Coyotes get aggressive story, March 29
Act now to handle coyote problem
I am very concerned and troubled about the numerous coyote attacks and sightings. I live in East Lake Woodlands and this is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with immediately. There either needs to be educational meetings set up or information sent to all residents who live in East Lake.
Perhaps the East Lake Woodlands homeowners association does need to call in a trapper and catch these wild animals. What is actually being done by the association, board and authority in East Lake Woodlands? Are they going to wait until a child is attacked waiting for a school bus or walking to their home after school before serious action is taken to stop this or control it? These are wild animals and are getting very aggressive and action needs to be taken now.
Over a month ago, I lost my dog of more than 12 years from natural causes, but I am going to get a puppy in the next three or four months and hope this situation is handled by then.
There is only so much dog owners can do if these attacks happen as quickly as stated in your stories. I am so sad for the two owners who lost their loved pets and for the ones hurt.
Keep printing these stories and keep the residents of East Lake Woodlands informed and print more helpful actions residents can take.
The time for action is now. The attacks need to stop.
Gary J. Mahl, Oldsmar
Don't cut back on our county parks
When I first moved to Pinellas 30 years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the beautiful, clean parks. To this day, that is still true but in jeopardy with the proposed cutbacks for the county parks department.
I worked for the county for almost 13 years, and for the most part it is well run. Unfortunately, I saw a lot of duplication in areas like computer systems because some departments wanted to have their own system and run it their way. It may have improved since I retired a few years ago, but it wouldn't hurt to stand back and look at how to consolidate efforts and equipment, and that is for many areas.
Please don't take away from our parks, which have won accolades from all over.
Raymond Szynal, Palm Harbor