Friday, May 25, 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


Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

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Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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