Sunday, May 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters: With budget surplus, can county fix road now?

Fix roads with budget surplus

I read in the Times that Pinellas County has a surplus in the budget. Maybe now, after almost eight years of pleading and letter writing and going to meetings, we can finally get our street flooding problem taken care of.

We have been jerked around so many times, promised we were on the docket only to be told time and time again that the money was used elsewhere. Now once again, after numerous calls and emails, we are on the agenda. One lame excuse after another.

The road is so bad it is caving in at places and we have potholes and eroded spots that hold the rainwater for days afterward — a health hazard with all these mosquitoes and the many diseases they carry.

Marianne Gaeta, Palm Harbor

Pranksters need to respect police

I think it's a crying shame that a prankster on Clearwater Beach gets the glory and the police officer just doing her job gets the reprimand. The boys knew exactly what they were doing and walked away all smiles. Yes, the officer could have had better language, but I'm sure we all would have used strong words in that situation.

This is what is wrong with our system today. Those boys should have been given a citation. We all need to have more respect for our police officers. Their lives are on the line every day and we should not be playing jokes on them.

Gerri Jaeger, Clearwater

Don't sell land for quick profit

In addition to my addiction to reading the Tampa Bay Times each morning, I sometimes read articles in smaller newspapers. A letter to the editor I recently read while scanning the East Lake/Oldsmar Beacon made a huge impact. The article was written by Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni from Treasure Island, who I do not know. But I believe his letter should have been front page news in large print in the Times.

In simple language he reminded the reader of important facts regarding the county's 1976 purchase of the Cross Bar land and the Al Bar land purchase in 1990. These properties are in Pasco County.

The reason these vital lands were purchased was to ensure Pinellas County "would always and forever have an independent source of drinking water" since the properties sit on the Floridan aquifer.

It appears it was suggested by some to sell the property for a "one-time injection of cash" into the Pinellas County general fund.

Our taxpayers in Pinellas County are the rightful owners of these lands, and their voices need to be loud and clear. One-time fixes to increase our county's budget is a poor business plan. The individuals who came up with the idea to sell this property need to look elsewhere for cash.

Michele Shriver, Palm Harbor


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