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In tight times, don't waste money on Highland Avenue

Highland Avenue is all right as is

An invitation to attend the Highland Avenue improvement program meeting left me thinking, will Largo ever learn?

Rosery Road is a racetrack and is used by freight trucks to avoid East Bay Drive traffic signals. The Rosery signage prohibiting trucks is ignored. We also have become school bus alley. School pickup begins before dawn and it seems each bus picks up no more than three or four kids.

The city chose to plant trees on the right of way in a drought. Many have died, some have been vandalized.

The latest "plan" is to goof up Highland Avenue, which is a north/south corridor. It meets East Bay Drive in a T intersection. I'm not seeing the advantage of putting in the same blueprint of medians, shrubs and of all horrible things, a roundabout. We have seen these things in other cities and know they seldom work.

As for drainage, there's a canal and pond northeast of the intersection, and two blocks west is the "million-dollar ditch" built by Largo because the area was a flood zone. Clearwater-Largo Road looks good but it isn't the driving road it once was.

Schmaltzing up the city is a nice concept, but too many frills will make it look like a Barbie village, not a city of adults who have to pay for this. No matter what coffer the coins come from, remember they are your coins and shouldn't be squandered. Just fix the Largo Central Park clock or leave it alone. No more money on the luxuries.

Largo has done many good things, and I do appreciate them. However, times are tight and we have many pretty things to look at now. Let's redo our budget and take that money and spend it on things we really need such as police, fire and emergency medical service.

You will be needing all three of these services to extract you from the carnage this silly, ill-thought roundabout can bring. Remember the Clearwater Beach roundabout? I do. I worked on the beach and had to abandon using that road.

We who live on Rosery don't have an alternative route. Some days, to leave our driveway we have to wait for an opening in the long lines of cars and trucks. There have been days when that line was made up of 15 vehicles.

Marie F. Hoke-Singer, Largo

Re: Police cleared in fatal shooting | story, March 21

Self-defense by police was proper

Mike Gaides called me from the bar early that day (March 2, the day he was shot by Clearwater police at Lexington Club apartments) and seemed really down.

Mike was going through a lot of financial pressure — losing an apartment building and his house, and auctioning all his belongings except what he loaded in the moving truck. Medical bills were outstanding, and there were unpaid taxes. The pressure all added up.

I prayed with him on the phone, but from your story I found out he was under the influence of alcohol instead of crying out to God for help. I had no idea how bad he really was.

Please pass this along to the police officers. It might explain the weird behavior of Mike Gaides. They did the right thing to defend themselves and protect the people around them.

Harry Willer, Bridgman, Mich.

Hospital stay merits thanks

I was recently discharged from Morton Plant Hospital after a two-week stay. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people, from the admitting staff through the group of doctors, the nursing staff and the "techs" who always seemed to be there to give me what I needed.

I would be remiss if I did not also mention Lykes Radiation Department at Morton Plant, along with the Gulf Coast Oncology Associates, and last but not least, Clearwater Cardiovascular & Interventional Consultants, all of which I will very possibly have need for in the future.

Kudos to Dr. Jay Carpenter, my primary care physician, and his staff, and to all of the many professional people who assisted in my recent Morton Plant stay.

William Blosser, Largo

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In tight times, don't waste money on Highland Avenue 04/07/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 6:16pm]
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