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