An example of good government
The intersection of 102nd Avenue and Oakhurst Road was recently updated with new left turn signals on Oakhurst Road. As the days passed, it seemed that it took longer and longer for the lights to change on Oakhurst Road. On a recent Sunday morning there was no traffic at all and we had to wait for a long time as the lights went through their timing.
I contacted the county Traffic Signal Department and received a personal call from Glen Weaver, who let me know that the problem had already been fixed.
I was amazed and very pleased that someone took the time to look into the problem and then to let me know. I thought people might want to know that our government really does try.
Mary Lou Jenkins, Largo
Volunteers make food drive success
Once again we had a hugely successful Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9. Through the yearly national drive, F.E.A.S.T., the Palm Harbor food pantry, receives much of the food that carries us through the year.
Once again, the drive was very successful not only because of the generous support of the food donors, but also because of the numerous volunteers who help to collect, sort, pack, put away, clean up, drive forklifts, donate equipment and recycle.
These many workers included high school football and swim teams, letter carriers who collected the food bags in addition to delivering the mail on Saturday, the post office workers who were available at the post offices where the food was deposited, the drivers who brought it to the Curlew Methodist Church (which also let us use the church hall again this year), and the many adults and teenagers who gave up their Mother's Day weekend to do so much heavy lifting — in every sense of the phrase.
It is a monumental task, for a very worthy cause, and we couldn't do it without each and every one of you.
Walter A. Anderson, executive director, F.E.A.S.T.
Painters make Clearwater shine
I was blessed to be a recipient of the generosity of the 2009 "Paint Your Heart Out" program given by the city of Clearwater. I am so thankful to all the volunteers (Chuck Warrington Jr., Clearwater Gas director, employees and their friends and families) who gave time out of their busy schedules and away from their families to paint my home. They are an example that you can make a difference to anyone and in any community.
Clearwater will always sparkle because of people like you! Your giving from the heart to help others is where the sparkle comes from — that light that all of the volunteers let shine.
Though we only pass this way but once, we can make a difference here on Earth, in others' lives. You have made a difference in my life. I will always remember and be thankful for everything that was done for me. I pray that God will bless each and every home that was represented at my home on March 21.
Darlene Jones, Clearwater