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