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Delays hurt Clearwater's image

Re: Delaying projects could save millions, story, April 19.

A year ago, I and the majority of Pinellas residents voted another Penny for Pinellas. If I remember correctly, we were led to believe that several projects, including the replacement of the Memorial Causeway bridge, were just waiting for the yes vote to get started. Well, we voted yes and guess what happened?

Today, I read that several city officials want to postpone the promised work another two years. So much for promises, honesty and honor. But, then, they're politicians.

If the new vote for project delay is to raise and save money, why not just delay the projects five years, 10 years or forever? I am sure the city could find better uses for the money, such as raising salaries, building and remodeling officials' offices or hiring more staff to make their jobs easier and more "efficient."

Traffic needs to move through Clearwater and people should be able to get to and from the beach. The beach is what makes Clearwater a spot on the map, not sitting in a traffic jam east of Myrtle watching frantic, angry drivers using the curb and left turn lanes to cut in line. Forcing drivers to stare at buildings and a handful of parked cars for an hour does not endear one to Clearwater or encourage one to come to Clearwater to shop. The only smart ones, apparently, are the Scientologists, who can walk.

Get the bridge built. It is long overdue.

Gary K. Keats, Clearwater

Parties, swearing spoil Tarpon visit

During our six-week stay in Tarpon Springs, we rented half a duplex near the police station. During this time, we observed many cars coming and going at a house only one door from the station. There were many loud parties with numerous people using foul language late into the night, which we could hear from our house.

When we complained to the police, we were told by an officer that there was no law against profanity and that they could use whatever language they chose. He also stated that loud music or noise would have to be investigated when it occurred.

We find it extremely difficult to believe that the police allow this behavior only 500 feet from the station. We are from Cleveland, where even in the worst areas this situation would not be tolerated, much less next to the police station.

Hopefully, in the future, tourists to the Tarpon Springs area will not be subjected to such unpleasant situations.

Ken and Joan Fafrak, Strongsville, Ohio

Topless bars don't feed self images

Re: Topless bars help more than hurt, letter, April 13.

As a parent, a lawyer and a self-respecting woman, I am disgusted and outraged by the letter writer's futile attempt to defend the topless-bar business. I don't know any men who must frequent topless establishments to find compassion and "self-value." No self-respecting man would stoop so low. Likewise, I don't know any women who must frequent male strip bars to feed their self-images and concepts.

Your letter, sir, is simply a gratuitous attempt to justify a tasteless, immoral, exploitative business venture that produces the revenue upon which you live. In short, you are using women for your own selfish gain. Have you no respect for your mother, your wife, your sister, your daughter?

If my son ever feels his self-worth is defined or enhanced by visits to topless bars, then I have failed as a parent. He is acquiring his healthy self-image and esteem from our good, clean, Christian way of living. I suggest you try some of that, sir.

Cynthia T. Rice, Belleair

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