Boots will stand for war's fallen | story, May 25
Respect for war dead lacking
Who in the world thinks that Memorial Day (previously known in my childhood as Decoration Day) would be used as a vehicle for political protests? With the political left, nothing is sacred.
It is a day that our country remembers our warriors who have given the supreme sacrifice for our country. To make it a political event for a bunch of lefties who value our enemies' lives as much as our war dead is truly disgusting.
To be sure, leftie pacifists have free speech and do qualify for a permit for the display, but the rest of us can choose not to look or listen. There is no moral equivalency between the enemy's dead and our own.
St. Petersburg Times editors should not have sent the reporter to write this article. Your lack of respect for our war dead is profound.
Tim Shepherd, Palm Harbor
Stop subsidizing 'Looper'
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority could trim $140,000 from its budget by eliminating the annual subsidy for the St. Petersburg "Looper," which serves only downtown St. Petersburg.
After several years of the PSTA improving routes and schedules, budget cuts are now reversing the progress.
Twenty-two of the 43 routes are being reduced or eliminated. Many changes are drastic and each will have a detrimental effect on some riders. Workers using transit to go to and from work may need to leave earlier and transfer more often. Elderly and disabled people needing transit to reach medical appointments or to obtain groceries will be adversely affected. Some may be unable to continue using transit service.
St. Petersburg should be funding the very localized Looper service for its residents and tourists.
It does not benefit transit users in the balance of the county and should not be funded by the PSTA.
Chrys Holmes, Largo