Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

South Pinellas letters: Kudos to Kriseman and Buckhorn

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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

Curbside recycling

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


Wednesday’s letters: Don’t step on local government

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Published: 01/23/18

Do you have a gold star yet?

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Published: 01/22/18

Monday’s letters: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

New transit option: BRT | Jan. 12Tampa deserves rail as an optionI was disheartened by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement about his exhaustion with public transit discussions. It sounds like the government of Tampa has given up on ever realizin...
Published: 01/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Diagnosis by journalist playing doctor

Trump’s sanity grades | Jan. 19, commentaryAn inept journalistic diagnosisI was worried the Tampa Bay Times wouldn’t find someone qualified to rebuke the findings of noted physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. To the rescue came the brilliant Gail Collins...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/22/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18