The attitudes of our City Council members regarding their participation in this program are quite disappointing, if not maddening. While I applaud those who recycle by other means, I have to question whether they are recycling as much as they could and should. Once that bin is readily available within your home, I suggest (as has happened to us), you'll have heightened awareness of just how many recyclables you are throwing out and consequently do a better job of collecting/recycling. And seriously, is the cost of the curbside service, at $2.75 per month, so great that it's "not worth it" to you? Aren't the concepts of setting an example and the greater good basics in Public Servant 101? It certainly makes me wonder about how these folks evaluate and decide upon the really big ticket items affecting our city.
Joan Kilpatrick, St. Petersburg
A better container?
We signed up for recycling as soon as it started; we have found it much easier than having to take it to a dropoff. However, it is hard to store it in the garage during the week, very awkward and sometimes heavy for senior citizens to carry to the curb. One container is not enough for most families and it looks horrible at the curb. My suggestion is that we have a regular container but smaller; this way it could be kept outside during the week, covered and would be easy to wheel it to the curb. I do understand that this would be more costly for the city but I do believe that some people would be willing to pay a few dollars more for the container as most people would like to help the environment for future generations. Hopefully, this would be more appealing and a larger majority would sign up.
Bonnie Q. Atkins, St. Petersburg
It's no surprise that some City Council representatives, including the chairperson, are not on board with the city curbside recycling program. Considering that (Leslie) Curran, (Bill) Dudley, (Jeff) Danner and (Karl) Nurse are all part of the effort to funnel the money originally set up to serve a large area of downtown that includes the Trop, to tear down a perfectly good Pier building. These reps are "following suit" of less-than-stellar environmental stewardship of our city.
Jeannie Cline, St. Petersburg
WSI not much help
I find it rather bemusing that WSI is complaining of lack of participation in their recycling program. I tried to sign up for the service, but they could not find my address in the system. When I told them I didn't live on a main road and used a Dumpster, I was told I couldn't sign up for the service. When I pressed them further, I was transferred to a supervisor and left a message. Upon that callback, I was told I could not be helped and was transferred again and left another message, which was never returned. I was and remain completely willing to recycle and to walk my bins to the curbside. Perhaps if their numbers are so low, WSI should be a little more amenable to those who are trying to do their part.
Jennifer Romanelli, St. Petersburg
A sloppy system
The lack of demand for this service might be explained by what I have seen in my neighborhood. Residents neatly place recycling bins along the curb. When the noisy trucks come along to empty them, the bins are then tossed helter-skelter, some even left in the street. And many times debris is also left behind. Milk jugs, etc.
The fact that we pay someone to take our items to resell for profit seems counterintuitive as well.
B.J. Mitchell, St. Petersburg
Subject: Lealman shooting
That was no accident
My heart goes out to the victims of the shooting at Grace Connection Church, including the victim, her family and the shooter, who must live with this for the rest of his life.
However, I am appalled that anyone would call this tragedy an accident. It most certainly was not an accident, it was criminal negligence at the least and we hope the charges do not become much worse.
If the weapon had slipped out of someone's hand and fallen to the floor where it discharged, that might, repeat might, have been an accident.
In this case, someone held the weapon in his hand and pulled the trigger. That was a deliberate act, not an accident. The person responsible is the owner of the weapon, especially since he had a permit to carry, thus assumed to have a higher level of knowledge, training and responsibility. The most novice gun owner knows to clear the chamber before handling a weapon or handing it to another person. To call this tragedy an accident absolves that person of their responsibility and is unacceptable.
I beg of all gun owners, if you are absolutely sure that the gun is empty, then please, please, stick your finger in the barrel before pulling the trigger.
Leonard C. Silva, St. Petersburg
Randy Wedding and The Pier
Reconsider Pier idea
C. Randolph "Randy" Wedding was a St. Petersburg stalwart in many respects. Many knew and respected him for his service as mayor but he was also quietly active in many other worthy pursuits, including providing architectural services to nonprofits such as Boley Centers, as noted by spokesperson Gary MacMath in a recent letter here.
The latest of those civic efforts was Randy's role in chairing the Pier Advisory Task Force. When that group passed up consideration of his own entry he took no quarrel with the decision as the fair-minded gentleman he was.
In my opinion, his design was superior to all of the others in many respects, not the least of which it appeared it would not have exceeded the projected budget as I believe all of the finalists would eventually. I urge a serious reconsideration of his design entry and then, regardless of the ultimate winning design, honor his long service to the city by naming the new pier for him.
Tom Pierce, St. Petersburg