Re: Ethics complaint against Woods suitably rejected | editorial, March 12
Consolidate cities and save money
On the evening of March 3rd at the Largo Library, the Largo city commissioners had an open forum to hear the citizens' views on the city of Largo's supposed budget woes — yes, supposed woes!
After reading the recent editorial concerning the Florida Commission on Ethics and certain elected members of the City Commission, I fully understand why Largo has a "budget problem." Pure stupidity!
It is time to clean house, get rid of every elected official in Largo, streamline every department. What I am talking about is cut your dead wood, your upper level management that truly has very little purpose except to create more paperwork and larger buildings. Taking a lesson from the U.S. Army, you need a whole platoon of privates, a group of sergeants and only a few officers.
Before everyone goes off on me like a Roman candle, think of this. In Pinellas County our city borders have almost blended with each other. Here is the best way for all of the communities in Pinellas County to handle their internal problems and also their supposed budget woes they are predicting: Every city and town needs to consolidate into one community, the City Of Pinellas.
We can all keep our individual identities with "districts," such as the District of Largo, the District of Clearwater, etc., but we can all benefit by eliminating the unequal police protection, fires services, water services, sewer services and so on . If everyone will wake up and see the light, this will also allow for the total equalization of the taxes in the county.
We will see a better control over the stupidity programs as well.
Ray Raulerson, Largo
Re: Missing elderly woman's body found | story, March 9
If no more driving, how do we travel?
Then find us rides if seniors can't drive.
The death of an elderly woman brings up the question of seniors giving up driving.
I take the AARP refresher driving course, don't drive at night and limit myself to local driving. The problem is how to get around without a car.
Cabs are expensive and taking a bus means getting to the bus stop and standing in cold, hot or rainy weather. Agencies offering rides to seniors are limited to those incapacitated.
The American Red Cross gave up the service and Faith in Action and similar organizations have long waiting lists. I have been waiting for over a year with no luck.
Other towns have rides available for seniors at minimal cost. If seniors are to give up driving, there needs to be more and better means of transportation.
Margaret Mayer, Clearwater
Insurer's tree rule
seems unfair policy
I do not understand the law about the protection of oak trees when they endanger your property and dwelling.
It all started when we were sent a letter from our insurance company notifying us of a rate reduction on our homeowners insurance. There was one stipulation: There were to be no water oak trees within 25 feet of your dwelling.
Well, unfortunately for us there are two trees within 25 feet of our mobile home which are not our trees. Since homeowners were being told to do things to protect their property against storm damage and really high winds, we went through the chain of command, starting with getting permission from our mobile park office to cut these trees down.
In the meantime, we got an estimate on the cost of taking the trees down. We were told we needed to get a $20 permit, which wasn't a problem. But then we were told the tree farm has to measure the tree to see what the charge would be from them, and if we took a tree down, we would have to replace it. Why the heck would we want to replace the one we wanted taken down? Oh, we could plant one elsewhere, but is that fair to pay for a tree for somebody else? It would be over $1,200 for the final project plus the replacement trees.
This just doesn't seem fair at all. If this tree was blown down and it landed on our home, it would completely destroy it and a mobile home cannot be rebuilt. It seems to me there should be some exception to the rule. We are average homeowners, retired and on a limited income.
I can see how, if a tree is not endangering anything, you should not be able to cut it down just for the sake of getting rid of it, but when a homeowner needs to get rid of it, it shouldn't be like paying the national debt to do so.
Gloria Savoy, Largo