Sunday, February 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters for March 2

Editor's note: Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers submitted the following letter for publication after announcing that he would resign his post before the end of his term to run for the Pinellas County Commission.

Mayor: Thanks for your support

Dear Dunedin Residents,

I am writing you directly to let you know of my decision to run for Pinellas County Commission, Seat 4. As a result of this decision, I will be stepping down as your mayor effective Election Day, Nov. 4th.

I can't thank you enough for entrusting me to be your representative, first as a city commissioner and for the last five years as your mayor. It has been both an honor and privilege to serve you. I have enjoyed every single day and have always done my best to represent all the residents of Dunedin.

My desire to continue to serve you and Pinellas County is strong, and the timing seems right for me to tell our story to a larger audience. The decision to step down as your mayor was a difficult one, and I ask for your understanding and blessing as I take this next step in my life.

Be assured that I will continue to represent you as mayor to the very best of my ability the next eight months. On Nov. 4th, you will be asked to vote for new Dunedin City Commission and mayor seats. As always, I trust you will make the best and most informed decision for the betterment of Dunedin.

Again, thank you for your support over the years. I wish for you and your families a healthy and wonderful 2014.

Dave Eggers, mayor of Dunedin


Monday’s letters:

Trump’s ideas: Raise age limit, arm some teachers | Feb. 23The myth of the ‘good guy’ tacticOnce again we hear the same statement made by the head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, that has been made by President Donald Trump as well as numerous conser...
Published: 02/25/18

Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

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