Sunday, December 17, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Equal enforcement for police, public

Enforcement is key for new DUI policies | May 9, editorial

'Zero tolerance policy' is one-way

This really burns me up! How can this be taken so lightly? This drunk officer put us all in danger that day.

A Clearwater police officer stated in court, under oath, that there is a "zero tolerance policy" when breaking the law in the city of Clearwater. Guess this so-called policy needs to be reviewed because it only affects the citizens, not the personnel who are paid to monitor the safety of our citizens.

Wait — it gets better. That statement was used under oath when I was in court challenging a $116 seat-belt violation for having my belt fastened but "under my arm" when leaving Clearwater Beach with a major sunburn. Yes, you are reading this correctly: extremely strict enforcement for keeping myself safe. No other citizen was in danger that day with my belt being on wrong — no one. The judge would not hear of providing me leniency. Maybe if I were a Clearwater police officer, I would have received a ride home on the back of the officer's motorcycle, without a helmet, and been provided aloe vera to calm the sunburn.

Rob Roy, Palm Harbor

Traffic safety

Motorists create danger on roads

I've made Clearwater my home for the last 14 years, and I love it. The only flaw is the driving habits I've witnessed: talking on cellphones, texting, running stop signs and red lights, ignoring ambulances and other emergency vehicles, drinking and driving, pot smoking (smelled them before seeing them), crossing three lanes of traffic without checking mirrors or using turn signals. The top prize so far goes to the moron who decided the left-hand turn lane was too long and used the lane going in the opposite direction as a traveling lane, making a left turn in said lane (I'm so glad no traffic was coming). I've never seen anything like it — ever.

Suggestion: Go to Michigan and study the timing of the lights and traffic flow. It works there; it may work here.

Linda Linn, Clearwater

Transit wishes | May 11

Pro-tax alliance a reason to vote no

Thank you for your article on Pinellas' pro-transit tax group. Once again you have clearly outlined the destructive alliance of big business, big government and big bucks.

Hopefully, voters and taxpayers, who always get stuck for big boondoggles that make utilities, politicians and special interests rich at their expense, will step up in November and shut that down.

Maureen Zilles, Largo


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