Tuesday, April 24, 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

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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...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18