Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Think before you cut trees, TECO

Utility levels park trees | June 3

Think before you cut trees, TECO

As a longtime visitor to Al Lopez Park, I am devastated by the damage done to the park by Tampa Electric because of "standards" set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

According to the article in the Times, "From Hillsborough Avenue south to W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, oaks, palms and other varieties have been cut off a few inches above ground. The smallest had trunks a little bigger than the fat end of a baseball bat. But more than a few were decades old and much more grand."

Instead of rushing to clear-cut trees with what I consider ridiculously insufficient notice to the public, why not challenge the standards?

TECO could have gained some goodwill with the public by at least providing a facade of concern for saving the trees.

Also, who made the decision to run these massive power lines through the park in the first place? Is there never any foresight in Tampa? They should have been placed (or maybe moved) to the other side of the park, along Dale Mabry Highway, which has no large trees and is ugly already.

Cheryl Borman, Tampa

Bayshore's last days | June 5

Collaborate to offer parking

Bayshore Boulevard is the most visited park in Tampa. Now we learn that the only public parking lot on the Bayshore will be closing immediately.

I propose that the City of Tampa work with area businesses and entities with parking lots to work out a system where visitors to Bayshore could use their lots. There could even be a fee system for regular visitors. The money raised from the fee could be split between the institutions and the city. Easily identifiable and changeable signs in each of the parking lots could indicate when they are available.

City and county taxes go toward the upkeep of Bayshore.

Speaking as a resident of Bayshore Gardens, I say it would be a shame if only those who live nearby are able to enjoy it.

Elizabeth Corwin, Tampa

City focuses on Bro Bowl replica | May 25

Agreement needs to move forward

As an avid skateboarder in my younger days, traversing the gritty streets of Tampa was an exhilarating experience. The on-going battle between diehard skateboarding enthusiasts and the City of Tampa over replacing the skate park at Tampa's Perry Harvey Sr. Park must come to a resolution.

With four positive options offered by the city to resolve the lengthy struggle, and jump start the Encore project, one needs to be chosen so the beautification of a former blighted, yet historic area of downtown Tampa can finally begin to blossom.

Mike Merino, Tampa

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Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Published: 05/21/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18