Sunday, June 24, 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


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18