Water Bill Rant

When I moved here 13 years ago, my average water bill was $25 to $30 dollars a month. It's now $92 to $100 dollars a month. My water costs more than my electric bill! And yes, I have air-conditioning.

I realize my bill includes garbage service and I reflected that in my analysis. But I just found out that Palm Bay is selling our water to West Melbourne and Melbourne. Why hasn't my water bill gone down?

Boy was I stupid buying a house with city water. Most expensive water I have ever had any place I've lived.

If Palm Bay can sell our water to other towns then they should lower the cost of water to local residents. We're being taken to the cleaners by our dear city fathers.

Plastic Ban

I still love a beach day. However, instead of building sandcastles, my beach days today often consist of picking up plastic litter.

Keeping our beaches healthy is important and across the state as these natural treasures generate income for communities.

Plastic waste threatens our tourism industry, economy, and health of our beaches.

Banning single-use plastic in Florida could help reduce the amount of physical plastic waste and carbon dioxide we generate.

But we can only do this if the state preemptions on plastics are removed.

No to $15 minimum wage

My rant is against the $15 hour min wage.

It will raise food prices that will effect senior citizens and homeless people who cannot work enough to pay the raising cost of living.

So many homeless today begging money on street corners.

So many elderly with children that cannot afford to help them.

We're not Nazi's

To the individual comparing the Nazi regime to our government and mask wearers.

The Nazis were taking lives. Our government and it's mask wearers are saving lives.

I've had my Covid shots but I still wear a mask because of the people I come in contact with. They deserve my concern.

To mask, or not to mask

Every single week I see at least one letter in rants & raves from viewers stating that we should not be wearing masks.

Either they have sources that say masks do more harm than good, or they read a scientific fact that masks are useless, or they are rocket scientists and know better than everyone else.

Someone I know has very recently died from COVID. This person had never worn a mask.

If you don’t want to wear a mask that is your business but stop trying to convince others that you are right about not wearing masks and they are wrong.

Speed Limit Not Mentioned

Regarding the recent rant about driving in the left hand lane at the speed limit.

Florida Statute 316.081, Paragraphs 3

(3) On a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes allowing movement in the same direction, a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.

Notice speed limit is not mentioned in the statute. It is a moving violation to clog up the left lane.

Slower drivers should move over. It’s the law!

Left Lane Reply

Mr. or Mrs. slow left lane driver you are the problem.

You do not know if I am an expecting father trying to get the expectant mother to the hospital to deliver her baby, or a father/mother taking their sick or wounded child to the doctor, or a worried parent hurrying to their child's side because they called and said they were in a bad situation.

You just don't know!

What does it take for you to move over for a moment and let me or others pass?

It is not your profession to be a traffic enforcer.

Per Florida Statute Section 316.081(3), On multi-lane streets, roads and highways, it requires that drivers drive in the right-hand lanes to prevent impeding the flow of traffic resulting in dangerous driving situations.

Drivers must not continue to drive a vehicle in the far left lane when being overtaken by a faster moving vehicle, unless the driver is preparing for a left-hand turn at an intersection.

Drivers failing to move from the far left lane will receive a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.

Driving in the rain

My mother and I were driving home during that Sunday rain storm a few weeks back.

It was raining so hard that I had to put my wipers on high. I still had a very hard time seeing the lane lines and the taillights of the cars in front of me.

Worst of all was the number of cars driving with no headlights on at all!

I believe Florida statutes state that if your wipers are on, then your headlights should be on too.

There were also quite a few cars driving with parking lights on and that is also illegal in Florida. And so is driving with your hazard lights (aka flashers) on. Some drivers claim they can see just fine, they don’t need their headlights. Nuts! The lights are for the rest of us, not just you.

In response to “Another view on masks”

The fact that you explicitly admitted to not wearing a mask from the beginning of the pandemic for the sake of “cherishing your lungs” and “we are not designed to breathe in our CO2” automatically tells me that you have a completely skewed perspective of this worldwide tragedy.

First, not using a mask to “cherish” your lungs is not a valid argument because if you truly cherished them, you’d know better to wear a mask.

Second, while you are right that we humans are not designed to breathe in CO2, masks do not allow that to happen.

Either you are A) wearing a poorly made mask, B) your dental hygiene is so bad that wearing a mask made you realize this and put the blame on anything but yourself, or C) you’ve been watching Fox News and scrolling on Facebook for so long that they brainwashed you to ignore many literal scientists’ advice to keep us safe.

Third, if a doctor in a hospital isn’t wearing their mask properly, that’s a health violation! I wouldn’t trust that person!

Fourth, just because vaccinations were made, doesn't mean this nightmare is over. For example, if you took antibiotics for an illness, you don’t stop when you don’t feel any symptoms, you wait till your doctor clears you because you can still be sick and the bacteria will mutate to withstand those medications causing a more dangerous illness.

Last, while it’s true that pre-existing conditions can make COVID worse, it’s still insensitive to blame a person for having it. Unfortunately, even doctors aren't safe from being brainwashed into false information so you can’t trust every doctor you talk to. If you really truly cared about your health and others around you, stop being a baby and wear your mask!

(1) comment

ROB H

Stop with the mask talk if someone does or does not want to wear a mask that's up to themselves to decided everyone has their own opinion about wearing or not wearing one it is time to move on from the mask debate

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