and folks at that time still respected their country.

Currently, those same tactics are being used by socialists. As the campaign moves on, we can expect radical political groups to be set in motion as needed.

Meanwhile, we could use a few people in Congress to honor their pledge to support and defend the Constitution of America.

Charles Smith, Ocala