Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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


Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17