Friday, December 15, 2017
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


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
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Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
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Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

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Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17