Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

South Pinellas letters: Greenlight is a good transit plan for all

Re: No real ridership for rail system | letter, July 18

Greenlight plan will help many

The letter writer who believes "building a rail line to anywhere is ludicrous" obviously never heard of the cross-continental railroad that connects people and goods from one coast to another and all points in between.

She refers to our "car culture" as the only option for residents of Pinellas County. Adding expanded bus service and local passenger rail creates more transit options and will help our community grow economically. Also, many young residents and those of low income cannot afford to own a car. These residents will be able to travel to school, work, job training and even a movie or a Rays game in a short time and at low cost if the Greenlight Pinellas transit plan passes. The plan will also reduce property taxes, which will benefit most of our residents.

Finally, our seniors and disabled residents will be helped by the plan. Most seniors live seven to 10 years beyond their ability to drive a car. They'll be able to easily travel throughout the county, which they presently cannot do. Also, the Greenlight Plan includes the DART program, which is a doorstep pickup for disabled residents, whether senior or not.

The Greenlight Plan is a good deal and a good deal more for all the residents of Pinellas County.

Frank Lupo, St. Petersburg

Re: Fiscal reality sets in on pier | July 17

Decision on pier looks farther away

Well, the folly continues. It has been almost a year since a group of obstructionists succeeded in getting 19 percent of registered voters to shoot down the Lens concept for the St. Pete pier. And, what has been accomplished since then? Virtually nothing.

A ton of meetings has taken place with public input. You don't even need to attend those meetings to know what's talked about. Fishing, dining, shopping, boating, etc. Everybody has their wants and we all know what they are. Will you ever get full agreement on any of them? Never!

Now, in this article, naysayers from last year are saying we need to "narrow the program activities" and "look for outside help." What in the world does that mean? Suddenly we need "outsiders" to help? And how long will it take to figure that out?

I don't think any of us want to be looking at the existing pier for another three, four, five years or even longer. But, based on what isn't happening right now, it looks like that's becoming more inevitable every day.

Scott Stewart, St. Petersburg


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 22 minutes ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18