Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: St. Petersburg police, schools should work together

Re: Search for new St. Petersburg police chief

Schools, police should unify

Enough! I just watched the second episode of Chicagoland on CNN. In the most crime-ridden areas of Chicago, the police rank and staff work with community leaders, including school principals, to reduce violence and make for an environment that is safe for children to attend local schools. In a union-prone town, they decided to all work together.

Why can't St. Petersburg do the same? Police chiefs and school superintendents have to work hand in hand. Police rank and staff need to be included in school activities, inside and outside the campus. Police, attend prom night, even in high crime neighborhoods! Make the passage of life as high school student and graduation a normal part of life. School personnel, clue police in on at-risk students! You have to take part in the community, too.

Maybe the search for a new police chief should not be bogged down by black versus white personnel and union indignations. Maybe St. Petersburg needs a new police chief from a big city that is willing to overlook these slights. Make it about a better city.

Julie Watts, St. Petersburg

Re: The folly of calling Jolly's win a mandate, Daniel Ruth column, March 16

He won, period

Mr. Ruth's downplaying of the David Jolly victory sounds like sour grapes to me. Alex Sink has sunk and Jolly is the choice made by the voters, no matter the math.

The Affordable Care Act, once proudly known as Obamacare, has been amended, by executive privilege, so often that it no longer resembles what Nancy Pelosi once wanted Congress to pass so that we could find out what was in it. The president has, with his trusty pen, provided so many loopholes that the individual mandate is no longer in effect.

Incumbent Democrats are shying away from their leader because of his doomed master plan. I am waiting for the other shoe to fall, the one that will provide a bailout for the insurance companies at taxpayer costs.

Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole

Adds up to mandate

Daniel Ruth's candidate, Alex Sink, was supposed to win. Ruth forgets to mention the Libertarian candidate, Lucas Overby, who received almost 9,000 votes. He was in the race to draw off Republican votes. The Democrats wanted to ensure that their candidate won. Add the two vote totals together and we have a mandate. The liberals will try their best spin to convince the voters Jolly had no mandate, but facts don't lie. This writer is firmly convinced that the Democrats persuaded the Libertarian candidate to run, possibly financing some or all of his campaign.

Robert Noonan, Clearwater

Hollow victories

It is important to note that David Jolly's margin (approximately 3,500 votes) is less than the number of voters who were gerrymandered out of District 13 during the 2012 redistricting, which continued the Republicans' practice — despite our constitutional amendment — of gouging chunks out of progressive parts of Pinellas and tacking them on to Tampa's District 14, across the bay. Each election in decades, including this one, has seen the winner represent less and less of Pinellas County.

Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg

Re: New St. Petersburg pier

Three necessities

This is not hard. This is even better than a no-brainer. You don't need a study group, a lot of surveys, or a panel of expensive consultants. This is just common sense. What do you need to draw people to a destination like the pier? Three drivers: A view, food and drink, and entertainment. And shopping, you say? Nah, that's wasted space. You can do that on the mainland.

Let's take them one at a time. To get a good view you need something at least three or four stories tall. You can then see the beauty of the bay, watch the planes from Albert Whitted, etc. In order to provide good food and drink you need a variety, not just two or three restaurants. Entertainment must be varied and constant — a variety of live music, kids stuff and so on. If one of the three drivers is missing, the result will be failure.

Even if you satisfy the three main drivers to attract the people, the destination will fail if there is not easy access and parking for autos and docking for boats.

The local population will be a significant part of keeping the destination afloat. It must be a place that locals will want to visit many times, not just once in a while or when they have friends visit from out of state.

The pier venue must be self-sustaining. Let's not make the same mistakes again.

Mike Sagese, St. Petersburg


Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Updated: 12 minutes ago

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18