Friday, January 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters: Gus Bilirakis' ouster an example of Washington dysfunction

Bilirakis loses leadership post over flood vote story, Feb. 21

An example of D.C. dysfunction

Recently I attended a town hall meeting at the New Port Richey City Hall sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis concerning the devastating effects the Biggert-Waters bill has had on waterfront and nonwaterfront property owners.

Congressman Bilirakis seemed genuinely concerned over the consequences of the act and equally determined to seek a solution to the problem. He expressed an openness to explore all avenues that would "make whole" those whose lives have been thrown into turmoil. That included looking at all plans, Republican or Democrat.

According to the Tampa Bay Times article, he voted his conscience and supported the Democrat-sponsored bill that would have provided relief for a significant period of time.

Unfortunately, this did not sit well with the Republican leadership, who promptly relieved him of his duties with the majority whip team.

This is a prime example of why Washington politics is so dysfunctional. Here is a good man who dared to have an independent thought that would benefit his constituency and he's punished by his own party.

Personally, I don't want any of my senators or representatives to be chastised by their party leadership for attempting to find viable remedies from any side of the aisle.

Strong-arm politics can destroy constructive thinking. No wonder we have such a train wreck running this country.

Patrick and Debbie Garrigan, Tarpon Springs

A change of heart with donation

I am a homeowner in Safety Harbor. I am responding to the Feb. 26 article, Incumbent Safety Harbor mayor has raised the most campaign funds.

I feel compelled to defend my withdrawal of a $500 donation to the Nancy Besore campaign, which she quoted in the article as "sleazy."

I made a good-faith donation to the campaign, and when the event I intended it to fund was canceled, it raised a red flag to me. A candidate has a responsibility to run a well-planned, smart, thoughtful campaign.

After careful consideration, I redirected my contribution to another candidate.

This election is critically important, as we are at the crossroads to lose our town as we know it. We used to hear Safety Harbor had the feel of "Old Florida." I am deeply saddened as I witness the ongoing elimination of our majestic oaks in the name of progress. If we continue on the path we are on, we will lose the charm and character of our town.

I am supporting the mayoral leadership that will balance thoughtful, responsible growth with careful preservation of our small-town atmosphere and quaint character.

Steve Steinberg, Safety Harbor

Three Lokey Motors dealerships, 27758 U.S. 19 N.

Why does dealer block the road?

When he has cars to send to an auto auction or elsewhere, he stages them on a lot behind the Rooms To Go store next to his dealership.

Then the large auto-hauler trucks block one lane of Evans Road to load the autos. This gets pretty noisy at the different hours of the day, night and early morning for the residents of Belle Haven Motor Home Park along Evans Road.

With all of the room that Lokey's has with three dealerships and a road in front, why does Lokey's have to block a lane of Evans Road a block away?

Tony Bonati, Clearwater


Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18