Red light cameras add to city coffers
The Clearwater City Council has decided to install red light cameras — the Clearwater City Hall mob strikes again.
Studies indicate increasing caution lights by a few seconds would reduce accidents at intersections by 80 percent. Of course, Clearwater officials don't care about public safety, they are only interested in more money, even if it means robbing motorists.
This is the same city that has impoverished its residents with sky high property taxes and exorbitant 16 percent taxes and franchise fees on electricity (county residents pay zero). The taxes and fees on power bills in Clearwater are so high they would embarrass even an organized crime protection racket.
Bob Snow, Clearwater
Re: Running city in a style all her own | story, Nov. 7
City hall is doing much better now
Thanks to all Port Richey residents who have supported me and I'd like to let others know the facts surrounding recent accusations. I did not apply for a job at the city, they asked me to help with a series of issues, all of which existed when some of my recent detractors were in office. Where is the trust there?
The city was declared in a financial state of emergency for the nearly $1 million of deficit spending in its water and sewer enterprise fund; the fire department was responding to fires in a 1992 Ford Taurus because none of the fire engines were operating; and the city had spent untold hundreds of thousands of dollars renting a sewer line cleaning truck, which has now been purchased. The savings will more than recoup its cost. The list goes on to include a million dollars spent on a dredging project that hasn't been totally permitted and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on plans for the development of a downtown that didn't happen.
I was asked to come and fix the city's major, long-term issues and we are making significant progress. The terms of the city's agreement with me were results oriented, not based on past arrangements of time sitting in a chair, to no avail.
Ellen Posivach, Port Richey city manager
Group took part in parade in 2008
My wife and I were both excited and enjoyed reading about the Seminole Warhawks' trip to New York City to play in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Through them we relived a bit of that same excitement, because we marched in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2008 with the Second Time Arounders Band of St. Petersburg. And thus the error in your report that they are the first band from the Tampa Bay area to play in the Macy's parade.
About 500 members of our band, including instrumentalists, color guard and flag holders, had the honor of working for a whole year in preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime event to not only march in the parade, but to also perform at Herald Square before a national audience.
Gordon Thomas, Palm Harbor
Re: St. Petersburg Times Turkey Trot
Turkey Trot was a sight to behold
A special thank you to a few participants in the Turkey Trot. Having a case of the pre-holiday doldrums, I decided to walk to the end of my street to view the Turkey Trot. I was just in time to see a few young guys dressed as a knight and king from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, trotting along while banging coconuts together to replicate the sound of horses. Thanks, guys, I needed that.
Christine Jamesson, Clearwater