Re: The Dalí vs. the Grand Prix
Dalí has no business whining
Dalí directors shouldn't whine.
The directors of the Salvador Dalí Museum knew the Grand Prix existed long before the new museum location was determined — after all, the old museum was just a few blocks away.
They knew that a road course requires safety barriers to block the street. They knew that the race was going to disrupt their attendance. They knew that putting the museum inside the existing race course was going to cause problems.
Yet they built the museum smack-dab in the middle of the course. Now they expect the racecourse to move or the city to do something to preserve their visitors' unhindered access (read: income) to the museum.
While the city and race organizers should prioritize access to this valuable facility (as well as the Hangar Restaurant, the Mahaffey, etc.) more quickly after the race, this whining tone is exactly the same as that coming from people who move into an established neighborhood that has an airport next to it.
They should accept responsibility for their decision to locate the museum inside a known racecourse.
I support both the Dalí and the race. Both are unique and help put St. Petersburg on the map. The Dalí should simply close down (as the Hangar Restaurant does) for a week or so and use the time for maintenance — carpet cleaning, painting, etc.
Or turn lemons into lemonade and erect some bleachers on the roof of their very strong building and sell tickets.
Colin Povey, Clearwater
Crosswalk rules are not enforced
This is a desperate plea to our law enforcement agencies to enforce pedestrian crosswalk laws.
The Tampa Bay area has the dubious distinction of having one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the country. One primary reason is that our motoring public remains oblivious to our laws regarding crosswalks.
State law declares that the driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where a sign so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a road when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk.
State law also declares that a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk has the same rights and responsibilities as someone on foot.
What is clear is that most drivers ignore the crosswalk laws, especially at crosswalks located away from intersections. It seems drivers are somewhat aware of crosswalks at intersections but are totally ignorant of crosswalks in other traffic areas.
How many more pedestrians must be killed before our law enforcement agencies enforce our crosswalk laws?
Craig Williams, Clearwater
Math is wrong on high-speed rail
A recent writer stated he wants to thank Gov. Rick Scott for turning down the $2.4 billion for high-speed rail, thus saving the U.S. government from adding $2.4 billion to our national debt.
The writer is wrong. Scott didn't save any money for refusing that money. Other states took the money and are using it.
The only thing Scott will get is thank-you letters from other states. Time will tell if Scott made a huge blunder.
Dominic Grillo, Dunedin
Re: Election of Pinellas County sheriff in 2012
Sheriff job needs a new approach
What Pinellas County needs as an elected sheriff is a person with no law enforcement background. The citizens need a financial manager and strong leader for the sheriff position.
Far too much nepotism and favoritism takes place throughout the Sheriff's Office.
The role of a sheriff today is a manager and public relations person. To be fair to the honest taxpaying citizens, the local law enforcement deputies must have their powers of arrest used in a fair, unbiased manner.
Frances Bonnie Hoelper, Largo
GOP chatter is nothing but words
Considering all the chatter from the Republican Party around stopping a big government takeover, what do they call a bill outlawing baggy pants?
I think we all get the picture. The primarily Republican Legislature only wants the government to keep its nose out of people's business if it involves creating jobs, providing health care for the elderly and poor, or providing a good education for our children.
We need to wake up!
Cathy O'Gara, Largo
Chief of schools has run her course
It's time for Julie Janssen, Pinellas County schools superintendent, to leave. There must be someone, somewhere, who will be better able to lead our schools. We need to find him/her.
Mary Anne Mulder, St. Petersburg