Saturday, February 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Money would be better spent on Clearwater park toilets

Neighbors long for park toilets | story, Nov. 29

Money better spent on toilets

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos wants to redesign Crest Lake Park to look like Largo Central Park? Where does that fit into a budget he says won't even cover maintaining the park's toilets?

Besides, nobody is asking for a redesigned park. People would simply like the city to reopen the Crest Lake Park bathrooms for the convenience of everyone (homeless included) who visits and enjoys the park.

Aileen Shoaff, Clearwater

Driver's license difficult to obtain

As a United States citizen I am very concerned and disappointed that I cannot renew my driver's license, which expires in late December, at a local office.

To justify that I am an American citizen, I took to the Tax Collector office on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard six documents with my name on them: Form SSA-l099, my 2011 W-2, Notification of Birth Registration from the United States of America, a marriage record from 1959 filed in the Court of Pennsylvania, a Social Security card with my name and numbers, and a passport that expired in 2005 with my picture.

None of these were accepted to renew my license. Why?

I had to contact Pittsburgh to get a copy of my birth certificate. Since they don't accept credit cards, I had to go online and spent 20 minutes typing answers to questions.

Hopefully, I will receive my birth certificate copy before my license expires.

Carol Szazynski, Clearwater

Salon doesn't massage message | story, Nov. 30

Not-Scientologist sign appreciated

This is a copy of the email I sent to the Berry Beautiful Salon and Spa, in response to your Nov. 30 article:

"I very much applaud you for your not-Scientologist sign, which I read about today in the Tampa Bay Times.

"I have actually been a Scientologist for over 40 years. …

"It's not that the information that the original subject provides is bad, it's that the present management has corrupted it totally. I am now out of the corporate organization completely.

"The good, helpful information from Scientology is completely available outside the corporate structure, if one wants to look into it. Just search for independent Scientologists.

"Again, plaudits to you for your stance. Your instincts and information are correct, and you are doing a good thing by posting a sign that will draw in more business for you."

Jackie Johnson, Clearwater

4-Hearts story stirs generosity

We would like to thank the Tampa Bay Times for correspondent Elaine Markowitz's story, 4-Hearts for the less fortunate, Nov. 25.

The article about 4-Hearts' activities around town, assisting local charities, families, children and our military, was heard loud and clear. Since the story ran, the 4-Hearts have received an overwhelming number of calls from Tampa Bay Times readers who were inspired to give.

An 89-year-old woman from Tarpon Springs said, "I want to help. I don't get out much, and I don't drive, but I want to help in some way."

Another caller said her husband had been saving his change for years, but now wanted to donate it.

A veteran on her way to Afghanistan wanted to donate clothes, bedding and blankets to one of the charities mentioned in the article.

A gentleman caller said he donates to charity every year rather than give gifts to his grown children. He now wants 4-Hearts to be his "family charity." A local Book Club group moved by your article wants to make a charitable contribution.

Some of your readers donated money. Some donated their time. Some donated their goods. But all were inspired.

Thank you, Tampa Bay Times and correspondent Elaine Markowitz, for your interest and support.

Rose Chervitz, Palm Harbor


Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

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...
Published: 02/19/18

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