Re: Nielsen sheds 57 positions | Nov. 20 story
Nielsen Co. isn't good for Oldsmar
Although Nielsen shedding jobs is nothing new after watching them bring in people from India to take away our citizens' jobs for the last three or four years, I'm appalled at Oldsmar Vice Mayor Jerry Beverland's comment: "There's another way to look at the Nielsen Co. They're still here. Hallelujah."
So what? They are a leech on the people of Oldsmar. Are we to assume that any business is good for Oldsmar? Never mind that they have done nothing for the people of Oldsmar but kick them to the curb. And this is at a time when unemployment is at an all-time high. His remarks are of a typical chamber of commerce Republican who has no feeling for the little people. He has cared only about the business community of Oldsmar for years. He has turned Oldsmar into another city like Tampa and he's taken away the nice small town I came to love.
I'd like to see someone on the City Council stand up for the citizens for once and quit sucking up to big businesses like Nielsen. Reading about all the problems Nielsen has had has brought cheer to my heart. Just goes to show we Americans can still do it better than outsiders any day of the week.
Robert Murray, Oldsmar
$5 parking fee helps good causes
Each year, Dunedin North Rotary helps the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin with Art Harvest by overseeing the paid parking at Dunedin's Highlander Park lot. In exchange, our club gets a portion of the parking fees collected.
When I walked home after my Saturday morning shift, I noticed a woman sitting on a cable box near our development's entrance. After I greeted her, she asked about Art Harvest, then complained about the $5 parking fee; she had parked at the high school several blocks away to avoid the extra expense.
Apparently, she was not the only one who thought the fee excessive or even warranted. Those in our club who collected parking fees heard quite a few complaints during the two-day event.
I know that most people's budgets are stretched thin, but please remember that the money raised by reputable civic organizations, such as Rotary, is not spent to enrich the organizations and members. Instead, the money raised provides needed funds to many community non-profits that help both young and old; provides scholarships for local camps, colleges and technical schools; pays for literacy programs, books and supplies at area schools; and funds health, humanity and hunger programs in our country and throughout the world.
When you realize all the good that is done with the money raised, $5 per car seems very little to pay to give hope and help to those who have little or nothing.
Sherrie Davis Kinkead, Dunedin