Eyz Wide Shut | February 10, 2017
Get back to the real local issues
I have subscribed to your publication for several years now, and although I have tried to tolerate its decidedly liberal slant with an open mind, your February 10 issue makes me wonder just what you are trying to accomplish. As a former newspaper editor, I cannot understand how a story promoting a "swingers club" rates a front-page top-of-the-fold placement. People who are taking over a "failing but promising adult business?" A photo depicting the one-hour suites that have vinyl beds that are "easy to sanitize." Really? I'm sure many readers could have done without that visual.
A newspaper's front page is usually dedicated to "news" stories, stories that affect and inform the majority of its readers. Since I suspect the majority of your readers are seniors and non-swingers, how does this reporting fulfill the most important function of a newspaper – to be a voice for the community?
Surely there are issues that could be covered by your staff that are more relevant and less titillating. Or, maybe that was the point. Either way it looks like it's time to use your staff to dig into the real local issues and work to better the community it serves. Good journalism holds a higher purpose, and successful newspapers are those who give their readers a voice.
In spite of today's anything goes social attitudes, newspapers have a power that should be tempered by ethics, accountability, and yes, some moral standards. Continue with this kind of reporting and we might all decide to have our "Eyz Wide Shut."
Judith Hanes, Ruskin
Temple Terrace Downtown February 5, 2017
See what young minds can envision
There's been a number of false starts to the project to fill the 22 acres in "Downtown" Temple Terrace with meaningful construction and no one yet seems to have a plan. I have a suggestion, why not enlist the School of Architecture at USF to come up with a plan as a class project and set up a first, second and third prize for the teams working on the project. The monetary reward could go to the winning team or to the University Foundation.
It seems like young minds, familiar with the area and with an interest in contemporary design could envision some winning concept that might also be of interest to the officials of Temple Terrace and its inhabitants.
James Teske, Tampa
An insane crosswalk
As a Louisville transplant, having now lived here 5 years, there is much I love about your fair city. The one thing I do not love is the ill-mannered drivers and the non-enforced law against tail-gating, which is ubiquitous.
Speaking of road-related matters, in the spirit of helping to make Tampa better, your traffic engineers should really look at the crosswalk on Brorein downtown before Platt.
I have never in my life seen a more dangerously or insanely sited crosswalk, and I have a great fear that some pedestrian might actually believe that those white painted lines provide safe passage at that particular point in the road.
No engineer who drives Brorein in this block could possibly fail to note the looming danger of a loss of human life. I do not even think a police officer could morally fault a driver — so impossibly fast does this crosswalk appear in a speed zone. Whoever chose this spot to put a crosswalk should have their tenure reviewed. Please reconsider it.
John Linton, Tampa
5 minute rule
Tampa's parking rule loses its bite
The 5-minute parking rule is not just a convenience for homeowners to be able to park in front of their own homes, as stated in the article by Richard Danielson. For me, it is a matter which could be life or death.
I have a medical condition that may require immediate EMT intervention and if their vehicles do not have access to my home because some construction worker, for example, tows his boat behind his truck and parks the whole rig in front of my home, I could die while waiting for someone to move that rig. There is, in fact, construction going on next door to me, and a worker did, in fact, show towing a boat, and was outraged that he could not take up the majority of the parking space in front of my home, because I do have a 5-minute parking sign.
I have that sign on the recommendation of my doctor, who says that time could be of the essence should my condition require immediate attention.
So, I would suggest that the issuance of the 5-minute rule sign be based on actual need rather than convenience.
Judy Batson, Tampa