Re: Speak up on mass transit editorial, April 29
Monorail is smart, but light rail is not
The light rail system being proposed is a waste of money.
I don't see any good point that I would give up my car for. It's not faster, it is not more convenient. Taking one lane for the empty buses will make traffic worse. Most of the time there are fewer than five passengers on the buses I see.
The buses get you to a neighborhood, not necessarily to your destination. The light rail cars have to stop at all crossings, or the other traffic has to stop. How does that help congestion?
Our county is not laid out for an efficient bus system. There are very few big destinations. Buses will not help get cars off the road if people won't use them.
A monorail system could be built above the Pinellas Trail — with stations plus or minus 5 miles apart with minivans at each station that would come to your home with a phone call and pick you up, and another at your destination if needed.
The monorail could go plus or minus 70 miles per hour. If there were no passengers at a station it would not stop. This would take cars off the road. People would use it.
If I could get to St. Petersburg or the airport in less time than driving, and not have to park my car, it would be foolish not to use it.
But to spend a fortune on a 100-year-old system that very few people would use is a waste of tax payer money.
Edwin K. Sabala, Belleair
Re: Mysterious orange muralists come clean story, April 22
Graffiti is illegal, so treat it as such
I cannot believe the issue of graffiti is being treated so lightly. This is clearly sending mixed messages to children, especially teens. If this was a kid with a can of spray paint, it wouldn't be handled this way.
This was a way for the artists to drum up some free publicity. Shame on the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce also for encouraging the artists and patting them on the back for an illegal act!
J. Chylinski, Palm Harbor
Brooker preserve, not industrial park
It's a no-brainer: We have got to have five-story industrial buildings inside the Brooker Creek Preserve! The people of Pinellas County have been pouring their hearts out to the County Commission demanding that we build, right?
I don't think so. Where, then, does the County Commission come up with these must-have projects? What will these buildings cost? Who's going to pay for them? And what is the measurable benefit to the citizens of Pinellas County to have industrial buildings inside our nature park?
You know those public schools we closed for lack of money? Let's use them for utility buildings and keep Brooker Creek the preserve it is supposed to be.
Dave Plyer, Clearwater