Sunday, January 21, 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


Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18