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Use infrastructure money to remove St. Pete’s I-175 and rebuild a community | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
A road closed sign at the scene where crews continue to work to repair a broken water line that prompted a citywide boil water notice on 30th Street north of Sligh Avenue, on Dec. 8, 2020 in Tampa.
A road closed sign at the scene where crews continue to work to repair a broken water line that prompted a citywide boil water notice on 30th Street north of Sligh Avenue, on Dec. 8, 2020 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Nov. 10

Restore a community

How the new infrastructure bill will boost Florida | Editorial, Nov. 9

This infrastructure funding creates the perfect opportunity to remove I-175 and I-375 that dislocated many African-American families in St Petersburg. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to replace the concrete barrier between downtown St. Pete and Campbell Park with a tree-lined street? And to build affordable housing where I-375 once was?

Georgia Earp, St. Petersburg

Build for the future

How the new infrastructure bill will boost Florida | Editorial, Nov. 9

How will Florida spend the billions Congress approved for infrastructure? My answer: Let’s build the diverse infrastructure required for the future. I want every voter to remember that not one Republican member of Congress from Florida supported the bill. Ergo, they do not support the common good required to advance our country.

Ann Weeks, Lakeland

No credit where it’s not due

How the new infrastructure bill will boost Florida | Editorial, Nov. 9

Floridians, take note. The infrastructure bill passed despite the opposition of Florida’s two Republican senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, who voted against it. Watch carefully as they now take credit for all the good the bill will bring to Florida. And as for Gov. Ron DeSantis, he was apparently non-committal about the bill, but dollars to donuts the money will flow to the areas whose votes he craves for 2022.

Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg

For the greater good

Good riddance to 34 unvaxxed cops | Column, Nov. 8

Police must be vaccinated. They are face to face with people all day. It was only 34 New York City police officers who quit, not the predicted thousands. I agree with Leonard Pitts: Good riddance. The anti-vaxxers talk big, but when rubber meets the road, very few quit their job over a shot. Our way out of pandemic is the vaccine. Sadly politicians said they were tired of it so their people followed. Sorry, you can’t get “tired of it.” Wake up, anti-vaxers. Do it for the greater good for a change.

Kathleen Dreyer, Asheboro , N.C.

Once a generation

A call for Gen Z to rewrite the Constitution | Column, Nov. 9

Thomas Jefferson felt that there should be a constitutional convention every 20 years.

Carlos DeCisneros, Tampa