Friday, April 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Dunedin responsible for cleanup of stormwater refuse

Dunedin votes against dredging | story, Jan. 26

City responsible for cleanup

If Dunedin dumped refuse in a local neighborhood, the residents would decry the action.

If the city dumped debris in the waters off Honeymoon Island, there would be a public outcry.

I suspect some of it would come from a few of those in the minority who oppose any cleanup of Lake Sperry and Cedar Creek, but happen to live on Honeymoon Island. I also suspect they would be the first to demand action be immediately taken with taxpayer money to rectify such scenarios.

It is irrefutable that the city is dumping its stormwater refuse into Lake Sperry and Cedar Creek. The difference is in the subtlety of this process, which has been occurring over a prolonged period of time.

The degradation to the environment of a privately owned lake and a once biologically thriving tidal estuary is now blatant. The accountability for rectifying these man-made disasters rests squarely on the city.

Annie Chewcaskie, Dunedin

The green battlefield, story, Feb. 2

What about right of landowner?

If the community wishes to preserve land in its undeveloped state, it simply must negotiate with the owner to determine a price at which he would consent to include that condition in the deed restrictions.

One-sided action by the local government without the agreement of the owner would seem to be a kind of seizure that I believe is prohibited by our Constitution.

Certainly, it would be unfair to the owner and hold a threat of future arbitrary action detrimental to the financial interest of all property owners.

T. Shewell, Seminole

Study puts brakes on red-light cameras story, Jan. 23

Standardize timers on lights

It seems to me that we could eliminate confusion and controversy over motorists running red lights by standardizing the countdown timers that are at many intersections.

In some cases, the traffic light turns yellow as soon as the timer counts down to zero; in others, it's several seconds before the yellow light comes on.

You never know what you're going to get.

A little certainty would go a long way to improving safety.

Gail Carroll, Belleair

Mythic figure set for splash, and Criticism freezes Tarpon changes stories, Jan. 29

Next for Tarpon? Clean up blight

A thousand thanks to Dr. Kathleen Monahan, Tarpon Springs' director of Cultural and Civic Services, and city officials instrumental in making it possible to exhibit the beautiful mermaid statue named Ama near Spring Bayou.

Now, if I could get them interested in improving the area on Alt. U.S. 19 from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Klosterman Road, which is rich in blight caused by commercial legal/illegal unsightly signs and dying trees, it would make the city worthy of being called "beautiful."

For years, I've been in "conversation" with city officials to try and get landlords and store owners to improve this blight, to no avail. (I have a folder full of letters to attest to this.)

Also in the paper there was an article about the almost firing of our city arborist. We need this position, as trees are the natural public art that add to the beauty and comfort of everyone.

Sometime I feel like Don Quixote, chasing the impossible dream.

Irene Prosser, Tarpon Springs


Friday’s letters: Why just single-member districts are a bad idea for Hillsborough

Murman’s bad idea on districts | April 20, editorialSingle-member districts’ flawYour editorial opposing single-member districts in Hillsborough County is totally correct. I have served as Miami-Dade county manager twice. The first time (1976-198...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/26/18

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18