Saturday, December 16, 2017
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


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17