Friday, March 23, 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


Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18