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Pair has no incentive to rein in bingo

Re: Who profits? July 11, and Regulating bingo, editorial, July 17.

What do county Commissioners Bill Stewart and Calvin Harris mean when they say they aren't interested in stronger bingo regulation? They admit to receiving money from big business; therefore, why would they even consider voting in favor of bingo rules that would cause a loss of donations? It is politics and it stinks.

Money seems to pave the way for big business, while charities (i.e., churches, service organizations and fraternal organizations) lose out on money. If Stewart and Harris could only see beyond their wallets, it would be to the benefit of those for which the bingo law was originally passed. Charities are losing out to politics and big business bingo corporations.

I'm sure Bill Stewart and Calvin Harris read the above-referenced stories and had a big laugh. Do away with big business, paid commissioners and large, bought crowds that always show up for any meeting held to recognize bingo regulations. Doing this would certainly allow charities to regain their lost income.

Thank you for your interest on behalf of charities that really do have an interest in bingo regulation!

Art Weltman, chairman

charitable bingo organization

St. Petersburg

Many would balk mightily

at joining Pinellas Park

Re: Annexation would mean huge Pinellas Park growth, July 25.

My neighbors and I live in some of the unincorporated area in question. And we say not only no but hell, no!

Let me be plain: No one I have talked to wants anything to do with the city of Pinellas Park. I keep up with the news. Those people can't run the town they have now. God help us if they get their hands on some real revenue. We are happy with the services we receive and the taxes we pay. We don't need to help them dress up Park Boulevard.

I did note one bright spot: Pinellas Park wants to take in the cemetery on the west side of 49th Street. So now, when I die, I won't have to have my body shipped up to my kid in Chicago to remain active in politics. Other than that, what's in it for us?

M.Y. Keith, St. Petersburg

Note to Lasita: Rethink

meaning of "sacrifice'

It was with absolute amazement that I read the words of St. Petersburg City Council member Jay Lasita concerning the free use of city tickets for Devil Rays games. After reading of the sacrifice he and his family make because he is a council member, I immediately thought of the sacrifice that many parents make in order to simply provide for their families:

The father who labors in the hot Florida sun all day in hopes of providing sufficient food for his children and certainly could not afford the price of ballgame tickets. The single mother who rushes from her full-time day job to an afternoon extra job, again, simply trying to keep her family together.

There are countless parents in St. Petersburg who would cherish an outing with their children to see a baseball game. Many must sacrifice family time and every dime just to make ends meet.

Actually, I do not object to the council members' enjoying such perks as baseball tickets. But I am angered by the arrogance Lasita displayed in his comment. In fact, he asked for the job, and if it is such a sacrifice, maybe he should consider leaving the position.

The next time Lasita and his family request free tickets, they should consider inviting a struggling family to join them.

Dusty Asberry, St. Petersburg

Lowry Park Zoo has best

plan for Sunken Gardens

The City Council is trying to decide what to do with Sunken Gardens. I read some of the proposals in the July 28 Neighborhood Times (How will the Gardens grow?). So did my husband.

Both of us think Lowry Park Zoo had the best suggestion: a rain forest. That way the city can leave the plants (many of them very rare) in there.

Some of the other suggestions involve new restaurants. Who needs more restaurants on Fourth Street?

Nancy and James Waterman

St. Petersburg

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