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Lower the kaboom on the sale of fireworks

© St. Petersburg Times
published August 18, 2002

Re: Question about fireworks lights a few fuses, Aug. 14.

I totally agree with Pinellas Park resident Charles Settgast that something should be done about stopping the sale and detonation of fireworks. Council member Rick Butler needs to do his job (uphold Florida law) and help out. What would it hurt to show some support to County Commissioner Ken Welch?

I am retired military (only 48 years old) and don't like seeing these little jerks in my neighborhood setting off fireworks. They have no idea why they are even doing it, and safety definitely is of no concern to them. I ended up with bottle rockets in my yard and on my roof. If Mr. Butler would like to come over and clean them up, that would be nice!

If it's against the law, then why is it going on? Last weekend, I got to listen to them shooting off more fireworks. Enough is enough. Do something about it!
-- James W. Yopp, Largo

Put new library in my back yard, please

The Open Forum on the library proposal was so interesting. It reminded me of just the opposite of NIMBY -- (I want it in my back yard). Also, it reminded me of Eric Hoffer's book, The Ordeal of Change, whose title says it all. I too have had a precious library card since my family came here in 1947, biking or busing to Mirror Lake in those early years. Now I live close to the main library, and thinking ahead, I know that down the road, there are plans in the works to renovate that big building. When this happens, the city/college library will come in handy for all the main patrons.

I have used the small Azalea branch occasionally, found it to be a clean, well-lighted place, user- and parking-friendly, and can easily understand how the nearby residents must feel. When they closed my nearby Publix (to build a bigger one about 2 miles away), I was so upset at first that I did not go into the Walgreens that replaced it for quite a while. Another ordeal of change.

The City Council is going to work hard to answer all the questions asked before taking the first step in the process, and a careful study of the plans will be helpful to all. Also, it is so nice to see so many citizens concerned about a library, and reading.
-- Rose Sarbeck, St. Petersburg

Cleanup so simple, a 4-year-old can do it

Re: Pinellas County, a trashy place, letter, Aug. 7.

I have lived in Pinellas County more than 30 years and considered it a blessing to live in such a beautiful place. However, I agree with the young letter writer that it has become too trashy. When I go for a walk in St. Petersburg's Crescent Lake neighborhood, I always take a couple of plastic grocery bags to pick up the litter along the way.

Let's have a campaign to clean up. We could wear T-shirts with the words, Keep Pinellas (or even your neighborhood) beautiful. I believe it could work. Imagine my surprise, when my 4-year-old granddaughter came to visit, and said, "Let's go on earth patrol, granny." She had learned this in preschool. Come on folks, if 4-year-olds can do it, so can we. Keep Pinellas County beautiful!
-- P. Hunter, St. Petersburg

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