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• I’m responding to Sound Off (about the Tuesday, May 25, Page A9 editorial) “Bypass is best remedy for Crystal River congestion.” I would totally disagree with “As the Senate President Wilton Simpson recently commented, ‘If we can accommodate what the local communities want, that should be our number one goal.’” What local communities want? Well, local communities don’t want, first of all, that (Riverwalk) built with taxpayers’ money, but yet you’re not listening to them now. So why are you having double standards? I guess there’s double standards for one thing and double standards for another. So much for listening to the people, huh?

• Let me guess here, maybe 20 or 30 years ago, the state proposed having Turkey Oak as a bypass around Crystal River, but all the local merchants cried out and said, “You will ruin our business.” A lot of the sand haulers are already using this route, reason being because (those) who time the lights at (U.S.) 19 and (State Road) 44 don’t have a clue. I don’t understand why the county doesn’t have professionals to do the traffic signal timing.

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• In reference to “Bypass is best remedy for Crystal River congestion” from the Suncoast Parkway: I think a lot of you people are making a mountain out of a molehill. I used to take the Suncoast Parkway all the time to go to Tampa back and forth. There is not that much traffic coming off of (U.S.) 98 at the final exit there. There is not even that much. You’re all making a mountain out of a molehill.