Sunday, April 22, 2018
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

Comments

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18