Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters: North Greenwood residents have reason to be proud

Tug-of-war ensues over King's name | story, Aug. 4

Don't lose heart, North Greenwood

As the days and years have gone by, North Greenwood residents, you have a lot to be proud of. So keep your chins up and a positive outlook!

Through a very broad partnership approach and collective efforts, the North Greenwood community has come a long way. Thanks to the city of Clearwater, Pinellas County, and the lending and business community for all of their partnership support.

Readers, just take a look inside the community and see the impact of all of the efforts made by the community working along with the outside supporters for internal change. You will see a lot of beautiful homes built, many houses rehabilitated, apartments renovated, state-of-the art library, the Recreation and Aquatic Center, new park, improved parks, infrastructure improvements, etc.

It has been proven that the residents can work together to accomplish important goals that serve as a direct benefit to the immediate North Greenwood neighborhood, which also benefit our city as a whole. The community is not to lose sight of the strong values and assets in this community and not let any forces divide its internal efforts.

North Greenwood community, I challenge us to keep our positive momentum, for it continues to aid the community in its effort toward true neighborhood revitalization and becoming a stronger and healthier community.

Look at the bigger picture! This community is not unlike other neighborhoods. I do not know of any one community that has 100 percent support from all residents on all given issues. Therefore, it is important that we do not let a small issue divide and conquer the many positive efforts that are under way to help the community overall.

We know the community is moving forward and not backward. Stay focused!

Isay M. Gulley, Clearwater

EMS won't see sizable changes | story, Aug. 4

Commissioners have heads in sand

The Pinellas County commissioners are again sticking their heads in the sand after wasting another $300K of our taxpayer dollars. They are now taking the only proposal that would really save money off the table!

The proposal of having the fire departments transport patients to the hospitals instead of a private for-profit ambulance service is coming off the table. We should all be asking why.

If you really believe the Fitch Study that says it would be too "work intensive" and would cost too much to add the necessary personnel, then you need to stick your head in the sand right next to the rest of the commissioners.

Excuse me, but are the fire departments not responding to those calls now with engines, ladder trucks and squad trucks? Is the Fitch Study possibly talking about the effort it takes to put the patient into the ambulance on a motorized stretcher that requires no lifting? As for additional manpower, that is just a joke! We currently send a minimum of five EMS personnel to every call in the county and sometimes more, so why would we need more personnel?

An earlier article stated that there were three fire departments that in fact transported all of their patients to the hospital for over 10 years. Why was that not too "work intensive" then and it is too "work intensive" now?

Pinellas County fire departments work a 24-hour shift with 48 hours off. All of the county's 18 fire departments are already operating at the minimum manpower required for fires and non-EMS calls. Yes, although fires and other non-EMS emergencies only account for about 18 percent of the calls answered by the 18 departments, you still need the manpower when they occur.

If you follow the Fitch Study and "limit the number of hours some firefighters work," the departments are still going to be required to cover those hours with overtime. It may cost the county less in its EMS budget; however, it will cost the cities more. So up go the city taxes and again the taxpayers lose! You cannot just send those firefighters home and not cover their positions. There are nationally accepted safety standards required for minimum manpower for fires and non-EMS calls.

There are already 30+ fire department rescue vehicles that with some minor modifications have the ability and can be licensed to transport.

Clifford Lucido, Oldsmar

Motorists rejoice: New Keystone Road is wide and open | story, Aug. 7

Intersection still needs some work

The article says "For the first time in years, it's a smooth drive past the churches, small businesses and green pastures along Keystone Road."

Well, if you are at the intersection of Keystone and McMullen-Booth at 5:30 on a weekday you might not think so. The turn lane on Keystone at this intersection when turning south onto McMullen-Booth Road is about one-third the length it should be and gets easily backed up.

Pinellas should have bitten the bullet and built an overpass at this busy intersection, but it appears North Pinellas only gets overpasses on U.S. 19.

Scott McKown, Palm Harbor

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

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18

Sunday’s letters: Social media’s risk to children

Vlogger apologizes for sharing suicide video | Jan. 3Social media’s risk to childrenThe recent story about vlogger Logan Paul apologizing for his video on YouTube of a body hanging in a suicide forest in Japan has me deeply concerned. As a fifth-...
Published: 01/06/18

Monday’s letters: On energy, nation should look forward, not backward

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Don’t go backward on U.S. energyThinking the threat of oil drilling off our beautiful coasts was off the table, again it raises its ugly head.Interestingly, from 2005-15 the U.S. reliance on petroleum imports fell f...
Published: 01/05/18