Monday, June 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Ex Safety Harbor Mayor Steingold shows self-interest

Mayor, ex-mayor face off story, June 26

Ex-mayor shows his self-interest

In response to the article about Safety Harbor's former mayor Andy Steingold being disrespectful to our new mayor, Joe Ayoub, by stirring up trouble, I would like to remind people that it was Andy's choice to resign his position for a failed candidacy to be elected judge.

Andy left by his own will to pursue higher office and now he needs to be respectful to our new mayor by not politicking for his old job back while bashing Joe Ayoub in public forums. Contrary to what Andy said on Facebook, it is this kind of behavior that leads to so much distrust in our elected officials as it makes it obvious they are only trying to serve themselves instead of our community.

Unlike other elected officials I've met, Joe Ayoub is willing to make tough decisions for the betterment of our entire city. One example is his vote to approve the Richman proposal for apartment buildings and standing by his vote, while in contrast, Andy tries to back pedal from his vote in order to gain political favor.

This kind of leadership by Mayor Joe Ayoub takes the tax burden off taxpayers, keeps industry out of a residential area and saves green space.

In comparison, Andy caved to pressure and led the commission when voting to deny the application for a group home for disabled children on Harbor Woods Circle, ultimately costing the city over $200,000 after the city was sued by the group home owner.

Andy, my husband and I supported you in the past but we find your current behavior unprofessional and not in the best interest of the community. Once again, it was your choice to move on, as Safety Harbor has moved on.

Janet L. Muller, Safety Harbor

Dangerous lane on U.S. 19 letter, June 23

Enterprise Road rules defy logic

Couldn't agree more with Mei Tschang's comments. Enterprise Road seems to be the "red-headed stepchild." When traveling south on U.S. 19, you weren't able to turn left onto Enterprise.

Now, due to road work, it's odd the way they are directing the traffic flow from Enterprise onto U.S. 19. You can't turn left off Enterprise onto U.S. 19 anymore. They took away the stoplight, so you have to play "chicken" with the traffic barreling down on you should you try to turn right onto U.S. 19 from Enterprise.

You no longer can shoot across U.S. 19 to continue driving on Enterprise, east to west, to get to Belcher Road, either. In other words, if you live on Enterprise, as I do, to go south you must first go north and make a U-turn at the Countryside or State Road 580 underpass.

I decided to go right onto Village Drive from Enterprise and make a left on Countryside Boulevard and turn left on U.S. 19. One feels like a rat in a maze. Who, I wonder, made up this idea of having to pass your destination, as there's no way to get to it, so you have to drive away from it, do a U-turn and then drive back to it?

Try going south on U.S. 19 to Imperial Cove, which is on the left, then having to go past it, then cutting into some awful road work construction area or down to Belleair Road, taking a U-turn and going back once again, driving north this time. They also took down the little sign stating "Imperial Cove," which you can easily pass by heading north, especially at night.

I fondly remember back when driving was considered fun.

Yvonne Mongan, Clearwater


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...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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