Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: East Lake doesn't need more taxes

East Lake Sports backs property tax | May 16

Residents don't need another tax

On June 24, the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners will discuss raising property taxes on East Lake property owners. This would be a 0.25-mill increase for the already over-taxed residents of East Lake.

This new tax will be for the East Lake Youth Sports complex on Old Keystone Road. Most of our children use Oldsmar, Palm Harbor and Clearwater sports fields. And we pay for our own children's fees.

It is hard to be against children's sports, but this needs to be placed on the August or November ballot for the residents of East Lake to decide. If you agree, please email, call or write our seven county commissioners.

Roger Johnson, East Lake

Clearwater Beach parking

High prices send wrong message

Prices just went up! Florida's best beach is making a lot of people upset. Now the price is $3 an hour with a five-hour limit. People like to go for the day. Now the message is: Welcome to Clearwater Beach — now go home!

Tom Yetter, Largo

Crossing guard dies on corner | May 21

Corner name can honor this guard

While I did not know crossing guard Doug Carey during his lifetime, I have come to know his contributions to Clearwater and to our country following his untimely and tragic death.

Perhaps the City of Clearwater should rename that intersection of Belcher Road and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard as "Carey's Corner" in his memory.

Steve Allbritton, Palm Harbor

Tragedy raises two big questions

Such a tragedy! Two questions come to my mind:

1. How many traffic violations does it normally take to end up in jail?

2. How many politicians still believe we need to get rid of all red-light cameras?

My sympathies to the officer's family, friends and colleagues.

Gregory Tyillian, Clearwater

Elephant makes splash after working party | May 20

Animal's joy is worth considering

Reading this story made me feel sad. Then I felt anger that the people at this party had no compassion or understanding that this elephant was being exploited since she was a baby 58 years ago, brought here over 50 years ago, taken from her mom, sold in 1977 to a man who uses her for parties, weddings and rides without her consent.

Requests to remove the elephant from her sojourn in the water so the guests would go inside for their dinner took the only pleasure Judy was experiencing in her non-elephant-like life.

Did not anyone at this party walk in elephant Judy's shoes and realize the desolate life she leads without an elephant herd as her natural birthright? This is so not right!

Marilyn Weaver, Tarpon Springs


Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18