Monday, December 18, 2017
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


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17