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Roundabout is like a beacon in the night

I have been reading comment after comment about the Clearwater Beach roundabout and I have had enough. I lived in New Jersey all my life till last October, when we moved to Palm Harbor. I am sick and tired of hearing people who cannot negotiate the roundabout complain about it constantly. In New Jersey, roundabouts are a part of life and are driven through with ease.

I find it comical that the slow Southern style doesn't apply to driving in this state. I have seen drivers run red lights and make a left-hand turn into six lanes of traffic without even bothering to look at the cars closing in on them. Turn signals are just not being used, and the drinking and driving is out of control.

If drivers would only pay attention to their driving skills and get off the car phones, accidents in Pinellas County would be reduced substantially.

When our family goes to Clearwater Beach, seeing the roundabout is like a beacon in the night. It is a beautiful landmark that should not be dismantled. For us, it's never been an issue. We see it, read the signs, get into the correct lane, make the correct turns. End of story.

Diane Rancan, Palm Harbor

Clearwater making good decisions

Good for the Clearwater City Commission! It's making some tough decisions. The dangerous, wasteful, ugly roundabout fountain will be replaced. The design for the new main library will better reflect citizen needs and taste. With our present commission and city manager, Clearwater has an excellent chance to progress.

Mary Moore Boulay, Clearwater

It's nice to see good coverage, leadership

Something is happening in Clearwater! Two favorable pieces about Clearwater city government (Choosing of city manager portends progress, peace, editorial, July 12, and Beach roundabout, column, July 15) appeared in the Times in less than a week. Previously, those occurred only once every decade or two!

But the Times is accurately reporting what is happening at City Hall. The new commissioners are jelling under the leadership of Mayor Brian Aungst. Last week, the commission worked together to select a city manager, Bill Horne, who has their confidence as well as the citizens'.

At Thursday's commission meeting, the commissioners discussed one of the most opinionated issues in the city, the roundabout. Noticeably missing were the throngs of dissidents parading before the microphone opining their views of "tear it out."

One can glean from this that our mayor, commissioners and city manager are working earnestly and effectively as a unifying body. Their rational, data-oriented and poised discussion of the city manager candidates, the library design flaws and the roundabout issues reflect excellent process. What a wonderful change!

Nicholas Fritsch, Clearwater

Library controversy overblown in story

Re: Commissioners lash out at library plan, story, July 12.

I was shocked to read the headline, because I watched the same event your reporter wrote about and I did not observe any "lashing" or "attacking" as your article stated. I saw an interesting discussion by a professional and dedicated team of people committed to building the best library in downtown Clearwater for the benefit of all the citizens of the area.

Your newspaper seems to be striving to create controversy on a much-needed library. Why didn't you instead report much of the important, interesting information about the building presented by the designers _ facts about current building materials that would put to rest many of the silly criticisms that we hear regarding windows, sunlight and hurricanes?

I applaud our city officials for listening to the electorate, then balancing that with asking more questions of the designers and gathering more information. This is a responsible process, and I resent you making it into a battlefield.

Jill Rommel, Clearwater