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Savings not worth sacrificing safety in Clearwater

Re: Which is cheaper: police or sheriff? | story, March 28

Savings not worth sacrificing safety

As a retired Clearwater police officer/detective and a resident of Clearwater, I was pretty much taken aback that the city officials are even considering that the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office take over the policing in our city.

We are a large city with a big police force. It is a highly trained, professional department that knows the citizens, businesses and streets within the city limits.

Pinellas County is large and the assignments of the deputies on patrol will mostly vary from one area to another. The money that might be saved, if any, is not worth (sacrificing) the safety and protection of our citizens.

Danny O'Connell, Clearwater

Re: Teen talk proves universal | story, March 27

Thank you for uplifting article

I was very pleased to see your article regarding the Japanese students from Nagano. It was refreshing to see a positive story about education! Correspondent Theodora Aggeles wrote a wonderful, uplifting and informative article about the event. St. Petersburg Times photographer Douglas Clifford took some excellent pictures that brought the story to life.

Thanks for letting the public know about positive things that are happening in the area of public education!

Anthony Fuoco, Clearwater

Re: Old cemetery needs more care, respect | column by Bill Stevens, March 25

Story neglected free services

We appreciated the article by Bill Stevens regarding the Hudson Cemetery, where many of my family are buried. He mentioned the work being done by Jeff Cannon and other members of the Hudson Cemetery Preservation Association to maintain the cemetery, which had become very overgrown with weeds and sandspurs and in general was in very poor condition.

We regret that Mr. Stevens failed to recognize Luke Brothers Inc., which is currently providing maintenance on a regular basis pro bono as a community service. All of us with family buried there are deeply grateful for this generous service.

Jo Nichols, Clearwater

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