Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Aquarium plans depend too much on Winter

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I was surprised when I heard about plans to build a new aquarium in Clearwater.

While the "Winter the dolphin" boom has been great for Clearwater and the aquarium, I cannot imagine it will be a long term attraction. The kids who love that movie will grow and prefer to go to the beach, the restaurants and the hotels on the beach. Someday "Winter" will go to that place dolphins go to play all day and we'll be paying for an aquarium no one goes to!

I often wonder, how the aquarium inhabitants will react to concerts in Coachman Park? Blast Fridays in downtown Clearwater? Fireworks displays?

Let's spend the money on a parking facility and some retail/restaurant space that revives downtown Clearwater. The new Capitol Theatre will open next fall and be a beautiful jewel to spur a downtown revival.

Reduce traffic, give Jolley Trolley buses a private lane and deliver visitors to the beach. They can see dolphins (and much more) in their natural environment there! Let Clearwater Beach demonstrate why it's the reason to come to Clearwater!

Fred Watkins, Clearwater

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The majority of people living at On Top of the World are neither brain dead, crazy nor yahoos! Just because a couple of grown men are acting like 5-year-old children does not mean the majority of us are not happy living here.

I moved here from living in an individual home by choice and have never regretted that decision. On Top of the World is a well-maintained, clean, active and pleasant retirement community.

People who don't live here should not make uninformed general statements about the complex or residents.

Joyce Rickard, Clearwater

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I moved to On Top of the World approximately 18 months ago and am very saddened by the remarks in the June 5 article, OTOTW dispute has readers saying: Time to grow up.

While I do agree that some persons still need to grow up even at 65+, the fact is that all you published was negative comments and it's not all negative here.

The building I live in is full of caring, concerned persons who watch out for the needs of all the others. If a person is sick we call 911, or take them soup or supper as it is and pick up groceries they might need. If a storm is coming and someone has left their car windows open, we alert them to the situation. If someone is sick and has a dog, we volunteer to walk the animal.

The quality of life is not spiraling down and restricted — two swimming pools, tennis courts, two community centers, yard care — yea, really restricted.

As for being a death sentence, it's a life-giving living arrangement that fits most seniors' lifestyles, but I wonder about the age of responders.

Sue Brewster, Clearwater

Auto crash on U.S. 19 June 9

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This unfortunate accident that resulted in the death of a young man caused no end of traffic problems on U.S. 19.

You staff writer reported the road was closed for two hours. The tragedy occurred at 5 p.m. and I was driving south at 9 p.m. and northbound U.S. 19 was still not open. One of the vehicles was just being towed away at that time.

One has to wonder just what takes so long to reopen the roads after a crash. Taking over four hours seems excessive in this day of video equipment.

I also had to marvel at the amount of flashing lights at the scene. Were the entire police forces of Pinellas County there? Certainly seemed like it.

Some of this manpower would have been better utilized directing traffic at the point of the northbound road blockage. Drivers had no idea of the extent of the road blockage and were still trying to get back on U.S. 19 via the ramp on State Road 580.

I tried this but, like many others, cut through a business parking lot and got, eventually, back onto S.R. 580 so I could make my way to Belcher Road to travel north.

These excessive road closure durations seem to be the rule, not the exception.

Ronald Bond, Clearwater


Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18