Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Good for Kriseman for digging in on recycling

A recycling idea is back on the table | June 13

Good for Kriseman for digging in

Kudos to Mayor Rick Kriseman for taking it upon himself to dig deeper into the logistics of recycling in St. Petersburg. His analysis uncovered the fact that there are several ways to approach the issue that can significantly alter the costs, depending on where you want the costs to be! The city staff has never been fond of recycling, and the mayor's leadership in issuing a challenge to them seems to be bearing fruit.

In studying the issue as a mayoral candidate in 2009, I found that the impact of a robust recycling program causes a serious cost shift in the solid-waste-disposal model. Simply put, packaging, aluminum, paper and plastic take up a huge proportion of solid-waste bulk. As Clearwater is finding out, we may be able to reduce garbage pickup to once per week, down from twice, if recycling is compelled to be done once per week.

I applaud this revisiting of curbside recycling for St. Petersburg.

Scott Wagman, St. Petersburg

Chihuly Collection

Museum is perfect new home

Couldn't the Chihuly Collection become a permanent installation at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts? Is there any way to integrate a permanent display in the new wing that has abundant residual sunlight, which is ideal for blown glass?

Considering that the huge Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan has a "suggested" admission of $25, isn't it time that St. Pete realizes that visiting three relatively small galleries with a collective price tag nearly triple the Metropolitan Museum's is out of step?

If the Chihuly Collection could be included in the Museum of Fine Arts, patrons could see two incredible art museums in St. Pete for around $50. It would be a step in the right direction, and a dual pass for the fine arts museum and the Dalí Museum could be created, too.

Rand Moorhead, St. Petersburg

City workers want living wage | June 15

Top earners should sacrifice

Since it would cost about $1 million to implement the living wage proposal for the 308 St. Petersburg city workers making less than $15 an hour, a simple solution to pay for it would be to take 10 percent from city workers, including the mayor and his high-priced staff, who are making over $100,000 per year, to cover the cost of this worthwhile effort.

As City Council member Wengay Newton is quoted in the article as saying, "Hopefully, we'll encourage or shame other people into doing the same." I, for one, am embarrassed and apologetic about the fact that people who work for the city are in poverty.

James Donelon, St. Petersburg


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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18