Speak up about project
The Florida Department of Transportation received a proposal from a private company to build elevated express lanes in Pasco County on State Road 54/56 from U.S. 19 to U.S. 301. At this time, the private company has been approved to study only the feasibility of the project. This includes determining the impacts to surrounding communities.
In the second part of this process, the public is encouraged to voice their opinions about the project at one or more of three public meetings along the corridor. At each of these meetings residents will have the opportunity to get a better idea of what the proposed project could look like. The meetings will take place this summer.
Based on public input, alternatives will be considered. The current concept could be revised to incorporate more of a ground-level facility, sections of the project could be omitted, or the choice could be made to not build the proposed project.
FDOT will not move forward with any proposal without public support and a resolution by the Pasco County Commission endorsing a specific project proposal. In short, your voice matters.
The writer is FDOT District 7 secretary.
Health care access
I am writing in response to Allen Finkelstein’s letter “Bill could set dangerous precedent in medicine” (Letter of the Day, Feb. 24). Finkelstein overlooks the facts in his emotional and accusatory letter.
Nurse practitioners are well educated and provide cost-effective care with high rates of patient satisfaction. NPs practice “independently” in many other states, and Florida is the only state that does not permit NPs to prescribe controlled substances to their patients who need them.
The changes proposed to Florida law are not unprecedented, but rather have been the norm in many other states for many years, with no increased concerns regarding safety. NPs in Florida are required to have at least a master’s degree in nursing and must also hold a national certification in their specialty area.
Even an “independent” nurse practitioner is knowledgeable regarding the limits of his or her scope of practice and has a duty to patients to consult with, collaborate with and refer to physicians when necessary. Since NPs practice advanced nursing, it is completely appropriate for them to be regulated by the Florida Board of Nursing.
Hats off to Cary Pigman, a state representative and physician, for having his eyes open to the reality of health care and for supporting increased access to care for Florida’s citizens.
Anna G. Small, Esq.
The writer is a certified nurse midwife.
Regarding “Big blow for bitcoin” (Business, Feb. 26): Thanks for explaining in detail the concept of bitcoins and the problems the users and investors are having. However, after reading yours and other explanations of what the currency is and how it works, I still have no idea what the hell it is.
But thanks for trying to help.
A proper upbringing
In answer to the letter by Tamika McDonald (“Blatant disregard for young black men’s lives,” Letter of the Day, Feb. 25), I would like to point out that the preponderance of young black men who are killed are killed by other black men. Crime is a daily event in their neighborhoods, but it seems that only when someone other than a black kills a black it becomes an event worthy of publicizing.
Trayvon Martin could have gone straight home instead of doubling back and then knocking George Zimmerman down on his back and banging his head against a concrete walkway.
Under these circumstances, who wouldn’t think someone was trying to kill them?
As a black man growing up in a black neighborhood, my mother did not allow me to leave our front porch steps. She rightfully feared that I would become involved with the dangerous elements in our neighborhood. My father worked in an auto shop as a stock clerk and laborer and would discipline me if I had done anything wrong. My mother was a school teacher and taught me the value of education. Together they supported our family of six. From this background, their children were able to graduate from college and achieve their own successes, and I am one of the beneficiaries of their upbringing.
As far as Martin is concerned, I would suggest to the writer to “get over it” and be thankful for what she has and move on. Her son needs to study and work hard in order to become a worthwhile and productive member of society. But this won’t happen if she believes it’s OK for him to meet with youths who “play loud music, laugh loudly, and do the crazy things that teenage boys of all colors do.” It is not anyone’s right to encroach on the rights of other people while in public places with their noise and rowdiness. If this continues, more people will be killed in theaters and other public places by people who see this behavior as threatening.