Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

November Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the unresponsiveness of elected officials.Representatives aren’t listeningFor whom do our legislators work? I ask because my Florida senator doesn’t appear to work for me. I drove 27 miles on N...
Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29A courageous citizen’s actOn Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spo...
Published: 12/01/17

Saturday’s letters: Historic preservation process needs fixing

A preservation problem | Nov. 25, editorialApplication process needs fixingThere is a reason why smaller rather than larger groups of property owners are getting together to seek historic district designation: It is St. Petersburg’s application p...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/01/17