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Hey governor, get smoke out of bingo

Published Oct. 1, 2005

I am a senior citizen who likes to play bingo. Why hasn't smoking been prohibited in places where bingo is played? It seems that smoking is prohibited in just about all public places, but I have yet to see mentioned places where bingo is played.

It should be one of the first places mentioned, as people sit so close to each other, and even if you sit in a non-smoking section, you will breathe in that smoke.

Gov. Lawton Chiles has a thing going now about smoking. Why can't he prohibit it where I play bingo and have to breathe in that smoke?

Elizabeth Fisher, Largo

All users must be made aware of

sources, uses of reclaimed water

Re: Clearwater plays catch-up on reclaimed water, story, Feb. 23.

The story contains the statement "Cities that have reclaimed water swear by it." You didn't check Eagle Harbor near Jacksonville _ or my city, where we're swearing at it.

Users must be aware that this treated wastewater comes from homes, office buildings and industrial plants. The wastewater comes from toilets, sinks and drains that flow through the sewer system.

The wastewater is filtered and treated with chlorine before it goes to reuse customers, but some parasites can survive, namely cryptosporidium and Giardia, which cause severe intestinal illnesses. Nutrients and metals that are in this water include aluminum, chromium, lead, molybdenum, zinc, phosphorus, boron, copper, magnesium, nickel, sodium, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium and nitrogen.

Parents should not let their children play in or drink from sprinklers connected to reclaimed water systems. Toys should be removed from the yard before watering with reclaimed water. Reclaimed water cannot be used for drinking, bathing (people or animals), watering vegetable gardens or filling swimming pools, hot tubs or children's wading pools.

I know because last spring I discovered a vendor using reclaimed water to mix lemonade at a festival. And just last month, on Feb. 14, I found youths playing soccer at Florida Atlantic University _ while reuse sprinklers were running and just after the fields had been fertilized. Some of the students' eyes were red and burning. Who knows what kind of dangerous chemical reaction could have occurred?

What I've learned over the past year is relevant to every resident of every community in the state where reclaimed wastewater is, or may be, used for irrigation.

If my experience here is any example, residents do not learn of the precautions from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or the local utility until there is a problem.

The public health, safety and welfare must be safeguarded through rigid controls and regulations, especially as new wastewater reuse systems come on line.

Carl D. Jacobs, Boca Raton

Before undertaking project for

Indian Rocks Beach, clean it up

Re: Indian Rocks Beach identity to take time, story, March 15.

I cannot help but wonder why reporter Sharon Tubbs didn't ask the question of utmost importance to the residents and tourists of the north gulf beaches: Why is this project being undertaken when the result will be to dump four lanes of traffic onto Gulf Boulevard?

However well-intentioned the plans for creating a city hub in Indian Rocks may be, the planned expenditures are somewhat premature considering that Gulf Boulevard will be widened. At this critical time, we first need to clean up our unsightly appearance and provide safety for our residents and tourists. Our public officials have talked and postured enough. Now we need action.

Paul H. Hardwick, Indian Shores

Thanks to everyone who worked

on benefit for cancer patient

On March 15, I attended the Country in the Park in Pinellas Park. It was a fun day and a very fruitful day. One of the events was the raffle for a Harley-Davidson. The proceeds benefit the Robby Graham Cancer Fund. The firefighters worked day and night for this great cause.

A big "thank you" is in order to the Pinellas Park Fire Fighters, to the Pinellas Park Kiwanis Foundation, and everyone who was involved in the Robby Graham Cancer Fund who gave so generously. Robby has touched many hearts. Robby, I feel I have won just by being a small part that supported you.

Robby had some of the best team players ever in his corner.

Betty Dudley, Safety Harbor

Notebook headline, story

on death sentence appalling

I was appalled by the headline and accompanying story on the case of James Randall, which appeared in the Insider's Notebook in the March 17 edition of the Clearwater Times. It is grossly insulting to the memory of the victims of these crimes, and to the dignity of James Randall, for your paper to treat in such a cavalier manner the subject of a sentence to death by electrocution.

References to the "taste" of the jurors for "barbecue" on the day they voted 12-0 for death serve only to trivialize what is perhaps the most grave decision our citizenry can make, and betray an adolescent disposition unworthy of your publication.

Sidney W. Kilgore, Ozona

Letter writer with God in mind

erred on what nation founded on

Re: Osborne should listen to prayer, not ban it, letter, March 17.

The letter writer says that as a country, we were formed with God in mind. Now, how does he know that?

Next to the insanity of war, the folly of religion has been man's most senseless, harmful, wasteful, stupid preoccupation in all his history. A children's hospital will provide you with ample evidence against the existence of a being that is both all-powerful and loving.

Just for the record, this country was founded under the Constitution. Nowhere in the Constitution is there a reference to a god.

Victor A. St. John, Largo