Sunday, April 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Frustration Crest Lake Park restrooms remain closed

Manager gets high marks Oct. 19, letter

Council request falls on deaf ears

I agree with the Clearwater City Council that City Manager Bill Horne is an asset.

When I stood in front of the council with a petition of 160 signatures protesting the closing of the bathrooms at Crest Lake Park, Mr. Horne seemed to be the only one who listened to what I had to say.

Mayor George Cretekos wanted to avoid the topic, saying they had already discussed the matter, and Doreen Hock-DiPolito appeared to be text- ing on her smartphone while I talked.

Mr. Horne showed concern that so many taxpaying citizens want our public restrooms at the 40-acre park reopened, and even promised that the closing was temporary.

Unfortunately, the rest of the City Council has turned its back on the Skycrest neighborhood, and the restrooms remain welded shut.

Shannon O'Leary-Beck, Clearwater

Term limits don't need legislation

The voters of Dunedin will have a choice this election to establish term limits for the members of our City Commission. Term limits restrict my freedom.

If you have a really good public servant and you want to keep him, you can't. You have to get rid of the good candidate and replace him with someone who's inexperienced. You are eliminating the people who have wisdom and experience from political life.

We don't have to pass term limits to have term limits. All you have to do is vote the incumbent out!

The term limit concept was considered during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and was rejected by the delegates. John Adams stated, "There is no right clearer, and few of more importance, than that the people should be at liberty to choose the ablest and best men, yet, upon the term limits supposition, the people voluntarily resign this right, and shackle their own choice."

If you believe a politician should be removed from office, do it the American way — with facts, ideas and the voting booth. If I want to vote for the same person year after year, it should be my right as an American.

So, my primary objection to term limits: They are un-American! Vote "no" on Dunedin Charter Amendment No. 4.

Robert Burdewick, Dunedin

A cruel act by a cruel person

The killer intentionally drove off the narrow shell road onto the shoulder and ran down a longtime resident of Crystal Beach. The victim's skull was crushed. His face was unrecognizable. His body had burst. Chuck was dead.

Chuck was well-known and liked by his neighbors. They would stop their cars and wait for him to get across the street. Sometimes they would get out and help the old fellow get to the other side.

Chuck was a gopher tortoise. Purposely running him over could never be understood by a sane person. Who could take pleasure in his killing?

Chuck will be missed.

Anne Hultgren, Crystal Beach

2012 holiday boat parades

Split up dates on the boat parades

As a regular visitor to your area, I just checked the December schedule for the lighted holiday boat parades and once again find it difficult to understand why the St. Petersburg, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and Clearwater boat parades are all being held the same Dec. 8 evening.

These lighted boats are a magnificent sight and the boat owners go to great lengths to present a beautiful presentation to a very large viewing public.

Because there are only so many lighted boats that participate, I encourage you to please bring this to the attention of the various cities as well as the boat owners and viewing public by placing an article in your newspaper.

Hopefully, then common sense will prevail and someone will select one of the other seven Saturday or Sunday evenings so each parade will be well represented for viewing.

Frank Alexander, Orlando


Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

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