Monday, February 19, 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


Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18