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Pay-as-you-go express lanes could be headed to Orlando area

Well, thanks to some of your community members in Lakeland, that idea is on the back burner AGAIN for the next several years.  (Jul 22, 2008 | post #17)

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'We're not giving up . . . '

Not for anything, but is that a tattoo on the child's left hand in the picture? If so, who would tattoo their young daughter at that age?  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #15)

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'We're not giving up . . . '

Quoting Dr. McCoy: "He's Dead, Jim."  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #13)

Orlando Sentinel

Father shoots self in leg in Downtown Disney parking lot

Austrailia tried a gun ban in some of it's provinces several years ago and the resulting effect was that crime had INCREASED by some 50%. The crooks knew that people were now unarmed and easy prey. I currently do not own a gun but am considering getting a CC permit and buying one. As it is now, I believe one of the deterrents to many burglars is that they do know know which homes are armed with a weapon and which ones are not.  (Jul 12, 2008 | post #35)

Orlando Sentinel

No wrecks, so why am I in this traffic jam?

In regard to #14, actually Florida statutes allow drivers attempting to make a left turn to proceed to the middle of the intersection and wait until oncoming traffic clears. If the light for the road that they are on should begin to cycle red, they have the right of way to complete their turn safely after it turns red for the road they are on. Just mentioning this because some driver ignorant of the laws flipped me the finger for doing what the law allows me to do. Normally I am not in favor of more government regulations, however I am ALL in favor of passing a law shortening the renewal cycle BACK to four years and requiring physical road tests before you can get your license renewed. None of these silly written tests asking you to identify the shapes of certain road signs.  (Jul 7, 2008 | post #33)

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No wrecks, so why am I in this traffic jam?

1. Stay out of the tourist areas unless you REALLY have to be there. 2. Everyone NOT in the process of passing please keep to the right two lanes. 3. And for crying out loud, if you REALLY MUST carry on a 45 minute conversation over your cell phone while trying to negotiate traffic doing 60-70 mph (bad idea to begin with), PLEASE USE AN EAR PIECE and keep BOTH hands on the wheel!!!!!!!!  (Jul 7, 2008 | post #16)

Orlando Sentinel

Demonizing the oil guys won't save our planet

That's interesting. Evidently you have NOT been paying attention to congressional proceedings lately. It has been the DemonRATS that have been holding up any and every measure that was proposed to drill on our own property and start building new refineries and /or nukes. So, thank your fellow RATS for this my friend.  (Jul 1, 2008 | post #21)

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Housing slump doesn't necessarily mean you'll save money ...

This whole Save Our Homes thing was a BAD idea from the start. This is a PRIME example of what happens when government (with the people's approval) meddles in the free market system. I want to know WHO came up with this whole idea of trying to keep taxes ARTIFICIALLY low. Now there's a deficit that will one day have to be paid.  (Jul 1, 2008 | post #17)

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Florida circa 2100: Global warming's toll

Again, they merely formed a "consnesus " - an expression of how they FEEEEEEL. Nothing based in real scientific fact shows that the earth is on a constant warming trend due to man and nature. NOTHING.  (Jun 23, 2008 | post #42)

Orlando Sentinel

Florida circa 2100: Global warming's toll

THose "Scientists " NEVER came to a difinitive conclusion. They formed a CONSENSUS. BIG difference. Science by it's very nature does not deal in "consensus ", only proven facts. These "scientists " are extremely short dighted and misled to try to foist a hoax on the American public by simply forming a consensus among a few of them. I'll take my chances with the "people sitting on their fat behinds, cramming Cheetos and Lays potato chips into their mouths", thank you very much......  (Jun 23, 2008 | post #38)

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Thousands in Orlando want Shaq to help with mortgages

As one poster pointed out earlier, Shaq is a multi-millionaire (if not a billioniare). It seems that people need to get out of that middle-income mentality and start to think as if you had more money than you knew what to do with - like Shaq. Think for a moment - he probably makes more money off the interest on what he's already earned in his career than he needs to live on - much less the actual principle. He's got money he doesn't know what to do with. It's called "stupid money". So why not invest it in trying to help others out? What else is he going to do with it? And even if this venture starts to go sour down the road - he still will have enough money banked away to live off the interest for the rest of his life. I'm sure he is not investing his entire life's earnings in this venture (as some people would be apt to do) and has done his research.  (Jun 17, 2008 | post #22)

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Motorcyclist killed in crash with red-light runner

Not to get off topic here, but do Black (African-American) parents realize that they are single-handedly undoing decades of civil rights achievements by giving their kids strange names like "Shawndreas Lamar"? All the EEOC laws over the last 40 years that were put into place to try to minimize race-based discrimination on job applications are rendered moot because of these types of names. They have no lineage to any African ancestry or heritage at all. They are just different from anglo-american names like Bob or Sue. And any prospective employer who may have even an inkling of bias or bigotry in their minds would pass over a job application from someone with a name like this knowing full well what their race & ethnicity was without even asking. And the applicant would have no basis for a civil rights lawsuit since the prospective employer would be in full compliance in the application process. Just some food for thought. Otherwise, I say give this perp the full brunt of punishment that the law will allow.  (Jun 14, 2008 | post #66)

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Male mentors deserve thanks, not suspicion

Also, the news media. I would say that for every predator out there, there are 500 real men who would want to mentor/teach a child. Unfortunately all you hear about on the news are the one's who abuse them and it makes their numbers seem so large and the problem seem so far reaching. Awareness is one thing. But let's not throw the baby out with the bath water.  (Jun 7, 2008 | post #10)

Orlando Sentinel

Wekiva Parkway project could be coupled with I-4 -- Trans...

There is something called the Ballot Box. If you don't like what they are doing, vote them out the first chance you get.  (Jun 3, 2008 | post #14)

Orlando Sentinel

Wekiva Parkway project could be coupled with I-4 -- Trans...

And to Reddogg's comment) If you look at the story again it states that the Wekiva Parkway leg of the Beltway will have LIMITED exits. This was a stipulation made in the legislation that gace the counties permission to build it in the first place. The Wekiva River Basin is an environmentally delicate area, so to INHIBIT growth that expressways like these usually bring (at their exits) the plan is for fewer exits - therefore, no warehouses or sprawling development along that leg of the beltway.  (Jun 3, 2008 | post #12)