Speed bumps for Lincoln Avenue
I have been a homeowner on S Lincoln Avenue in Clearwater for 15 1/2 years. Since the city made Court Street the main drag to Clearwater Beach, traffic has increased on our road. Our street has a lot of kids and people who walk up and down the street, and now we have to deal with cars constantly using our street as a cut-through and speeding. The worst are Clearwater police, who are always speeding through here with no lights or sirens.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, no-parking signs appeared on both sides of the street because Clearwater police complained they didn't want to dodge cars through here. What we needed were speed bumps, not no-parking signs. This is a residential street where the speed limit is 25 mph.
Now, because of the no-parking signs, and with the holidays here, we can't have get-togethers at our homes with family and friends because there is nowhere for them to park.
I say, shame on the city of Clearwater and the police department for ruining our holidays and violating our rights as homeowners. I wouldn't have bought my home on this street if I had known they would make parking limited to our driveway. I don't see how this can be legal in a residential neighborhood.
Lauren Paris, Clearwater
Leave garbage decision to us, Nov. 15 letter, and Don't change trash collection, Nov. 8 letter
Sarasota could show us the way
I am shocked at the impudence of some of the comments regarding Pinellas County garbage collection.
Having come from Sarasota County, where the county contracts for garbage collection and rolls it into the tax base, I have experienced much better service and a greater attempt to reduce pollution and waste. I have seen the same, or just slightly varied, letter in the paper about "keeping the county out of my garbage service choice," and it sounds like political fogging to me.
I see so much waste (pun intended) with a number of private companies running all over, doubling and even tripling the miles driven to collect waste from each third, fourth or fifth house down each street, only to be followed by the next company's big, fuel-sucking, a.m.-noisy, lane-blocking, foul-smelling behemoth. Not to mention that there is little enforcement to prevent the trash from blowing out on the roads, because no one can pinpoint a culprit.
Then we have the lack of any attempt at serious recycling. The county's feeble attempt is a farce. There are very few, and far between, recycling collection centers in Pinellas.
Come on, people. Get elected officials to begin showing some responsibility to our planet. It may not have been Utopia in Sarasota, but we had one company, one truck down each street, two recycle bins per house, one less bill to pay, and when you saw trash flying out of a truck, you could call Waste Management and get the culprit.
In Pinellas, they overload the trucks before making the trip to the landfill in order to reduce the overhead of too much distance between stops. County-contracted waste services can provide many benefits. Sorry about that to those who make the big payoffs from privatized garbage collection.
Jane Myers, Palm Harbor
Suit: State failing schools Nov. 18 story
FCAT hurts many students
The whole school evaluation system should be revised. The FCAT is extremely detrimental to the students. Straight-A students who are intimidated by the FCAT and do not test well are penalized. They either do not graduate or are denied participation in band, drama, etc., where they excel artistically.
My grandson is one of these students. Band is his life and he is an exceptional musician. Why should he be denied a career as a music teacher if he failed a small part of the FCAT?
If FCAT cannot be abolished, fine. Use it to evaluate the schools only and not the students, especially if they have exceptional grades and a 4.0 average.
It seems to me that as soon as students start school in the fall, FCAT is jammed down their throats. Are they really learning anything else besides training to pass this test?
Mary Anne Weintraub, Clearwater
Pool can be hole in buyer's budget | Nov. 25 letter
Pools need to be inspected as well
I agree with John B. Kelley's letter about home inspectors not including pools in their inspections. Inspections should include every part of the house and grounds. My inspector not only didn't include the pool, but also didn't test for radon, lead, asbestos, formaldehyde, mildew or mold.
Isn't that the whole point of an inspection — to check the condition and safety of the house?
B. King, Dunedin