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Dunedin's delights in eye of beholder

Letters to the Editor
Published August 2, 2006


Re: Dunedin lacks too much to be delightful, letter, July 20.

I was amazed to find that the letter writer actually lives here, in such an awful, boring and uninteresting place.

Imagine not finding hordes of people running amok, trying to find a decent cup of coffee and a newspaper - not to mention the boring stores that have the audacity not to stay open until midnight.

And the park is so small, but it's sweet and dear and smells of roses.

Webster's Dictionary defines "delightful" as "highly pleasing, happy, creating great joy and pleasure." In the short time I have been in Dunedin, that sums it up for me.

I agree it's not perfect. Is there anywhere in the world today that is?

Perhaps the writer might consider moving 3 miles down the road. Clearwater has a lot to offer a bored Dunedin dweller - plenty of tacky shops that stay open late, and Coachman Park packs in thousands for concerts.

Perhaps Dunedin planners don't want "excitement" in this delightful community.

Josephine A. Moore, Dunedin

Sodium-filled snacks do not fall under healthy category

Re: A frying shame, story, July 30.

Addressing student wellness and eliminating most fried foods from school menus to combat childhood obesity is a good start.

As I read the "Elementary Guidelines," I noticed that the students will be allowed one nutritious snack per day under a teacher's supervision. While that alone seemed to be reasonable, after reading examples on the snack list, which consisted of Goldfish crackers, pretzels and popcorn, I did a double take. Since when have sodium-saturated snacks become nutritious?

In my opinion, snacks such as this are junk food. And even if a teacher watches as the students ingest them, it will by no means improve their quality.

Is there anything wrong with eating a nice snack of fresh fruit and/or vegetables? Not only is it nutritious, but it is tasty and can be fun finger food as well. It would also give children the opportunity to learn about vitamin content and a marvelous experiment that would give teachers the chance to be creative, while hopefully instilling good eating habits as well.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

Tarpon Springs police force perfect for a small town

The Tarpon Springs Police Department is an outstanding example of what a close, small town represents and needs.

We (and I'm speaking for a number of my neighbors, friends and acquaintances) feel it is important to be able to pick up the phone and hear a voice - one that listens carefully to what you have to say - that replies, "An officer will be over within five minutes."

The best part is that the officer sent knows where you live. He or she does not have to consult a map, take the long way around or wonder if your call is important.

The very best reason for retaining our great Police Department: We know these officers care, and they know we are not bringing them out for a wild goose chase.

Marilyn Margon, Tarpon Springs

Requesting a visit from a good Samaritan who helped injured

While taking my daily walk, I took a bad fall on Beltrees Street. A good Samaritan came to my aid, called 911, took me home and then went back and found my glasses along with the lens that came loose, brought them back and gave them to my husband.

In the confusion of the accident (and dealing with) the paramedics and the police, we did not get her name before she quickly left.

My husband and I both want to thank her and if she is in the neighborhood, we would like to have her stop in so we can meet her and thank her personally. I don't know what I would have done without her. It is comforting to know that there are kind and considerate people.

Elsie Payne, Dunedin

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