Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Put Chihuly Collection at the Pier

Re: Chihuly Collection may be moved June 17

Art would be perfect at Pier

There can't be a better place for the Chihuly Collection to make its new home than the St. Petersburg Pier. I personally would like to see the Pier remain as it is.

It was a huge mistake to close the Pier when they did. It could still be open while deciding what should become of it. I have so many memories of watching the St. Pete skyline in the sunset from atop the Pier. There is nowhere else to get that splendid view.

How great it would be to see it reopened along with the Chihuly artwork. If it can't be maintained as it is, at least consider the Chihuly in the new plans — a perfect solution for its search for a new home.

Barbara Specht, St. Petersburg

Re: Greenlight buses tote opportunity editorial, June 27

A tax hike won't help most

While big business and developers will certainly benefit from Greenlight Pinellas, remember that our sales tax will rise to the highest in the state, at 8 percent. You tell me how poor and middle-class people who live paycheck to paycheck can afford more taxes for a multimillion-dollar project that won't benefit the majority of Pinellas County residents.

Trust me, when it comes to new, higher taxes, we the people (opponents of Greenlight) will speak loudly and clearly come referendum time. Also, residents will speak loudly and clearly on the marijuana debate.

So, the Times can print 10 to 12 articles a week telling us how it supports higher taxes, but printing letters like mine will show whether you let opponents get their opinions heard.

John Evans, St. Petersburg

Humanity at the diner

I met a friend for an early dinner at Trip's Diner, a longtime favorite of mine on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N in St. Petersburg. Both of us are nurses and were meeting to discuss faith community nursing in our church. As we were eating, a man a few tables away from us started to choke. The crash of a water glass got our attention, and we rushed over, calling out for someone to call 911.

My friend started doing the Heimlich maneuver, but her arms barely reached around this very tall man's waist. Many people stepped in to help, and a man who had been sitting at an outdoor table came in and offered his "much longer arms." The choking man started to lose consciousness, and three or four of us lowered him to the ground while attempts at the Heimlich were ongoing. The Heimlich was ultimately successful, and the frightened diner was able to breathe.

The whole restaurant broke into applause, people high-fived, and "God bless you" was said many times. EMS arrived, and people went back to their tables. The manager thanked each person individually, and, a few minutes later, our server removed our bill from the table. Very quietly, Trip's bought dinner for everyone who helped.

In these days of negativity and complaints, I thought people should know about this wonderful moment of strangers working together to help someone in need, and the heartfelt response of Trip's management and staff. I have always loved their food and service. Now I admire their humanity.

Colleen Betts, St. Petersburg


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