Sunday, May 20, 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


Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18