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Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas Your Say letters for Dec. 11

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I have lived in the Clearwater area for about 50 years, and I used to drive to downtown Clearwater all the time: Publix at Cleveland Shopping Center, Maas Bros., Rophie's Shoe Store, Rutland's, John Baldwin, Pat Lokey, Colonial Bakery and Trickels Jewelry Store. They are all gone except Trickels.

Now, Clearwater has designed the downtown to become an obstacle course for traffic. The city has done everything possible to discourage shoppers.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, I decided to venture back to downtown Clearwater, taking Cleveland Street through the Skycrest area from Belcher Road to Missouri Avenue. Wow, Clearwater has filled the road with pre-shrunk "middy" roundabouts! They are supposed to "calm the traffic." Well, they certainly work, because I did not see another car on the road. Apparently, the people who know about the roundabouts avoid the area completely.

From Missouri to Myrtle, Cleveland Street is narrow due to "islands" planted in the middle. Nothing to encourage the shoppers.

Then, I made a big mistake. I turned south on Ft. Harrison Avenue and tried to get past the Scientologist buildings. Something needs to be done by the Clearwater police to time the lights or re-route everyone away from Ft. Harrison. We had to wait for light changes several times before we could move because a van wanted to come out of one of the buildings.

Maybe a sign could be put up warning the drivers like they do with deer and bear signs.

Needless to say, I will not be returning to Clearwater. There is nothing there for me.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

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I live in Holiday and frequently visit the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. This week I had friends from Canada and Greece visit me and we were going to spend the day on Dodecanese Boulevard as we usually do when they visit.

What a shock we were in for! We thought the place closed up! But further investigation showed us different. Oh, my, my, my. So sad. Where did everything go?

Whatever happened to the sidewalk appeal? We couldn't figure out what anyone is selling anymore. One big blur of storefronts. We had to glance in every store and what a chore it was. We are no longer teenagers and we can only take so many steps, you know. We can't enter all the stores.

We certainly did not feel welcome. All the charm is gone. We didn't even stay for lunch! So sad.

Who did this?

Barbara Hummel, Holiday

Bidding adieu to a former 'queen' | letter, Dec. 1.

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So this is how you treat a former queen. Off with her head! Just throw her away like a used paper towel after she's outlived her usefulness.

She could have had a face lift, as many belles do. But instead of renovating the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel, folks have chosen to dump her. Just kill her off. What a shame.

My hunch is that some insurance companies would prefer to treat humans in the same manner. After all, it costs a lot of money to keep seniors alive, especially when all their original parts (organs) begin to wear out.

It's the end of an era as the Biltmore meets the Grim Reaper. Ah yes, it was great fun, but it was just one of those things.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater


Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18