Pinellas Park palms
Government keeps wasting money
Not only is the purchase of Arizona palm trees a considerable waste of the taxpayers' money, it is an inconsiderate decision made on behalf of the taxpayers of Pinellas Park. The price of said trees is $89,040, or $6,360 per tree. Now the city is spending another $105,333.54 to complete the landscape work. We are asked to tighten our belts, yet the government keeps wasting our hard-earned taxpayer dollars! When is this frivolous spending coming to a halt?
In light of the expenses incurred by each and every taxpayer in Pinellas Park and elsewhere, why do we spend money unwisely? We have native palm trees right here in the Tampa Bay area. Who, other than the city and its spokesman, Tim Caddell, says the trees have to match the other trees? Now Pinellas Park wants to raise taxes. What for, may I ask? So the city can spend more money foolishly on some other project?
Mary Ann Vecchio, Clearwater
Trees as blockades
I have to admit that those islands in the streets with the trees in them look beautiful. But what happens if or when we have a hurricane? The trees could blow over and block the way for people to get to shelters or out of town. And there are so many of them. Good luck, folks!
What does the St. Petersburg City Council think about this?
Virginia Sheeley, St. Petersburg
Achieving takeoff from the empty nest | June 24, story
Article was moving
I recently took a car trip — three moms, two vans and seven teenagers (13 to 18). As I read Alice Graves' "empty nest" article to everyone in the car, I started to cry. My sister Mary, whose son had just completed his freshman year, also started crying. My oldest daughter leaves for college in the fall, and although I'm excited and thrilled for her, I know my heart will break.
I'm so glad Alice Graves is writing a memoir. I'm going to "ready my nest" and look forward to reading her book.
Helen R. Marger, St. Petersburg