Monday, May 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas Your Say letters for Dec. 1

Biltmore rehab visions crumble | story, Nov. 17

Bidding adieu to a former 'queen'

Several years ago my brilliant, sophisticated niece spent a night or two at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel while she attended a conference, after which she visited with us.

After salutations she said, "What a charming old dump. It should be demolished." I agreed, but explained how it was once the beautiful "queen of the gulf," with fabulous service and dining, surrounded by an empty waterfront with a protecting island and boats for fishing, as well as a fabulous golf course for its guests, and even a rail spur to deliver them almost to the door.

Nothing stays the same and now she's walled in by fancy condos, with nothing much to offer but grand memories. Commercial avarice and time have rendered her ugly and obsolete. So long old girl, it was nice to know you, but a little sad too.

Bud Tritschler, Clearwater

A salute to efforts of Cypress Woods

For the fourth year now, we have been so proud of the staff and the teachers at Cypress Woods Elementary, where they teach their children, from pre-K to fifth grade, about what our troops and our veterans mean to the freedoms of America.

This past Veterans Day, I was so proud to be a part of their tribute to our veterans, as well as to those who still serve. Every branch of the services was honored.

When the program was almost completed, the teacher (Mrs. Tsetsekas) called the students to the platform and each one presented us with a box (68) of needed items to be sent to our fighting men and women for Christmas. Many of the students even wrote letters of encouragement to our soldiers.

We need more schools with such high standards. It was truly a labor of love, as we packed each and every box for our troops.

Frances Glaros-Sharp, Clearwater

Council hears beach battle, story | story, Nov. 24

A tough sell for this taxpayer

Why should the taxpayers pay to maintain Scott Suarez's back yard? Does Mr. Suarez roping off a section of Clearwater Beach mean that he is going pay the refurbishing price after storms?

This will save me on taxes and insurance.

May B. Hall, Tarpon Springs


Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Updated: 2 hours ago

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 ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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