Monday, May 21, 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


Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18