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Traffic lights could help avoid future tragedies

Re: Causeway collision was not accident, letter by David Giese, March 21.

I would like to say that I am appalled at his insensitivity. Mr. Giese seems to be implying in his letter that Laura Lamby pulled out of the beach knowing she wouldn't have enough time to pass safely across the lanes of traffic.

For whatever reason, whether misjudging the speeds of the other vehicles or losing traction due to the sand on her tires, a beautiful young woman who had already done so much good for our world tragically lost her life. I saw and felt firsthand the grief that Laura's family and friends were feeling, and I know this could only have been a tragic accident.

Mr. Giese is questioning the need for a traffic light at this dangerous area of the Courtney Campbell Parkway and implying that people yielding to oncoming traffic is sufficient to avoid future accidents. Our roads in Pinellas are very congested, making a turn across many of them dangerous. If traffic lights will help prevent a future tragedy, we should do all that we can to ensure that lights are installed.

I wonder, Mr. Giese, how the driver of the F-250 feels now, as he is trying to come to terms with his role in the accident on Sunday. I'm sure that he did all that he could to stop this tragic accident from happening. Do you think that he believes it was anything other than an accident?

Michele Koehler, Palm Harbor

Letter never should have been published

Re: Causeway collision was not accident, letter, March 21.

It doesn't surprise me that Mr. Giese would write such a letter for publication. He neither knew Laura nor did he attend her funeral the day before. All he knows about the accident is what he's read in the paper.

What appalls me is that the Times would even consider publishing such a sarcastic, unsympathetic letter the day after Laura's family put her to rest. I went to school with Laura, and the letter hurt me deeply. I can't imagine how her family felt when they read it.

To those of us who knew Laura, there is no doubt that her death was an accident _ a tragic accident. Publishing a letter like the one written by Mr. Giese was tasteless and unprofessional.

Ian K. Peterson, Clearwater

Letter demonstrates insensitivity

I cannot believe any person can be so insensitive, writing to the St. Petersburg Times needing to debate whether the fatal crash on the Courtney Campbell Parkway was an accident or a collision. "Not an accident, a collision," David Giese was compelled to say _ three times.

I also am outraged that the Times printed his letter, less than 24 hours after grieving parents buried their precious child.

David Wladaver, Palm Harbor

Simple traffic solution costs no money

Re: Causeway accident.

The beach can stay; the traffic light is already there. All the state or city has to do is put a clay side road from the beach to the traffic light at Bayshore Boulevard and State Road 60. Put an arrow for a left turn to go west and an arrow to go east to Tampa. Simple. Come on, people, jump on this. It's no money.

Cleveland Smith, Oldsmar

Lies doomed redevelopment plan

I'm writing in response to two different letters that appeared in the St. Petersburg Times. The first letter chastised the Clearwater city commissioners and the mayor for not doing anything to redevelop downtown Clearwater. The second letter suggested renaming the city "Hubbardville."

In response to the first letter: I had the pleasure to visit West Palm Beach. During this visit, a local resident showed me around. Words cannot express the beauty of the redeveloped downtown previously known as a drug haven. Now it has trendy stores, cafes, theaters and office complexes. The local resident pointed out the new jobs and the large tax base provided by the redevelopment of downtown. The developer responsible for this is George de Guardiola, the same developer selected by the City Commission and the mayor to redevelop downtown Clearwater.

Unfortunately, a small group of citizens using misinformation, misconceptions and in some cases outright lies was able to defeat the referendum to redevelop downtown Clearwater. This is a shame, as the city is short of tax money to provide the services required by the citizens of Clearwater, such as the fire department, police department, garbage department, city utilities, etc.

In answer to the second letter, I guess the writer is correct. Due to the accomplishments of Anne Garris, Fred Thomas and the Save the Bayfront group, the only thing to do is change the name of downtown Clearwater to L. Ron Hubbard City.

Earl M. Hoaglin, Clearwater

Road conditions are disgraceful

I addressed this matter on several occasions early in 2001 concerning the road conditions of Alt. U.S. 19 and Fort Harrison Avenue from the Largo city limits north to Drew Street in Clearwater.

I was told last year by the Florida Department of Transportation, our district state representative and the Clearwater mayor that work was scheduled for the end of 2001.

Here it is March 2002, and what's happening? Nothing.

It's a disgrace to see a heavily trafficked road in such poor condition and the powers to bring about a rebuilding and reconstruction procrastinating. Driving down Fort Harrison is like driving on a washboard.

Let's get this project off the back burner and get started now. Big things are happening on Fort Harrison. Let's get something behind this movement and let's do something.

Ralph Kochan, Belleair

Give us more of Jan Glidewell's humor

Thank you for including one of Jan Glidewell's columns in the March 18 issue of the North Pinellas Times. His wit and creative writing style are as welcome and needed as my morning cup of coffee. I only wish his column were a regular feature for North Pinellas subscribers.

Short of packing up and moving north to Pasco County, is there any way we humor junkies can get a more regular dose of Glidewellisms?

Beth Johnson, Tarpon Springs