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Jetty needs lights on south side

Letters to the Editor
Published October 26, 2006


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Re: Why no lights? Oct. 25

The accident occurred on a moonless night. The black rocks (of the Clearwater Pass jetty) were invisible against the black sky, and their height concealed the pass channel beyond from the small, low boat. The wind was from the north, so there was no wave line along the south side of the jetty. The skipper was inattentive and moving too fast for cautious nighttime piloting.

The jetty should have a row of lights on its south side. They need not be very bright. They can be mounted too low to be seen from the pass channel, and can be shielded to be seen only by directly approaching vessels.

Maintenance is an expense that might be worth a life or two. Then, again, maybe not.

Bud Tritschler, Clearwater

How about some low-cost housing?

The story of the private landowner in Dunedin who was willing to sell his property, which has access to the water, to the city of Dunedin for a city park has dropped off the radar since the state denied part of the funding.

If the funding for the park cannot be obtained, I have a suggestion. The Pinellas County Commission and Dunedin officials have both expressed their deepest concerns regarding the lack of affordable housing in this county.

On that site, let's build affordable housing, with access to the Pinellas Trail and the water!

This county and its cities have provided an endless stream of funds to subsidize the rich in this county: $30-million promenades, beach replenishment, infrastructure for developers - the list of welfare for the rich is endless.

Here's a great opportunity for the city and county to find the money to build low-cost housing.

Carl J. Babnik, Dunedin

Re: No union, but problems persist Oct. 11

Discrimination is on both fronts

After reading yet another editorial in your newspaper about the city of Safety Harbor, I felt I needed to speak out.

I am the wife of a Public Works employee and have personally dealt with the city's issues for almost 30 years.

I am personally sick and tired of hearing about the "racial" issues, the union issues and the management issues. Does this mean I don't believe these issues exist? No. The city has discrimination issues, but what nobody is saying is that the issues exist on both fronts, black and white.

Your readers have never gotten the whole story, nor do I feel they ever will. I hope some day people wake up and realize that they cannot believe every word that is written. There are always two sides to a story.

The city is trying to correct these issues. It's time to back off and allow them the space they need to better the working environment for every worker in the city.

Focus on the positive, work on the negative.

Work as a team and everyone will be better off for it.

Dawn Huffman, Clearwater

Wallet is lost, honesty is found

It is refreshing to encounter a manifestation of honesty. This happened to me when I recently lost my wallet.

On returning home on the second day following, I found it on my doorstep with contents untouched.

I can think of no other way than this to thank the person who found it and anonymously returned it.

Thank you for sparing me a load of grief.

Leo B. Weiner, Tarpon Springs

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