Re: Advisory boards' role shrinks in Clearwater | editorial, Jan. 21
Too arrogant to listen ?
I wish I could write to you and say I was shocked at reading your editorial. However, this is typical of our City Council.
You cited one council member as saying they need someone with the experience and passion to be on these boards. I was born in Clearwater and have lived here my entire life. I have had a business in Clearwater for 23 years. I am obviously passionate about the sign code. Do these things qualify me? I doubt it.
You see, this mayor, council members, city manager, etc., are so arrogant and show such disdain for the public they serve that they don't need or want any outside opinions. It saddens me to see what has happened to the city I love. Maybe one day we will get our city back.
Herb Quintero, Clearwater
Re: Murals rules create a muddled sign code Diane Steinle column, Jan. 25
City Council not best judge
Diane Steinle discussed the issues surrounding the current mural code violation at the Complete Angler. No one has mentioned the water and sea creature murals on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Is the city going to ignore this mural?
I don't think the existing murals are any more offensive culturally than the unfinished Scientology building at Spruce Avenue and Fort Harrison Avenue.
The Clearwater City Council seems to feel it is a better judge of sculpture than artists. These certainly are areas of judgment and cultural sensitivity. So far Clearwater officials haven't shown good judgment or cultural sensitivity, let alone supporting a struggling retail sector.
James W. Shiffer, Clearwater
Re: History in the air | story, Jan. 24
Thanks, WWII veterans
Being born in 1946, it was a thrill for me to see the last surviving World War II B-17 Flying Fortress fly twice over the Palm Harbor area late Saturday afternoon. I was sitting in the rear yard trying to soak up some Florida sunshine after this cold spell, heard a slow moving, loud airplane and quickly realized it might be the B-17 that was featured in the St. Petersburg Times.
Compared to modern swift airplanes, I thought its slow speed probably presented problems while trying to complete bombing missions.
I just wish to thank the many veterans who served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, who made it possible to for me to enjoy this afternoon!
Henry Russell, Palm Harbor