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Letters: Clearwater government is like TV, only funnier

It's like television, but it's funnier

Sometimes it's just plain amusing being a resident of Clearwater.

In Clearwater, you have a mayor and his co-conspirators weeping and wailing about the reduction in tax revenue and the negative impact on city services due to budget cuts.

Then you find out that this same group is spending thousands of dollars installing traffic calming measures throughout Clearwater, including Cleveland Street, which is a major east/west corridor.

Perhaps some speed bumps/tables and a few roundabouts along Drew Street and Druid Road where these roads pass through neighborhoods would be a good use of taxpayers' money. Don't forget, we want to slow down those pesky emergency vehicles.

Meanwhile, while nobody was looking, the mayor and his court checked their well-worn consultants handbook and found a Scientologist-friendly consultant to let us know what a great asset this pathetic mind control group is to downtown Clearwater.

I guess that $145,000 plus expenses is a small price to pay to validate their effort to enhance the Scientology campus which is downtown Clearwater, even though the Tom Cruise Memorial building, a.k.a. the Super Power building, sits unfinished for years.

Next on the horizon is the Mayor Hibbard Marina on the waterfront.

I've got to admit, watching the City of Clearwater government in action is better than reality TV.

R. Padgett, Clearwater

New traffic signal a waste of money | letter, Aug. 22

Other areas need traffic light more

As a resident of Island Estates for nine years, I totally agree with Gus Pantelides regarding the installation of a needless traffic signal at the intersection of Island Way and Windward Passage on Island Estates. The flashing yellow light that had been there did a fine job and there was never a problem with traffic.

I don't understand how a project of this kind can be approved without any kind of a vote by the residents of Island Estates. I feel for the families in other parts of Clearwater who desperately need traffic signals in their neighborhoods for their children's safety. Who is responsible for these decisions?

Meanwhile, we residents of Clearwater are faced with budget cuts that will include reduced hours at libraries and park and recreation facilities. The rationale here is very hard to understand.

I agree with Pantelides that some common sense needs to prevail when it comes to spending tax dollars. The "powers that be" should stand up and take notice.

Jeanne Bukovich, Clearwater

New traffic signal a waste of money | letter, Aug. 22

Money might have saved jobs

Kudos to Gus Pantelides for his letter on the new traffic signal on Island Estates, where I've been a resident for almost 20 years.

I find it ironic that his letter appeared on the same day as the article on the "trimming" of 45 city jobs. Tell me, Mayor Frank Hibbard, how many jobs would be spared with the $400,000 to $500,000 spent on this new signal?

Linda Johnson, Clearwater

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You may submit a letter to the editor for possible publication through our Web site at www.tampabay.com/letters, or by faxing it to (727) 445-4119, or by mailing it to Letters, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. You must include your name, address and phone number. Letters may be edited for clarity, taste and length.

Letters: Clearwater government is like TV, only funnier 08/27/08 [Last modified: Sunday, August 31, 2008 9:09am]

    

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