Tuesday, June 19, 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


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18