Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas Letters: Scientology, city relationship needs reciprocity

Future of downtown requires teamwork, Diane Steinle column, June 27

Revitalization, at what cost

You wrote an excellent, informative article on the latest analysis and advice by yet another group of experts to Clearwater officials and residents on the necessity of working with the Church of Scientology to insure progress in the successful growth of the city's downtown.

As a resident since 1967, I remember a vibrant Cleveland Street followed by a steady decline of businesses and the growth of empty storefronts, which was too sad. I agree with the expert panel from the Urban Land Institute that a relationship between the city and the church must come to fruition, but relationships are based on reciprocity. Without it, their suggestions are not going to have an environment conducive for revitalizing the area.

The experts had nothing to say about the gutted former 1100 Building on Cleveland Street or the lack of construction at the old bank building, which are both eyesores. Coachman Park and the waterfront would benefit from the razing of the Harborview Center on the north side of Cleveland Street. The giant condominium, Water's Edge, erected on the south side, and the bridge to Memorial Causeway block the view of the Intracoastal Waterway from the bluff at the western end of Cleveland Street.

For approximately 40 years, residents have watched the downtown disappear bit by bit. Agendas, plans and studies costing hundreds of thousands of dollars have not helped. How much more money will be added to this staggering sum?

Is a multimillion dollar aquarium the catalyst that will rejuvenate Clearwater or is it throwing good money after bad?

Patricia Bates Smith, Clearwater

Diversity builds strength

As our very small contingent of walkers from Unity of St. Petersburg rounded the corner from the staging area onto the St. Petersburg Pride parade route, I was immediately awed by the overwhelming show of support and love from the tens of thousands of people longing to be loved and accepted for who they are.

This has been the reason for our group's participation each year in the Pride Parade. We aren't trying to spread any religious doctrine or recruit people. We just want to share our love, support and acceptance of everyone no matter what our differences may be. The more we know about each other and the more we start understanding the beliefs and differences of each other, the stronger our communities will become.

I'm so proud of St. Petersburg for stepping forward and helping us spread the message that an open and diverse community is a healthy and stronger community. Good job St. Petersburg!

J. Larry McElveen, Safety Harbor

Library move opposed, story, June 27

Never too late to change

Interesting comment by the Clearwater mayor that it is too late (for residents to object to moving the Countryside Library, a decision the city made a year ago). Since when is preventing something costlier and unnecessary an action that is to be discounted?

The library really needs to stay where it is, and if more room is needed, use one of the conference rooms. It is a totally unnecessary move and not what many of us wanted. Where were we? Speaking out just as we are today.

Mrs. Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 8 hours ago

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...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

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