Friday, November 17, 2017
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: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17

Thursday’s letters: House bill not in patients’ best interests

Florida House Bill 81Bill not in patients’ best interestsFlorida legislators are considering a bill prohibiting hospitals and health plans from requiring board certified physicians to periodically demonstrate they are current with the latest advances...
Published: 11/07/17
Updated: 11/08/17