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Cleveland Street art: What is it?

Clearwater's drive-by art story and photos, July 5

What is this art supposed to be?

Looking at the pictures of Clearwater's open-air "art" gallery on Cleveland Street reminded me of an old joke I'd seen about an elderly lady visiting a modern art gallery. One painting caught her eye, and she asked the artist what it was supposed to be. He replied that it was supposed to be a mother and child.

She asked him, "Well, why isn't it?"

'Nuff said.

Carolyn Gold, Clearwater

Clearwater's drive-by art story and photos, July 5

Rules different for city, taxpayers

Six months ago Clearwater delayed the opening of Jamba Juice downtown over a gold awning and other issues raised by the Clearwater sign Nazis.

Now, the city is contributing to a $14,000 project that includes a fuchsia arch which celebrates the assistance of evil spirits. How could this piece of garbage possibly conform to the downtown design guidelines?

This is yet another shining example of how the rules for taxpayers do not apply to the government that imposes those rules.

In the coming months, when the city threatens to cut the number of police officers or firefighters because of budget constraints, their pleas for tax increases will fall on deaf ears. I for one know where $14,000 of available funds were wasted.

Doug Hilkert, Clearwater

Clearwater's drive-by art story and photos, July 5

How about some non-abstract art?

Sorcerer's Gate might pass for a gate, but the other two pieces? If something has to be explained, then it isn't art. And my question is: Why are Pinellas County arts authorities always searching elsewhere for art work? Are there no local artists' works that qualify? This happens all the time.

And why does public art always have to be abstract? Some of this stuff gives art a bad name.

Norma Bigler, Palm Harbor

Clearwater's drive-by art story and photos, July 5

Ask the beholders what they think

The response to City Manager Bill Horne's statement concerning the public's reaction to the new artwork is found in this old quotation: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Gregory Lord, Clearwater

Clearwater's drive-by art story and photos, July 5

A perfect message for visitors

Hey, I love the new artwork Sorcerer's Gate for downtown Clearwater.

It couldn't be more appropriate for entering the bowels of a "religion" there. What a perfect subliminal message for visitors.

George L. Ehmig, Clearwater

Playground dedicated to Clearwater soldier | Diane Steinle column, June 29

Thank you for column on soldier

Thank you for your comments about the June 14 Lake Belleview community activity and the playground dedication honoring U.S. Army Spc. Arturo Huerta-Cruz.

As a volunteer and liaison for the event, I was truly humbled and honored interacting with the hundreds of volunteers, the Huerta-Cruz family members, government officials and some of Arturo's military colleagues, particularly Army Capt. Andrew Lynch.

All who volunteered planting trees and shrubs, spreading mulch, assembling playground equipment, etc., and all who attended the dedication ceremony observed a truly remarkable community event. I would like to thank everyone involved for their time and dedication and recognition of the true U.S. heroes, the men and women serving in our military.

I am still overcome with the emotions of great happiness and pride, together with some sadness for Arturo, the Huerta-Cruz family, and his military colleagues. I never met Arturo directly, but after interacting with his family, I learned of several commonalities in our lives: We were both born in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico; our parents brought us to the United States as small children; we quickly adapted to our life here (language, customs, education, etc.) while still celebrating our Mexican heritage and ancestry; and for similar reasons decided to give something back to the country we so love through our public service.

While my public service pales in comparison to the sacrifices Arturo and his family have paid, I feel a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to honor them by continuing to serve our community and to promote Arturo's legacy. I have and will continue to share Arturo's life story and the story of the day a very diverse community gathered to help build a playground dedicated to an honorable and brave young man. My two young daughters have heard the story and will be especially reminded each time we play on the playground.

I was pleased you also included some of Arturo's cousin Roger Cruz's poignant comments about immigrants (followed by your comments on immigrants in the military). I have had many individuals ask how and why a noncitizen would serve in the U.S. military. I simply reply that many immigrants like myself truly and daily cherish the freedoms and opportunities that the United States affords, and frequently many of those individuals simply want to give something back.

We are a country of immigrants and at the same time a country of law, order and security, where we all essentially seek similar opportunities and dreams such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. None of us choose where we are born. Arturo did not choose to come to the United States. But he did choose to give everything he could to allow all of us to continue pursuing everything the United States represents.

The most humbling of all was witnessing the presentation of the posthumous U.S. citizenship for Arturo, given to Arturo's parents during the June 14th dedication ceremony. I have proudly stated since my naturalization ceremony in 1996 what a great privilege and honor it is to be a United States citizen. I now proudly share that additional commonality with Arturo Huerta-Cruz, a true American hero and United States citizen.

I invite everyone, especially families with young children, to visit and use the Ross Norton Playground, dedicated to the memory of Arturo Huerta-Cruz, at 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Clearwater.

Robin I. Gomez, Clearwater city auditor and Hispanic-Latino liaison

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Cleveland Street art: What is it? 07/09/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 12, 2008 7:41pm]

    

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