Friday, January 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Doggy dining: Change restaurant signs to 'No Dogs'

Having two trained English springers as wonderful and loving members of our family, I believe the city ordinances allowing dogs to share our dining space have gone too far.

The operative word here being "trained." Unfortunately, there are too many dog owners who won't follow the guidelines set by the shared dining ordinances, leaving the restaurant servers as subjective enforcers. These "dine-in" dog owners are the same people who don't pick up their "used dog food" when they walk through our neighborhoods, in our parks and on our beaches.

The dining ordinances are backed by a very vocal minority who can't seem to eat a meal without their precious pups sitting at the table, often in chairs or on their laps.

My dogs don't like me sharing their meals and consequently, I prefer not to have them hovering around me waiting for a dropped tidbit. Worse, I don't want to deal with someone else's pampered pooch while I'm trying to enjoy my meal.

Harvey A. Smith, Palm Harbor

Pier 60 play area: $440K story, April 17

Clearwater needs revised priorities

One has to wonder how the city of Clearwater can find $440,000 for a playground and another $100,000 for flags honoring our military organizations, while dismantling neighborhood playgrounds due to lack of funds to maintain these parks.

Joelle Castelli, representing the city, stated that a park playground can be dismantled when another is "nearby." So, if I have this figured out correctly, a child shows up at his or her neighborhood park this summer, paid for by his or her parents' taxes, only to find out that this playground is too old and our leaders have determined that this child should trek to another park "nearby." How far is "nearby"?

But Clearwater found enough money to spend on traffic calming all over Clearwater while our major park area, Crest Lake Park, stands in pitiful condition due to lack of money and concern. Seems to me to be a question of priorities.

R. Padgett, Clearwater

Remember whom you represent

So let me see if I have this straight. We have demolished 26 percent of our neighborhood playgrounds in the last six years because we can't afford to maintain/replace them. These are the playgrounds that are used by residents and paid for with property taxes paid by residents.

These are decisions being made by the same city that was going to spend a half-million dollars to build a playground to attract tourists to our beaches.

I wonder who our City Council members think they are representing?

Teddy Buell, Clearwater

Bring quiet back to Belleair nights

Belleair is no longer quaint and quiet. Mayor Gary Katica and the town commissioners have approved lighting the rec field until 11 p.m. (for years it was 9:30) so that this nightmare of noise and crowds and traffic with concerts on the Sabbath in our strictly residential community can occur. They have brought the masses to our quiet town.

I have lived here for almost 25 years and am truly bewildered at what they have made us, the residents who live close by, deal with several times a year.

Belleair is not Coachman Park. The masses are not residents. The noise levels and volume are extreme.

Turn the lights off and go back to no lighting and no sound on the field after 9:30 p.m. as it has been and should be for our town residents.

I realize some residents might enjoy a small musical event, but these "rock concerts" have been allowed to become a colossal nightmare for some of us, lasting not only hours but days! Move it to down by the water with stadium seating if you want these masses. Stay away from residents' homes and lives.

Belleair readers, even if these happenings have not yet affected you, please realize that this is commercialism and big business now occurring in our once quiet, residential town.

Please, take back your quaint and quiet town and support your neighbors. Voice to the mayor and commissioners your thoughts. Remember, they are supposed to work for us, the residents of the town of Belleair.

Pamela Hendrick, Belleair


Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18