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Volunteer; things will improve soon

A "Peace Corps" is right next door | Diane Steinle column, Jan. 25

Hang in there, and try volunteering

As a community volunteer for going on 15 years, I am refreshed and ready to volunteer with renewed vigor for all that is good for my country and for the world at large.

I hope that you are planning to do so as well if you have even an hour a week at your disposal. Some of you are already hard at it despite job loss or other personal setbacks and sadness. While you search for the next opportunity, you choose to fill your hours with constructive volunteerism rather than self-pity. I know, because I see you and appreciate you.

Hang on. Things are about to look up. May the wind be at our backs.

Lorraine Margeson, St. Petersburg

A "Peace Corps" is right next door | Diane Steinle column, Jan. 25

Get the spirit back

An excellent piece. We've lost our sense of community spirit in America and need to get it back. I especially liked your ending: i.e., no big deal, Obama's just asking us to help each other.

Lil Cromer, Belleair

Let's work for all

I'm sure there will be many comments and remarks regarding our 44th president as he assumes his new and very demanding job.

I, for one, pray that the people of this blessed and beautiful country can finally come together and work for the betterment of all. I pray we will all seek God's direction as we try to renew our spirit to remake this country into a place that even our creator can be proud of.

I pray that every sign of hunger and homelessness will vanish. To care for one and all is a true sign of prosperity and love, which is God's purpose for our lives.

God has given us this great nation and its diversity of people for us to come together to preserve and protect, and thus we should seek a renewing of our faith in God and his people, to make us truly a united nation, and to accept all men as brothers.

Until we learn to work together and stop making the dollar our god, we will be fighting a losing battle.

So as we begin a new era, let's work together for truth and justice for one and all.

Fran Glaros, Clearwater

Kudos, firefighters

We are writing to thank, with all our hearts, the firefighters from Pinellas Park and all the other fire departments that came to our rescue on Dec. 22.

We operate a high-end automotive repair shop and keep many cars inside our building. After 911 was called, the Pinellas Park Fire Department was there within minutes and, with hoses blasting, they were able to extinguish the fire in our engine building room.

The whole building was filled with thick, blinding smoke and yet they were able to make it through to the fire in the back corner, without any water or physical damage to the many exotic cars that they passed. They saved our building, our customers' cars, our shop equipment and parts, and our mechanics' tools.

We want them to know how much we appreciate their unquestioned bravery to go into a building — blind — knowing it is filled with loaded fuel tanks. We wish we could thank each one of them personally, but not knowing how to do that, we are sending a check for their recognition to the local Firefighters Benevolent Association.

We ask that everyone remember the bravery and the sacrifice that these people are willing to make for the safety of us all and the property we so cherish.

Frank, Peggy and Eric Eibell, Clearwater

A portable idea

I believe the school administration buildings in Pinellas County should house students and the administrators should work out of portables.

Everyone I have mentioned this to agrees.

Derek Howard, Clearwater

City plans to help some grow their cash | Jan. 21, story

Nurse still shines

St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse continues to shine. His plan to secure bank accounts for nearly 18,000 city residents is a refreshing community initiative that deserves to be fully developed.

Nurse recently led the effort to drop Amscot as a municipal bill-pay site, citing their predatory lending habits. Under his latest proposal, the city can help steer residents away from the check-cashing fees associated with these establishments.

St. Petersburg, especially District 6 residents, are lucky to have a true public servant looking out for their interests.

Kevin King, St. Petersburg

Navigating financial aid pitfalls | Jan. 21, story

Help the students

Please help Alexandra Gulbis get that education she seeks. There can be no more poignant proof of her plight than the wording of her sign.

In all sincerity, Alexandra is exactly the kind of person into whom we should invest. Stop playing games!

There are precious few folks these days who truly value education. We need all of 'em we can get!

Rich Alexander, St. Petersburg

Respect in the end

On Jan. 9, I buried my husband, Gunnery Sgt. George W. Lord Jr., U.S. Marine Corps retired, at the National Cemetery at Bay Pines.

Many unfavorable articles have been printed about the Veterans Affairs Department recently. One thing they do right is a military funeral. I have never attended a funeral so deeply moving, so deeply respectful and so beautiful as the one the Marine Corps did for my husband, and for any veteran who so proudly served our nation.

The priest, the Marine Corps honor guard and everyone involved have my undying gratitude.

Virginia Lord, Dunedin

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