Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: New drugstore adds to beach traffic woes

Drugstore adds to beach traffic woes

Having visited and lived on Clearwater Beach for 10 years, I've wrestled with the traffic rather successfully, especially during the heavy snowbird visitation and summer vacationers. However, with the opening of the Walgreens store, the change in traffic flow has not only increased the length of time to enter the roundabout and created longer traffic backups, but now it invites an increase in accidents by cars now cutting across cars to access the road leading to Walgreens' parking lot.

That road is one of six roads (including the two entering and leaving the beach) that bring vehicles onto a roundabout that is not large enough to handle the traffic. Are there any traffic studies in progress to address this problem?

Patricia A. Querubin, Clearwater

Dunedin's lone race has many contrasts | Diane Steinle column, Aug. 8

Fine Art Center a Dunedin jewel

I was very disappointed in the tone of your article on the Dunedin political scene. By inference you indicate that the other candidate came from a privileged background. What does the background have to do with anything?

Not all art lovers are elitists. Come to the Dunedin Fine Art Center and see who comes through the door to art camp. Working mothers and fathers that want an art appreciation for their children. And thanks to many organizations and individuals, many have scholarships.

Thanks to the few "upper class" citizens of the area, Dunedin is a wonderful destination for the tourist community and our area at large. Before castigating the art community and Dunedin Fine Art Center, why not come here and see for yourself what this means to the Tampa Bay area.

Art Leasure, operations manager, Dunedin Fine Art Center

Teamwork is key as school starts

I enjoyed reading your Back to School issue. But I would like to add one element that is important as school begins.

Close your eyes and imagine a triangle. At each point, place one of these words: parents, students, educators. See how they are connected: parents with students and educators, students with parents and educators, educators with parents and students.

For a child to be successful in school, we ALL need to work with each other. Everyone needs to be involved; we are equal partners in the learning process.

Good luck in the school year to everyone. Together, we can make it the best year ever.

Marilyn Warner, Clearwater

Let motorcycles pass before turn

After reading about yet another accident involving a car making a left turn in front of a motorcycle, I thought I might offer a word of advice to motorists.

If in the process of making a left turn, you observe a motorcycle coming toward you, no matter how far away you think he is, wait for him to pass before completing your turn. As a former police officer, it has been my experience when handling this type of accident that the driver of the car thought the bike was far enough away and that they had plenty of time to turn. Unfortunately, many bikers feel the need for speed and are traveling much faster than the legal limit and can be upon you before you know it.

The safe bet is to just let the bike go by before you proceed.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/26/18

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

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
Updated: 04/23/18

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

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

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