Noise pollution in downtown St. Pete is out of control | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
The bell mounted at the Ovation, an exclusive Beach Drive condo tower.
The bell mounted at the Ovation, an exclusive Beach Drive condo tower. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Dec. 3, 2021

Downtown St. Pete: The ‘Wild West’

One St. Petersburg man’s quest to quiet a condo’s parking garage bell | Nov. 30

The onslaught of noise and light pollution in downtown St. Petersburg is relentless, and there seems to be absolutely no recourse for the average citizen. I’m a part-time resident of New York City and experience nowhere near the level of aggravating noise and light pollution there that I see in St. Petersburg. Our laws or ordinances — or lack thereof — on these quality of life issues make it like the Wild West for offenders. Lax rules means the offenders make the rules and the heck with the rest of us.

Brian McNeela, St. Petersburg

Bell needs to go

A 10-year-old could solve the St. Petersburg noisy bell dispute | Editorial, Dec. 1

If a bell was an absolute necessity, it would be used everywhere. Like double bagging a loaf of bread, not everyone does it because it is not necessary. Take down that bell.

Matthew Leonard, St. Petersburg

So much unneeded noise

One St. Petersburg man’s quest to quiet a condo’s parking garage bell | Nov. 30

Would the bell sufferer prefer to endure late night motorcycles leaving a busy restaurant parking lot, after hours of imbibing, proving to the world how loud their bikes are and how far down the road they can burn rubber? Yes, that’s what my neighborhood has to endure. That’s after hours of parking lot DJs blasting music that invades closed up homes a mile away.

The world is noisy, bottom line, fact of life. It will only continue to grow louder. Uncomfortable levels of noise are stressful. I have a white noise machine that’s cranked up high on biker nights (and “old car nights,” too) but sometimes I can’t turn it loud enough to make the world shut up for the time it takes to fall asleep. Ear plugs do not stop the noise. They only muffle it. The noise is still pounding away in your brain.

Harriet Browder, Clearwater

Protect the already born

Student kills 3, wounds 8 in Michigan school shooting, authorities say | Dec. 1

The Right To Life movement seems to care only about the life of the unborn but turns its back when the lives of thousands of teenagers are lost due to a lack of — and enforcement of — gun laws. How can they not care about the teenagers that are dying in school mass shootings? Most Americans want sensible gun laws that include background checks, while also respecting the right to bear arms. Millions of our country’s teens are experiencing unneeded fear with too many turning to opioids and other drugs to dull their emotional trauma. Children and teens are losing their lives while states and Congress do nothing for them. Instead, they only fight for the unborn.

Jackie Kanner, St. Petersburg

Economic realities

Economists can tell you that restricting abortion access restricts women’s lives | Dec. 1

In reference to the Times’ Dec. 1 Opinion page column by economics professor Caitlin Myers about the woes of restricting abortion access, we could also pose this question: What about the economic loss from the estimated 60-plus million lives — a simply staggering figure — destroyed through abortion since 1973? Perhaps some of those folks would have been teachers, professors, artists, medical personnel, musicians and composers, research scientists, writers, truck drivers and construction workers and many other careers, jobs and professions contributing to society in significant ways. They could be bolstering our nation financially through paying taxes and helping increase the Social Security System funds. Isn’t it interesting but sad that “abortion rights” activists always cite “women’s health” issues but never the health and well-being of the human citizen inside the womb.

Larry Goodman, Temple Terrace

Mississippi is not the answer

Abortion rights at stake in historic Supreme Court arguments | Dec. 1

Mississippi entered the Union in 1817. In 2019, more than 200 years later, Mississippi ranked 50th among 50 states in health care, 49th in economy, 48th in infrastructure, 44th in opportunity, 43rd in education and 41st in fiscal stability. Mississippi’s population is 51.5 % women, as well as half the labor force — meaning the state’s economic health depends upon women’s health and labor viability. Women are primary breadwinners for 53.5% of families in the state, but earn 27% less for their full time labor than men.

On Wednesday, the GOP-appointed radicals on our U.S. Supreme Court made it clear they think Mississippi’s got it all figured out, and should be the nation’s template for how to “manage” women, their health, their sexuality, and the impacts of unwanted pregnancies on their economic well-being. The model is an industrial poultry farm. This is your modern “Conservatism.” The Common Law in the United States from our founding to the 19th century recognized women’s right to terminate a pregnancy. What we see now is not progress, nor is it humane in any way. It “conserves” nothing good.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg


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