Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Share road safely with motorcyclists

Share road safely with motorcycles

I ride a motorcycle and am very careful when riding, but I can tell you that it infuriates me to see so many people (not just teenagers) texting instead of paying attention. Or, they weave in and out of traffic or speed just to cut in front of you.

I have lost five friends over the past six months to motorcycle accidents because someone wasn't looking and paying attention. If you are going to drive a car, leave your cellphone alone, pay attention to the traffic and stop speeding. Don't drive or ride while impaired and pay attention to the road. No texting, putting on make-up, reading for work, etc. And, stop speeding. The store will not run out of the item, and if they do, get a rain check.

Watch where you are going. We can all share the road safely.

Terri Kirchner, Hudson

Donate money instead of goods

Tons of relief items donated by well-meaning citizens are headed for the hurricane-stricken region in the Northeast. But, if past storm efforts hold true, much of the donated goods will end up rotting.

Warehouse space is at a premium because many buildings sustained heavy damage. Power remains out in numerous communities. Transportation is poor at best making distribution of goods very difficult. When things return to normal, tons of donated goods will end up in landfills.

This is why relief agencies prefer you donate money and let them distribute it to the storm victims to buy what they need. It may make you feel good to send clothing and other items to the stricken but it does them no good if they can't be distributed and end up being hauled to the dump.

John Ennis, Hudson


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18