Saturday, June 23, 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


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18