Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters: Among those serving the homeless, Clearwater's HEP stands out

Homeless funding too fickle story, June 24

Clearwater's HEP stands out

Kudos to state Sen. Jack Latvala for his efforts to identify funding for homeless needs throughout Pinellas County. This commitment is particularly notable in light of the severity of the problem and the relative impact it has on the men, women and children affected as well as its reflection on our communities.

As reported by Times staff writer Anna Phillips, the need for funding services for the homeless spreads across counties throughout the state and for the most part, services are very scarce and vary greatly. Many different agencies and charitable organizations work tirelessly to tackle the problem.

A shining star in the consortium of organizations serving the homeless is the Homeless Emergency Project, or HEP, in Clearwater.

This 400-bed facility provides a three-tier continuum of care consisting of emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing, and is the only homeless facility in Pinellas that also serves children and families.

The newest addition to HEP's campus includes a dedicated housing complex for veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The numbers and operating statistics are outstanding: 1,700 clients served in the past year, more than 100,000 meals served, $500,000 of volunteer dental clinic procedures provided, and 87 percent of clients successfully transitioned out of homelessness.

As a nonprofit, 501c(3) organization, HEP has earned a Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating for its quality outcomes, organizational transparency and the fact that 88 percent of its fundraising goes directly to programs and services supporting the homeless.

David W. Dunbar, HEP board member, Palm Harbor

Shelter clients scatter after ministry's eviction | story, July 21

Use foreign aid to help our homeless

Why is it that our government feels justified to give away billions of dollars each year to nations abroad for humanitarian assistance, when our own streets are rife with homelessness?

Until each and every homeless person in these United States is provided for, with food to eat, a roof over their head and a bed to sleep in, no money should leave this country.

Folks like Pastor Jeffrey Polhill of Touched by an Angel, who is swindling the poor by charging them as much as $112 a week to sleep in filth, need to be put out of business.

The billions of dollars sent abroad should instead be divided among the states to provide for our own. It's the same old, same old: The shoemaker's children still have no shoes.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

New Countryside branch library

Save a bunch by saving old library

The existing Countryside Library in Clearwater seems to be just fine as it is, and though it has not been maintained as well as it should have been, can be tweaked here and there and save a bunch of money. Why are we thinking, in these austere times, like the throw-away culture?

Mrs. Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18