Monday, June 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pinellas letters: Tampa Bay needs better bus service

Re: Highlight the north's Greenlight benefits Diane Steinle column, July 25

Transit plan gives residents freedom

There seems to be a misconception about Greenlight Pinellas: that the main or only component of the proposed plan is the state-of-the-art light rail system connecting downtown St. Petersburg to Clearwater. This has been especially problematic for North Pinellas residents, who, as stated in Steinle's recent article, feel the plan has no value for them.

As an avid bus rider and a former resident of a state with exceptional public transportation, I am positive that Greenlight Pinellas holds supreme value, not only for all Pinellas residents, but for the entire state of Florida.

It is imperative that we bring Tampa Bay into the modern world with public transit. Extending bus services across the county, bringing hybrid buses into circulation and providing Wi-Fi to incentivize commuters to use transit are just three beneficial aspects of Greenlight.

As a daily bus rider, I know the current plan is unreliable and bare-bones. There have been multiple instances where I have missed a bus by one minute and been an hour late to work or class as a result.

Greenlight Pinellas isn't about just light rail. Greenlight Pinellas is about giving residents the freedom to choose — the freedom to choose to cut our carbon emissions in half, to boost our local economies, to generate jobs and take care of our senior citizens, our college students and our residents who either decide to not have a vehicle or who cannot afford one.

I urge Pinellas residents to learn more about the plan and more importantly, to vote Yes on Greenlight this November so we all have the freedom to choose.

MacKenzie Avallone, St. Petersburg

Candidate signs have a lot to say

We are now at the time when political signs are showing up in abundance. There are rules and regulations that should be followed by all of our political candidates. I realize that these signs are a necessity to get name recognition out to the public, (but) after traveling around our Pinellas County Commission district, there seems to be an abundance of signs that are in places they should not be.

Political candidates must realize that there are rules that should be followed by every candidate concerning sign placement. Their judgment flows downhill to their sign committees.

It seems that a few candidates either don't know the rules or think they are above them. Is this mind-set a cause for concern for our voters? Is this approach showing an ethical trait or is it that they just don't care to follow the rules? These are the candidates who wish to run our county.

Tony Scruton, Dunedin

Political signs illegal and ugly

We have laws to be obeyed. There are to be "no political signs on the right of way."

However, Clearwater, East Lake, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and the county have decided that these laws do not have to be obeyed. Nor are the violators to be fined. So Pinellas County looks like a junkyard.

Just count the signs on McMullen-Booth Road, State Road 580, Tampa Road and East Lake Road. It would be a full-time job for someone to remove all the signs, and we still have three weeks to go before the election.

This shows one just how much respect the politicians have for the voters. We should all vote against anyone who violated the law.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

Dog owners need to clean up mess

Dunedin has made Weaver Park a great asset to our community. But some of you people who have dogs have no respect at all for the park.

I went out on the pier and right smack in the middle was a mess of dog poo. As the sign reads, "NO DOGS ALLOWED" on the pier. Don't tell me you people can't read.

I've been on the pier when people have had dogs with them and I always keep my mouth shut in order to not cause trouble. You may think it's cute to take your dog out on the pier, but actually, I think it's disgusting. Keep your dogs off the pier.

The Pinellas Trail is another area where you don't pick up your dog poo. Come on, dog lovers, get with it!

Rich Severns, Dunedin


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18