Marauders part ways with AD Cotter | Jan. 13 story
CCC is more than recent bad news
After the St. Petersburg Times published this story about Athletic Director Bob Cotter being out at Clearwater Central Catholic high school, it seems as if a whirlwind of negativity has crushed the school's reputation.
It's such a shame to read comments about my school and see alumni say they would never send their kids to CCC and that the administration has thrown ethics out the window.
It makes me sick that this bad image not only exists but is becoming increasingly popular because, as a current student there, CCC has been nothing but a nurturing, exceptional home away from home for the past four years, and never would I change one thing about the way CCC has molded me into the young adult I have become.
To alumni, parents and current students, don't focus on the few struggles the school has faced in its time of growth; remember everything CCC offers that nowhere else can.
Juan Mendizabal, Safety Harbor
Developers get favors even as taxes in arrears Jan. 13 editorial
County serves fat cats, not residents
Penny for Pinellas tax dollars purchased the 9-plus acres donated by county commissioners to the Bayside Reserves affordable housing project.
Bank of America is a 75 percent partner with Broderick Associates Inc., the developer of Bayside Reserves. Bank of America first received from the federal government $25-billion, then $20-billion in bailout money, and if that isn't enough, also received $118-billion in guarantees covering debt obligations.
Pinellas County commissioners have instructed the county attorney, at taxpayer expense, to "defend the county" and prevent Pinellas Groves Hamlet Citizens Committee from having a fair hearing (on its appeal of the County Commission's approval of the Bayside Reserves project) before the state Department of Administrative Hearings. When are the commissioners going to represent the taxpayers and residents affected by the above decisions? After all, it is their tax dollars being used to help pay all the fat cats listed above.
Did I mention that Bayside Reserves developer Roger Broderick recently had to pay almost $48,000 in back taxes after the St. Petersburg Times interviewed him prior to reporting he owed back taxes?
Where is the fairness and justice for hard-working, tax-paying residents of the Pinellas Groves section of Pinellas County?
Richard Shott, Clearwater
Grateful to VA for military funeral
On Jan. 9 I buried my husband, Gunnery Sgt. George W. Lord Jr., U.S. Marine Corps retired, at the National Cemetery at Bay Pines.
Many unfavorable articles have been printed about the Veterans Affairs Department recently. One thing they do right is a military funeral.
I have never attended a funeral so deeply moving, so deeply respectful and so beautiful as the one the Marine Corps did for my husband, and for any veteran who so proudly served our nation.
The priest, the Marine Corps honor guard and everyone involved have my undying gratitude.
Virginia Lord, Dunedin