Be careful with Trop plans
St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth Welch admirably desires to preside over a vibrant city that is also affordable. However, he needs to be careful not to suffocate the goose that laid the golden egg. The exponential increase in the number of condos downtown has not only brightened our skyline but also fattened our city’s wallet. With each condo built, the city’s budget has expanded and can pay for exceptional essential public services such as police and fire, and also recreational centers, libraries and community centers. Essentially, condo owners pay a disproportionate share of the cost for line items that benefit the entire community, especially the poor and the descendants of those displaced from the Historic Gas Plant neighborhood. This, in effect, is at least a modest redistribution of wealth and an efficient means of social justice. Welch has already nixed a project that would have included a Moffitt Cancer Center satellite and a residential tower. Now, he seems to be overemphasizing affordable housing in a way that will hamper redevelopment of the Trop site. I beseech him not to botch this.
Jay Cohen, St. Petersburg
Awaiting the statement
When former President Donald Trump posted that, “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” one would think that all Americans of principle would immediately condemn that social media post. So where is Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statement on this?
Jerry Nepon-Sixt, Tampa
Building better consciences
Look out for the C-suite psychos | Column, Dec. 5
Columnist Peggy Noonan sums up her opinion piece with the words, “We need better consciences.” The ability to discern right from wrong does not come from one source. It evolves from the early experiences and influences of childhood, the lessons of religious training and selective reading, the observations of problem solving in the real world and, most important, an emotional connection to the human condition. While telling the truth and acting with integrity is a keystone of most religions, to be a moral person does not come from an edict from heaven, rather than a choice made here among the living. We can reverse this moral decline that we are witnessing today through providing a quality education for our children, laws that are fair and are administered fairly, and a social environment that is inclusive and protective. Is that so difficult?
Carol Moyle, St. Petersburg