Wednesday, May 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


Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18