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LARGO MUST STEP UP AND HONOR DR. KING

Good morning, Largo residents. How many of you are aware that February is Black History Month? While I don't mean to offend anyone, wouldn't it be a perfect time to, at long last, get your act together and memorialize the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

With a chance of a lifetime being made by nationally recognized sculptor Ed Dwight to create a bronze relief of King for Largo Central Park, this is no time to fall apart at the seams. It sounds perfect to me. And an offer like this one doesn't come along often.

Personally, I think it's pitiful that the city of Largo has been dragging its heels for years and nothing has been accomplished. I hate to say it, but if King had been a white man the money probably would have been plentiful to build a memorial decades ago.

The ball is being pitched to Largo officials. Please don't strike out again. It's time to save face.

JoAnn Lee Frank,Clearwater

Food bank thankful for continued support

I would like to offer my appreciation to all the members of the community who provided assistance to the RCS Food Bank during this past holiday season. Because of the many wonderful people in this community who opened their hearts and pocketbooks with donations of food, money and toys, we were able to provide food - including hams, chickens and turkeys - to an average of 98 families a day during November and to 107 families a day and toys for 976 children during the month of December.

This past year, the RCS Food Bank experienced an unprecedented number of people coming for assistance, with an average of 10 to 20 new families a day. As many of us have struggled to adjust budgets around rising costs, families who live on the edge financially have little room to adjust, and so they seek ways to supplement their resources. Accordingly, the RCS Food Bank has struggled to expand our resources to meet the growing demands of those most vulnerable in our community and, at times, our supplies have been dangerously low.

As word has gotten out into the community, however, the response has been heartwarming, especially during the holiday season. The constant outpouring of donations helped to restock the shelves in our warehouse so that we have some reserves to meet the growing demand.

I truly appreciate your support, even as I remind you that there are hungry people all year round, and their needs do not stop when the holiday season ends. Once again, thank you for all your support. I am very proud to be a part of a community that cares so much about those who are experiencing special need in their lives.

Kathi Trautwein,director, RCS Food Bank, Clearwater

Slow down, please; cemetery can wait

To the person who ran the red light Friday morning, Jan. 25, at Enterprise Road and Countryside Boulevard in Clearwater: Slow down. We're all going to the same place. In case you don't know, it's called the cemetery. I'm not in that big of a hurry.

George Pappas,Clearwater

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