Sunday, February 18, 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


Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Let’s make America good again

Everyone loves a parade | Feb. 9, editorialI’ll sit on the sidelinesAs a 30-year veteran I was appalled at the president’s plan for a military parade. Having marched in numerous parades in my career I can say without hesitation that members of th...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18