A dunderheaded idea in Dunedin | letter against Dunedin's planned Weaver property purchase, Aug. 17
Glass houses, stones a bad mix
This letter is in response to the letter written by Joe Paige of Clearwater.
As for putting every parcel of land on the tax rolls, that's how Clearwater Beach became the mess it is today.
And as far as you not wanting anyone's sticky fingers in your wallet, why didn't you think about that when your city built a $30-million sidewalk on the beach, or spent millions more to redevelop Cleveland Street into whatever it's supposed to be now (and still deserted).
And as for using words like "stupid," as a child would, what would you call a city that doesn't have a fire inspection for more than 11 years at a building that makes airplane parts and uses hazardous chemicals? I'll call that action stupid, but I'm not childish enough to call the people stupid.
In short, Mr. Paige, don't complain about the neighbor's yard when yours is such a mess.
David Feeney, Dunedin
Support marrow donor program
My name is Ethel Grimsley. On Aug. 29, 2006, my son, Joseph Grimsley, was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and marrow disease called acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML. We were told by doctors that he needed a bone marrow transplant or he would not survive another year.
In an effort to find a bone marrow donor for Joseph, I began a campaign to raise awareness and educate people in the community about the disease and the urgent need for minorities to join the National Marrow Donor Program registry.
We were unable to find a donor match for Joseph and on Aug. 19, 2007, he passed away. During his illness, we often talked about helping others find donors. Even though we were unable to find a match for him, Joseph wanted me to continue the mission to raise awareness and educate and encourage minorities to join the National Marrow Donor Program registry in an effort to help save lives.
A nonprofit organization, Faith Hope And Determination Inc., or FHAD, has been formed in memory of Joseph. I am in the process of obtaining 501c3 (federal tax exemption) status.
In the meantime, the original campaign has become the FHAD Inc. mission, with the focus on raising greater awareness by getting the word out to the masses through education, community participation and registering potential donors. This need is particularly critical in the minority community. All volunteer efforts are combined with Florida Blood Services, which is the local marrow donor center.
Funds or donations raised by FHAD will be used to start a scholarship fund for students pursuing their education in the field of blood and marrow cancers. The funds will also be used to help provide assistance to leukemia patients and their immediate families.
Your support in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated.
Ethel Grimsley, Largo
Emergency was well-handled
I was born in Pinellas County and have lived here 77 years. My thanks go to Pinellas County Emergency Management Director Sally Bishop and the Emergency Operations Center personnel for a job well done during Tropical Storm Fay.
While some people will gripe about the order to evacuate and its later cancellation, the EOC recommendations and decisions were appropriate.
Robert Baker, Dunedin