Get rid of Gandy traffic light
I’m looking forward to driving the new Selmon West Extension connector soon; it should attract a lot of traffic and ease capacity for local drivers and nearby businesses. For a lot less than the $230 million it cost to build the connector, transportation planners could continue uninterrupted flow for 2.3 more miles, all the way to Interstate 275 by making the Derby Lane traffic light near Brighton Bay Boulevard for right turns only. This particular stoplight is a big, asymmetric flow disrupter, handling very light perpendicular traffic. The Gandy Boulevard median is wide enough to accommodate a roundabout or dedicated U-turn lanes for those motorists who were forced to turn right, but wanting to travel in the opposite direction. More cars on the road calls for facilitating better flow where feasible.
Jeff Cathey, Tampa
Turn off the lights
There are many sides to this cutesy, unnecessary and inefficient trend of hanging chandeliers on live trees. Many residents like to enjoy natural starry nights. Planet earth is endangered by so much man-made degradation, why add to it? Some of us adhere to the goals of the International Dark-Sky Association ( darksky.org ): “The excessive use of artificial light at night can lead to serious environmental damage and have other negative consequences ... increased energy consumption; disruption of the ecosystem and healthy growth of trees and plants; added stress for birds and other wildlife; and harm to human health.”
Ronnie Stewart, Dunedin
Keep balloons to yourself
Please Tampa Bay Times, help educate your readers and the public to the very negative impact releasing balloons into the air has on the environment. They land in waterways, are swallowed by sea creatures, entangle sea birds and mess with power lines. Releasing balloons is never the way to honor a loved one. Instead, plant a tree, start a butterfly garden, give to a local charity, light a candle, hold a prayer service. There are so many better ways that leave a lasting, positive impact on our community.
Heidi Sumner, St. Petersburg
Unneeded new laws
Given there are already plenty of laws to punish those who do harm to people and property, whether under cover of peaceful protests or not, this is merely a bill designed to make the Proud Boys ... well ... proud.
Terri Benincasa, Palm Harbor
Play ball! (in Atlanta)
I am a long-time baseball fan who is deeply disappointed in the actions of Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred who moved the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta due to a political disagreement he has with the Georgia state Legislature. Since Major League Baseball has made the decision to become a de facto political action committee for Stacey Abrams and the rest of the “progressive” left, the league should not be eligible to receive any public money. Baseball companies should not be afforded any public funding for their teams or stadiums, nor should they be afforded exemption from anti-trust actions.
Virginia Lacker, New Port Richey
Hands off our votes
Every time I read about the laws our governor and legislators want to pass I am astounded. They try to pass laws that prevent local communities from dealing with climate change. Now they want to make new rules for mail-in voting. I guess they want to go back to elections where Florida gets singled out as the worse place to vote. These guys are always looking to legislate on problems that do not exist, bypassing what the majority of their constituents care about. They live in some kind of alternate reality.
Ann Jamieson, St. Petersburg