Thursday, April 19, 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


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 ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18