Hometown raving

So refreshing to read in your Jan. 31 issue that the Internet is not going to replace your (great) printed newspaper.

Some of my favorite motorcycle magazines have stopped publishing, seems like a lot of others have also. It's kind of depressing.

Thanks for brightening my day!

Clean up the parks

We hear much today regarding young people and their involvement and protests in support of the new “ Green Deal “environment revolution. It might be good if they start with the basics!

I visit our wonderful Palm Bay parks several times weekly, and the amount of trash and litter left by our young people is sickening. Water bottles, soda cans, food containers, and candy wrappers litter the ground and benches around the basketball courts, bike paths, and parking lots almost every time I visit to walk my dogs. Its especially bad on Monday mornings before the parks attendants have had a chance to clean. Unfortunately, much of this trash is left by adults and not just young people, so there seems to be an across the board lack of respect for the environment, as well as for themselves.

Parents, obey the litter laws and use common sense with your empty cans, bottles and fast food containers, and teach your children to keep our parks and city clean. The environment is our responsibility, and each one of us has a responsibility to clean up after ourselves.

Florida is a beautiful state, lets keep it that way.

Bus transportation article informs

This article is a real eye opener.

Who owns Space Coast Area Transit: the taxpayers of Brevard County, they employ the County Commissioners to administer SCAT?

SCAT manager of operations Lance Parker said, “Our Paratransit buses will still service Melbourne Shopping Center”, no they won’t. When you go to their schedule you receive a notice.

Melbourne Shopping Center is a for profit enterprise open to the public, they are doing a renovation no different than any other business; they are not barring any paying customers. However, they have demanded that a public owned transportation company not trespass on their property and that company, not having their ownership’s agreement have agreed to their demand.

The voters of Brevard County should vote all commissioners out of office or have a recall vote immediately. There could have been a solution to this; it’s called a shuttle to and from the MSC to the SCAT bus stop with vehicles that you see at airports/VA etc.

Who pays for this shuttle, who do you think, the one that refuses to have public bus service on their property, part of the renovation cost. That is what negotiation is; it’s not sitting down and conceding to whatever is demanded of you by what, someone that is paying their taxes.

What did these senior citizens do all their life? They have paid their taxes, look at the picture, you are asking them to walk in their condition?

Regarding animals in stores

Dear Sir or Madam,

As someone who works in a retail store, I can tell you that BY LAW we are not able to ask for definitive proof whether an animal is or is not a service animal. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the only questions an employee of a government agency, business, or a non-profit organization is allowed to ask are (1) “Is this a service animal?” and (2) “What tasks has it been trained to perform?”. However, we are NOT able to ask for documentation, demonstration of tasks, or inquire about the person’s disability. In addition, service animals are not required by the ADA to wear a vest, patch, or other service animal identifier. Therefore, anybody can simply lie, and claim their animal is a service animal, and by law, we cannot ask for proof.

Multiple times a week, I have customers complain to me about animals inside of our store, and I have to explain the law to them. Believe me, as an animal lover myself, even I find it ridiculous that we have to allow it, but the law is the law. You can find out more about the laws regarding service animals at ADA.GOV

Old people and old cars on the road

I'm going to start by saying no one wants their license to drive taken away just for getting old.

Here are the facts as I see them, though.

First off, there are people behind the wheel that have no right driving a vehicle any longer, they are dangerous to themselves and me.

Secondly, why do you have to drive a car that is a half a block long? Why the huge Cadillac, Lincoln, Buick or Grand Marquis?

Get yourselves something you can handle, like a Sentra or Corolla or anything smaller. Try one out, they are comfortable and reliable and easier to park.

If you can't even turn your head to see what's next to you, then get something that will lessen the crash and save a life. Besides, your gas and insurance bills will go down, and you will have more room in the garage.

Thank you to anyone who listens.

It's all in the pour

Thanks Hometown News for allowing me to write in without having to include my name, address and phone number.  It makes extreme sense to be able to remain anonymous, rather than risk being attacked for making statements that though truthful, may exact anger or revenge by others.

I'm writing this for owners or managers of bars who actually want their businesses to succeed and also for bartenders who care about the tips they receive.  In short, if you please the customer, you will reap the rewards. 

I happen to like good beer, essentially craft beers in the 5 percent or higher range and not, the imitation beers, like light beers, that to me, don't even qualify as beer.  I don't mind paying five or six bucks for a quality draft beer, even when the crap beers are half the price.  What I do mind however, is the server not respecting that I'm paying more and that there is a right and a wrong way to pour quality beer.

My rule of thumb is simple:  If you're pouring the cheap stuff, do it anyway you like, because your customer has no knowledge of what he's drinking because he is not really a beer person.  However, if the customer is paying $4. or more, pay attention to what I'm saying, and get it right, please.  Even when I try to explain this in person, many servers still don't get it, or simply refuse to do it right.

A proper pour consist of holding the glass at an angle, with the faucet touching the glass.  Pull the handle forward and constantly hold the glass in place without moving it, whatsoever.  When the foam begins to overflow, tilt the glass to a straight up position without lowering it, until it's full.  A bit of foam is OK, but not more than a half inch.

There is a sound reason for this method of operation.  When a glass of beer is full after a proper pour, you can hold it up to the light and see carbonation rising.  If you don't see that, the flavor will be changed due to lack of carbonation and you now have a flat beer.  People who care about their beer consider this ignorant and rude.  Some will not return to an establishment that can't do this right, or they may tip less or not at all.  Oh, and it doesn't matter if you've been a bartender for 20 years, you either do it right, or you don't.  It's your profit, or your loss.

(2) comments


I wonder if the writer of "Old People and Old Cars on the Road" even stopped to consider what was being really implied by their article? I can recall where the somewhat same philosophical discussion was used before the establishment of reeducation/training locations, some named "Treblinka, Belzec, Buchenwald; Dachau", that were established to help the older generation and others impaired individuals to adjust to the new and enlightened society.

I wonder if the writer even considered that those who are being 'accused' of being a menace on our highways are the same ones who were willing to give their lives, and many did so in defense of the freedom that the writer has to express their personal views just as I am now doing, to express my personal opinion of the writers opinion, and unlike the write of that article I will post my name.

Paul Whitmore


Regarding "Old people and old cars on the road". As an older person, I want to know why the younger generation has race down the streets, ignore the merging laws, swerving in and out of traffic, the loud music that makes my office windows shake, those that believe they are the owner of the streets. I agree there are some older people who don't belong behind the wheel, but the younger more aggressive generation are the worst.

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