Sunday, February 25, 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


Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18