Friday, June 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Let's build a movie theater in Skyway district

Theater great idea for marina area

There has been much discussion about what to do with the south side of St. Petersburg to encourage business and development. Recently I heard talk of a movie theater being debated for the Skyway Marina District on the south side of 34th Street near Broadwater and Maximo.

This is a wonderful idea. St. Petersburg has two theater complexes for the entire city — none of them near St. Pete Beach, Eckerd College or Tierra Verde. The Skyway Marina District is wonderfully situated for a theater. There are residential neighborhoods within walking distance and a population that has to travel an unusually long distance to see a movie. How wonderful this could be.

Another good thing about a theater is that it would increase traffic to the depressed shopping area along 34th Street.

Some other ideas I've heard include trying to bring in a Home Depot or Lowe's. While both of those would increase traffic, they would also threaten the smaller hardware stores in the area. The same could be said for trying to bring in another chain restaurant.

A movie theater would increase traffic to all of the restaurants as well as create more visibility for the rest of the stores in the area without negatively impacting existing business. The almost guaranteed traffic from the St. Pete Beach vacationers and hundreds of snow birds in Tierra Verde and the students from Eckerd College would almost guarantee success.

Great idea, I hope it happens.

David Busch, Tierra Verde

Survey a waste of our tax dollars

Mayor Rick Kriseman, are you truly serious about wasting taxpayers' money to engage someone to survey your workers? What does your analysis of your annual Affirmative Action Plan indicate? What does your head of Human Resources say?

Your intended survey results are evident now, especially if a member of management feels that they can deface city property with the letters "KKK" while creating a hostile work environment and still remain employed. Mind you, people react when they are placed in the proverbial corner or when they feel they have nothing to lose. If you do not agree with this premise, imagine changing places with Donald Pittman and answer yourself as to how you would feel if your outer garment had been defaced by your supervisor.

Do you really think the city gets 100 percent work productivity from those who have experienced the likes of supervisor John Paquette?

Mayor, what are you going to do about it now? Justice delayed is justice denied.

Stanley Gray, Tampa

Pinellas Democrats tout transit plan | Aug. 21

Greenlight plan not partisan fight

While newspapers and cable news shows love to create a partisan fight because it attracts readers and viewers, some projects have nothing to do with partisanship and all to do with building a better future for all citizens. The Greenlight Pinellas plan is exactly that kind of project.

Just imagine if the transcontinental railroad or the national highway system were reduced to partisanship. We'd all still be traveling on dirt roads by foot or horse. The future for all Pinellas residents is going to happen whether we like it or not. The question is are we going to shape that future so it's better than the present for us, our children and grandchildren?

Passage and implementation of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Greenlight plan for public transit will guarantee our future will be better and brighter.

Frank Lupo, St. Petersburg


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18