Saturday, December 16, 2017
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters for Nov. 6

Scientology bullies Clearwater

The city of Clearwater and its planning department are a joke!

The "church" cut down two oak trees. Oak trees grow very slowly and were each probably 50 years old. And the church was fined only $2,000.

And if the obnoxious sign (on Scientology's tent) is not removed, they'll be fined $250 a day. What a joke! Why take it down when it's easier to pay fines and have things the way the "church" wants them?

For removing the trees, perhaps a fine and community service for "church" leaders!

I have a question. What other organizations have defied the city's ordinances?

The "church" thinks it owns Clearwater and can do anything it wants to. In life we call this "bullying." So Clearwater citizens, what do you think?

Sue Brewster, Clearwater

Parishioners on hook for 'Vatican'

If you build it they will come. That worked for Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams. However, it doesn't seem to work for Scientology.

They built this multimillion dollar monstrosity, then ordered 10,000 victims to come and celebrate its opening. Apparently the "parishioners" have had their pockets fleeced enough and are not in a celebratory mood.

Perhaps "asking" 10,000 victims is a bit of a reach since there are only 50,000 or so worldwide. Well, I hope the cult can sell enough auditing time and books to pay for the upkeep on their "Vatican."

David Rodman, Dunedin

Repaved Pinellas Trail a delight

As an avid bicyclist, I would like to compliment Pinellas County regarding maintenance and capital improvements to the Pinellas Trail. In particular, the recent repaving of the trail from Palm Harbor into Dunedin was done very well.

The county and its paving contractor deserve kudos for the quality of the work. The seamless and smooth transitions between the trail and road intersections are excellent.

It is a delight to ride on this section of the trail. On older sections of the trail, it feels like my tooth fillings are being shaken loose.

Emergency markers along the trail are a thoughtful addition and will help injured trail participants receive timely medical attention.

Thanks to (former county administrator) Fred Marquis' vision, we have a wonderful asset in our county, and I look forward to the completion of the eastern loop of the trail.

Tom Yacko, Palm Harbor

Halloween a joy to celebrate

Halloween night was once again a resounding success in the Northwood Estates neighborhood of Countryside, where many homes were colorfully lit up with orange lights.

Celebrants ranged in age from a 2-year-old baby in his mom's arms to me at 86-plus years sitting in my driveway distributing candy. I was costumed as an aged Indiana Jones complete with brown fedora, brown leather jacket and boots, whip, etc. The younger people didn't know who I was supposed to be, but the subteens and older all recognized Indiana Jones.

Weather was perfect and enthusiasm ran high. From 6 to 9 p.m., I passed out over 300 small candy bars and 100 Tootsie Roll pops to a wide variety of trick-or-treaters in attractive and original attires. Among others, there were tiny princesses, small ninjas, young monsters and beautiful teenage girls in eye-catching outfits.

The politeness of the young people was impressive. All remembered to say "thank you," and some even did so a second time! My visitors included several dogs in costume, and since I had dog biscuits for them, I received some appreciative doggie kisses.

Overall, the best of Halloween spirit prevailed, and I was once again very pleased that we Americans know how to enjoy life.

Bill Schwob, Clearwater


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17