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Clearwater has its priorities wrong

Re: City wasted funds on road project | letter, June 2

Clearwater has its priorities wrong

Letter writer K. Sibley took the words out of my mouth with her letter criticizing the "traffic calming" and roundabouts in areas of Clearwater where there is no need.

When I saw them under construction a few months ago, it was at the same time that the budget was being cut for city libraries, recreation centers and many other programs designed for children and the local public, with the summer rapidly approaching. With the fibers of our society being shredded every day, this city has decided to spend our tax dollars on unnecessary road construction, which interferes with the normal flow of traffic. Go figure!

During this very difficult time for parents and children, all public facilities should have been reinforced rather than canceled or closed. Children are killing each other on our streets; traffic calming on side streets off of Cleveland Street is the least of our problems. What were you thinking?

With parents having to work around the clock to survive in this current economy and pay city officials' salaries, parents have no options but to leave their children unattended and roaming the streets. That doesn't work in this society. Shame on you.

Margery West, Clearwater

Re: Full accounting too pricey? | story, June 4

Full investigation must be done

Surely this must be a mistake! Safety Harbor city commissioners are saying that it would "cost too much money" to prosecute a criminal who has stolen thousands of dollars from the taxpayers, and they chose to do only a one-year investigation to see how much has been stolen. This kind of behavior on the part of a city employee makes it even more despicable.

In order to keep this from happening again in Safety Harbor, the city needs to conduct a thorough investigation and have a forensic audit of the books. Otherwise, the matter will never be cleared up.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

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Clearwater has its priorities wrong 06/04/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:17pm]
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