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2 mayors tout bay area with 1 voice | April 23
Keep baseball in Tampa Bay area
It's certainly heartening to hear that the Tampa and St. Pete mayors are actively talking about the future of the Tampa Bay Rays in our area. This is particularly enlightening when a high degree of acrimony on both sides has been evident for many years.
I would just ask that Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Mayor Rick Kriseman remember this much: Many residents and leaders in New York City barely want to admit that the State of New Jersey even exists. In fact, the unofficial "New Yorker's Map of the World" shows the entire state of New Jersey as only a pencil thin line. And yet, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets of the NFL play their games in New Jersey and have for many years. Somehow, that was made to happen.
So, how difficult should it be for two cities a few miles apart, in the same state, to come up with a cooperative plan to keep the Rays in our area. To me at least, it's a no-brainer. Wherever they eventually end up, let's just make sure it's somewhere in the Tampa Bay region.
Scott Stewart, St. Petersburg
Yard waste piles up — at a cost | April 20
Trash service does a good job
I am puzzled as to why the members of the St. Pete Beach Commission found it necessary to call in the government affairs manager for Progressive Waste Solutions to ask for answers to questions that are clearly answered in the Garbage and Recycling Collection agreement found on their very own city website. I also wonder if the residents making the complaints have taken the time to read the same agreement.
That being said, I have nothing but high praise for the work that the Progressive Waste collectors do. I have left more than my share of yard clippings and waste in my driveway for them to pick up (never in the road as it appears some do, according to the article). The collectors have never failed to pick up any of my mess. I thank them regularly for the work they do for us and tip them if I have an excessive amount of litter. I have the highest respect for these hard-working members of our community.
Alan Mowry, St Pete Beach
Rethinking our trash habits
I believe that having a recycling program for our city is a wonderful idea.
I do not agree with being charged for it though.
The city could save a considerable amount, if they took our garbage pick up to once weekly, and picked up the recycling on the other day. This would be an incentive for customers to be more efficient with the recycling. Most of what is thrown away is recyclable. Instead of arbitrarily chucking everything in to the trash, we would be forced to rethink our habits.
My family does not usually put the garbage can out twice a week as it is, and I am sure there are many other in similiar circumstance.
The money saved would be able to go toward other services. More police and firefighters comes to mind.
Mary Naylor, St. Petersburg