More cameras would stop dangerous drivers | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
A speed camera sits at the ready in Baltimore.
A speed camera sits at the ready in Baltimore.
Published Oct. 19
Updated Oct. 19

Photographic proof

We need speed cameras | Letter, Oct. 17

When you speed, you break the law. We can detect, prove and punish speeders easily and cheaply. Recently, a shop keeper complained to me about cameras on his street, saying business had dropped because drivers were avoiding that road and its cameras, taking other roads instead. The clear solution is more cameras, more revenue and less speed — or pay the price. The Wild West approach that we accept makes for horrible driving and horrible politics. If punishments were painful, to the wallet or one’s privacy (prison), we’d see less bad behavior. An ironclad speeding abatement plan could be conceived in one afternoon. We know what we need to do. Let’s do it.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg

Batting clean-up

Say thanks to the Clean Team | Oct. 17

I go walking every single morning around 6 a.m. from our Harbour Island townhome for about 3 miles or so to the turnaround, which for me is Ulele and the Rotary Park. I see these hard-working members of the Tampa Clean Team, when a great deal of the rest of the city is still asleep. They are doing an unbelievable and thankless job out there at a very early hour, removing graffiti, feces (from both dog and human) as well as garbage. It would surprise you how much doesn’t end up in a trash receptacle, but is carelessly tossed to the ground. By the time many of us are waking up and arriving downtown around 9 a.m., we see a clean city and Riverwalk, a place to be proud of. Thank you, Clean Team. Please know how much I appreciate everything that you do.

Kurt Piepenbrink, Tampa

No sense to it

Long hunt for voter fraud | Oct. 17

Making sense out of Floridians looking for evidence of voter fraud is challenging, because there is no sense to it. First off, after years of suspicion and derision, Florida actually got the accounting for votes right, and has been praised nationally as a best practice. No doubt these folks will find single cases of questionable ballots, possibly even a handful, but with total vote count of near 11 million, the number in question will be miniscule. Most of my astonishment is that the Republican side won a decisive victory in Florida, and these sycophants don’t understand that to question the Florida voting process is to question the legitimacy of the Republican victory! Their impossible task could theoretically toss Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes to the Democrats’ side. The illogic hurts my brain.

Jon Crawfurd, Gulfport