Saturday, March 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters: Tree destruction didn't have to happen

Call it not-so-Majestic Oaks | Story, Jan. 22

Tree destruction didn't have to happen

That is a perfect title for this article. How could a developer destroy over 400 trees and name his new subdivision Majestic Oaks? The only thing majestic about it is the profit going in their pockets.

I have been driving past this beautiful Clearwater horse farm for over 14 years; it was one of the first things that attracted me to this area when I purchased my home.

The day I drove by and saw this destruction, it brought tears to my eyes — here today, gone tomorrow. Matt Anderson of the city staff stated, "Unfortunately, to make this subdivision work, they had to remove trees." Then he went on to throw tree rating numbers around to somehow try to substantiate his poor decision to let this atrocity take place.

Mr. Anderson's decision has impacted more than he apparently knows and he should be replaced with someone who has the area's best interest in mind, not the developer's, whose only interest is their own pocket book.

Funny how Deeb Family Homes was not available for comment, as if it would matter now that they have made a war zone out of this once-beautiful area.

Shame on you, Mr. Anderson, and the city of Clearwater for letting this developer ruin our neighborhood!

Don Sutton, Clearwater

Pinellas likely to face $4M shortfall | story, Jan. 22

County must not lean on taxpayers

The article hints at the one solution elected officials have traditionally known how to resolve it with: Raise property taxes!

This kind of thinking needs to be changed. Just like the county, taxpayers don't have an unlimited source of revenue either.

At least one Pinellas County commissioner, Janet Long, got it right. We cannot continue to use county spending as an excuse to put the burden solely upon taxpayers.

Yes, costs continue to go up, and they affect all of us. But, as the rest of us learn to do more with less, the county also has a responsibility to strive to do the same. Closely review the budget and county spending to identify cost savings. Our county will only continue to improve and attract new businesses if we keep property taxes in check.

It would be nice for a change to read an article titled "Pinellas County to reduce property tax rate due to implementing efficiencies and reduced spending." All residents of Pinellas are counting on our county commissioners to find ways for the county to do more with less and we will all benefit.

Ken Gagliano, Clearwater

Headline hurt morale at school

"Tackling a regional problem, Pinellas moves to address shortage of good new teachers" would have been a much more appropriate headline for your Jan. 22 article instead of "Wanted: a crop of better teachers."

It wasn't understood unless you read the article, and that headline did not do much for morale at my school. Wish you'd show us more respect.

Virginia Oliva, Largo


Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18