A museum in Harborview? story | Sept. 28
Museum would be boost for city
Even though I am a member of the Armed Forces Military Museum in Largo, I am an owner at both Pierce 100 and Water's Edge condominiums. Having lived in downtown Clearwater since 1984, I applaud our mayor for considering the potential that this astounding collection and presentation, along with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, could do to breathe life back into our city.
If the museums in St. Petersburg are a lifeline to their city, please consider this remarkable exhibit and the visitors it would attract to help resurrect the waterfront, the Harborview Center and downtown Clearwater.
Jane Kochan, Clearwater
Museum would draw tourists
As a resident in the Water's Edge Condominium in downtown Clearwater, I am writing in support of having the Armed Forces Military Museum in residence at the Harborview Center.
I have visited this amazing museum and feel it would draw visitors to Clearwater and become a destination and work in synergy with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The downtown development would directly benefit from having such a key educational attraction.
Clearwater could use some "feel good" pride by what this museum represents, and the Piazza family has done an awesome job of supporting and honoring the armed forces and the military history of our country.
Kim Cox, Clearwater
Therapy bike taken, but not girl's spirit, story, Sept. 30, and Girl's therapy bike recovered, story Oct. 2
Trike theft story touched hearts
Not only was Sunday a beautiful day in terms of weather, it was a beautiful day to learn Christine Garner's therapy trike had been found.
We sometimes hear it said, "Out of bad comes good." What better example of a bad situation bringing out the good in so many people? The outpouring of generosity and concern has been overwhelming, not only to the Garner family but those of us who are part of the Morning Star School community.
It was difficult to explain to the students of Morning Star School that someone would steal Christine's trike. That's because Morning Star is unique, since it educates students with special learning needs.
Christine Garner's attitude is just an example of how these very incredible minds work. There is no hate or criticism in their world. As Christine said, "It makes me feel wonderful, happy, and loved." She only sees the kindness being extended to her by so many people she has never met.
I would like to personally thank the St. Petersburg Times, Bay News 9 and Channel 10 for coming to the rescue after being alerted by one of our parents. Modern technology allows the public to be aware when time is of the essence. A bright green, custom made therapy trike is easy to spot when everyone in Pinellas County is on alert.
Thank you to the Pinellas Park Police Department for making the discovery at Wagon Wheel Flea Market. You have made a special child very happy.
Lastly, thank you to all who offered the funds to replace the trike as well as those who offered prayers for finding it. There is a lot to be said about strength in numbers.
Rosanne Leandri Ryan, director of Advancement & Community Relations, Morning Star School, Pinellas Park
EMS system called too slow, story, Sept. 25
Let firefighters provide service
As a recipient of 911 responses, my family and I laud the fire department for its quickness and professionalism. Alas, when the firefighters run the patient through all the tests, Sunstar enters. Now the Sunstar group must redo all the tests or go through all the tests with the firefighters.
This takes too much time in an emergency. It is a delay, duplication of services and very expensive. The firefighters should take the patient to the hospital if need be, instead of waiting for Sunstar. Our insurance pays over $500 to Sunstar, which is absolutely crazy.
Surely, Sunstar could exist but only on a secondary, fallback basis to the fire department, which would cost less and not be redundant.
Philip Tropea, Palm Harbor
Mosquito fogging is not appreciated
I am very sad. Last Wednesday about 3 a.m., I awoke to a sound reminiscent of my childhood: a mosquito fogging truck.
I was horrified. Here I am, raising butterflies. Although today Pinellas County agreed to no longer spray my area, I'm afraid the damage has already been done. Today there is not a butterfly, bee, dragonfly or moth to be seen. Even the butterflies my husband released yesterday — gone.
I do understand the danger of encephalitis, but would it not be more prudent to educate the public? Don't leave standing water, change your bird bath water daily, etc.
I don't know how long it will be before these beautiful little creatures will return or how long this poison stays effective. How can anything so destructive even be considered safe for humans? I have read, depending on what chemical is used, a certain type is deadly to felines.
A Pinellas County employee told me today that the chemicals they are using are deadly to butterflies. So sad.
Mary Oppman, Dunedin
Hire the jobless to beautify streets
All that expensive shrubbery that was planted in the median on Belcher Road at taxpayers' expense has gone to pot and is now a weed bed and an eyesore for drivers.
When we have folks who need jobs, why don't they hire some of them to keep our streets looking good and get a few folks off of welfare?
Fran Glaros-Sharp, Clearwater