Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Clearwater doesn't need a new City Hall

New City Hall not a necessity

Let's see if I understand this. The city of Clearwater needs a new City Hall because the present one is about 50 years old and in need of some repair. This building is used maybe 10 hours per day five days a week on average.

Using this standard, probably 80 to 90 percent of the buildings in Clearwater need to be demolished because they are over 50 years old and in need of some repair. Homes on the average are used 24 hours per day seven days a week.

How many homes in the area are 75 to 100 years old? What about the apartments and condos that are more than 50 years old? I don't think this is going to happen. The main reason is it doesn't need to be done. In almost all cases, older homes are repaired and remodeled and will last for probably more than 100 years.

Commercial companies seem to have the same thoughts. A building more than 50 years old needs to be replaced. But these are profit-making companies that get all kinds of tax write-offs and benefits and still make money. But this is not the case for government buildings. The cost is not coming out of the officials' pockets except in the small amount of taxes they pay.

Of course, the argument will be it will help downtown Clearwater. For what? Clearwater is known for just one great thing and that is the beach. Yes, the dolphin movie seemed to help, but I bet most of the people going were on a side trip from the beach. Once the novelty of the movie wears off, so will the tourists.

Oh well, it is only taxpayers' dollars, which there seems to be plenty of.

John L. Blechschmidt, Clearwater

Leaders need to adjust attitudes

Citizens who go to meetings of County Commission, city councils, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, etc., must face the fact the elected and/or appointed members of most of the official boards do not care what the citizens are saying in the gifted/censored two to three minutes they are allowed to speak.

To most of these board/committee members, listening or pretending to listen to the citizens speak is just a formality they must sit through. With their arrogant attitudes, they feel they don't have to answer, reply or even have a dialogue with the recognized citizen speaking.

Their arrogance is an indication that these elected or appointed individuals are not having the required attitude to represent anyone.

Walter Gay, Dunedin

Pier 60 play area: $440K story, April 17

Keep the 'circus' off the beach

Surely our Clearwater City Council is too wise to put another large amount of clutter on our gorgeous beach approach.

Our children grew up happily enjoying the sand and water without such distractions.

If one wishes for that kind of "circus," they go to Disney. Our sun, sand and water stands on its own — a most gorgeous sight.

If the council has $440,000 it just must spend, let it improve existing parks or parking access to the beach.

Henry L. King, Clearwater


Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18