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Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs should try fundraising

Re: Helen Ellis needs financial help with expansion | story, April 3

Hospital should try fundraising

Maybe Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs could take a tip from Tampa Bay's National Public Radio affiliate station, WUSF/Concert 90, which is 89.7 on the FM radio dial. When it comes to great teamwork and raising money, Concert 90 is next to none.

The station just completed its March membership campaign and took in $400,000-plus in only 11 days. Now, that speaks volumes, especially during a recession when so many people have been laid off. But it also tells us that when something is so very meaningful, it is well worth the sacrifice.

Helen Ellis hospital could sure use a little of the radio station's chutzpah to help out with its financial needs and help expand its cardiac care services. It's sure worth a try. As the Beatles once sang, "I'll get by with a little help from my friends." And besides, it never hurts to ask.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

Fort DeSoto fee is a terrible idea

I read with dismay that Pinellas County is considering charging an entrance fee for Fort DeSoto park. This is atrocious. Fort DeSoto is one of the few places that we in this county cherish.

We are already being taxed to pay for the park, and there are other places in the budget that can be cut. While the $48,000 that is paid for doggie poop bags won't be much help, it's a start. Maybe we can even cut some of the tree pruning and planting.

Doris J. Houdesheldt, St. Petersburg

Taxpayers don't want project

The taxpayers in our county, especially in the Pinellas Groves hamlet, are livid. We are fed up with the county commissioners. They have chosen Bank of America for their dream affordable housing development by the Bayside Bridge. So far, Bank of America has gotten $50 billion of taxpayers' money.

County Commission Chairman Calvin Harris, overturn Pinellas County ordinance 08-60. Restore the former zoning for the land involved in the Bayside Reserves affordable housing proposal. The citizens don't want this project to be completed.

The current water shortage only proves that this plan is doomed to fail. Taxpayers do not want their tax money used on this project. Listen to the taxpayers.

Rick Shott, Clearwater

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