Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Parking hike hurts Clearwater Beach

Parking an hour at beach for $3? | story, Feb. 19

Fleeing from raised beach fees

The idea of raising parking fees at Clearwater Beach will surely promote seeking alternatives and lowering its standing as a desirable location to visit.

A price point of $3 per hour and extending meter hours until 11 p.m. are certain to reduce the number of people visiting Clearwater Beach. And to hold off on raising the rates until after the spring break season is an indicator that the city of Clearwater is aware of this.

The city should get creative and explore alternatives instead of looking at the beach as another piggy bank deposit for visiting this beautiful part of the city.

Ken Gagliano, Clearwater

Craziness at Enterprise Road and U.S. 19

Between a county and a hard road

I was saddened to learn that the Office Depot located at the Enterprise Road and U.S. 19 intersection will eventually move because the construction has made it virtually impossible to get out of the parking lot, let alone for people who live on the west side of U.S. 19 to get across.

People ride on the street behind Office Depot and try to pull out on Countryside Boulevard. It is difficult and dangerous.

What on earth were the city planners/traffic engineers thinking? Why do you have to usurp the neighborhood to accommodate travelers from Pasco County? Think about it, whose taxes do they pay?

Mrs. Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater

Dunedin looking to woo development downtown story, Jan. 19, and Slow down and get the facts letter to the editor, Feb. 19

No hiding, just give us the facts

I am a new resident of Dunedin, so I am reluctant to make a decision on an issue before I get all the facts.

However, when I read John R. Stewart's letter on Feb. 19, I was surprised to read that Dunedin's City Commission expects the people of Dunedin to do just that. Apparently, the Dunedin commission members expect us to support a decision they have made without giving us the evidence to back it up.

Mr. Stewart is right. We need all the facts first. If the Dunedin City Commission doesn't have time to get the facts, it shouldn't be rushing to give developers a break. At the very least, they should take up Mr. Stewart's offer to go over the numbers for them.

Dennis McGreen, Dunedin

Election may bring big change | story, Feb. 19

Thanks, Dunedin commissioners

To all our commissioners we say thank you for the unselfish services to the city of Dunedin.

As Dunedin citizens, we refer to our Mayor David Eggers, who hopefully will continue to serve on the county level. Next, to Commissioner Ron Barnette for his objective contribution and support to our city manager, Rob DiSpirito.

And one cannot be more impressed by the years of service of commissioners Julie Scales and Julie Ward Bujalski.

Dr. David and Teresa C. O'Dea, Dunedin


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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18