Letters to the Editors
Night life died when Club More pushed out
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 25, 2002
Re: Plotting Clearwater's future: A tale of two visions, column by Diane Steinle, Sept. 22.
Clearwater is still trying to figure out the phrase "downtown development" and what it really means. At the same time, it has been one year since Clearwater essentially put Club More, the live music venue that brought many national acts and thousands of patrons to downtown Clearwater, out of business.
The parking lot that was used for four years to park patrons of Club More is still an empty piece of property. The Farmer's Market had relocated there for a few months, but surprise, surprise, no one came by and it was discontinued. Now every Monday, there is a group that meets there to give assistance to the needy. Other than that, the lot is empty. Every evening it is dark and empty.
This obviously is the way the city managers wanted it. I find it hard to believe that they can sleep at night and ponder the future, considering what they did to Club More, and still mention the words "downtown development." Club More was the best thing for downtown development, and the city forced us to close our doors.
Now farther to the west down the street is the Superpower Building, inching its way closer to completion, when it will draw to downtown several thousand more people on a regular basis. The only problem is, it will attract only Scientologists.
This is good for downtown development? I guess it is if Scientology is the priority of your downtown. I believe this is the case, and in my heart I know the reason the parking privileges were taken from Club More was not the "parking on unpaved property ordinance," but the fact that we hosted the benefit concert to help the Lisa McPherson Trust. Do you think that it is a coincidence that they too, have been run out of town?
I think not. Certainly, downtown is a better place today than it was a year ago (with Club More being closed), and gosh, I just can't wait until the Superpower building is completed. Then Clearwater will really have a future to plot. A cemetery plot.
Beautiful buildings often rooted in religion
Re: Flag Building final nail in coffin, Aug. 27 letter and other letters by David Rodman.
After reading several letters in your paper from the letter writer in question, I decided it was time to address his obvious campaign of hatred against my church. Like arrows from a bow, he hurls unfounded accusations toward the truth of what Scientology is and what it actually does for the community and the world at large.
The Church of Scientology, among other things, provides the best method of handling many of the problems that plague society today, including drug addiction and illiteracy. I have firsthand knowledge in this area, as I have participated in these programs and would have gladly donated tenfold the amount I did for the opportunity to live the drug-free life that I now lead and gain the competency I now exhibit in my daily life. I personally know many others who feel the same way.
From the letter, one would be led to understand that because they are beautiful structures, Rome's Sistine Chapel, the Mormon Tabernacle of Salt Lake City, the Christian Scientists' Church in Boston and the Washington Cathedral, along with hundreds of others, are not churches. I believe this ignorance of architecture is mirrored by the letter writer's ignorance of theology.
I have delightfully contributed thousands of dollars to the new (Scientology) Flag building, not just for the beauty of the structure but because it is my sincerely held belief that what will be done there will do a lot of good for mankind. Famine, war and suffering so eagerly written and sensationalized in any local paper would lead one to believe that things surely should be better.
Speaking of which, I have a great project for all letter writers. I would love it if everyone wrote to the St. Petersburg Times to share the good news of what your churches are doing for the betterment of our community. This would be more in accordance with all religions that abide by the Golden Rule.
Photo of firefighter, son portrayed love
Re: To grieve once more; emotional service honors those who died selflessly, photo, Sept. 12.
The photo of Clearwater fire Lt. Geraldo J. Cruz and his son, Dalton, was so beautiful. The caption should read, "Two faces of love." Thanks to Times photographer Carrie Pratt.
One Stop Career Shop opens door to ID theft
I was reporting to the One Stop Career Stop (a program you must comply with while on unemployment) in Clearwater. I walked into a room where about 30 people were sitting and standing. The sign-in sheet asked for my name and my Social Security number.
I refused to place my Social Security number on the sheet. The lady told me I needed to and I still refused. This paper was sitting on the end of the desk where anyone could take it. I spoke up, and three or four gentlemen went back up and erased their Social Security numbers.
When they called my name I went in another room with this lady, and she asked my Social Security number. I gave it to her, and she wrote it in bright blue gel ink on her copy of the sheet that was up front on the desk. As she was trying to get the computer working, I could have written down anyone's Social Security number.
I am appalled. With all the fraud and stolen identities, why would a government agency do this? I thought it was illegal to do this. How is the government protecting us with stuff like this? People need to be aware.
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