Tuesday, February 20, 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


Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

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