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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
Published January 9, 2007


Wells could start local water war

While throughout Florida, cities, counties and the state are preserving land to provide habitat for wildlife and passive recreation to future generations, Pinellas County officials are backpedaling as fast as they can.

The list of proposals is astounding, considering the small area of parks and preserves we have left and considering the county's own master plan to manage these parks and preserves and protect them from the pressure for more active recreation.

Pinellas County officials have no idea how their well pumping will affect wetlands and pine flatwoods in the Brooker Creek Preserve, and they don't want to know. And they don't want the public to find out either.

Many of the bird species that are rare elsewhere in Pinellas County depend on the areas where the proposed pumping is to occur. Who is to say that pumping during an extended drought won't seriously affect the prey species that they depend upon?

In addition, the rest of our area is in a severe water shortage. ... If I were Pinellas Utilities Department head Pick Talley, I'd be embarrassed to even ask to pump water from the Floridan Aquifer when others are under watering restrictions.

Is this the beginning of the water wars, part two? Let's hope not, but pray that our county commissioners come to their senses and stop the insanity, including the pumping from the aquifer and the proposed athletic fields in the Brooker Creek Preserve and decide to do what the public has asked and protect our public lands.

Don Margeson, St. Petersburg

Re: Many can't afford displays, letter by JoAnn Lee Frank Dec. 29

Some keep Christ in Christmas

Agreeing with a Christmas Day guest columnist (Christmas will always be for Christ, Dec. 25 guest column by Fran Glaros) that outside decorations seem to have been downsized this year, Frank then deduced that "even though many seniors would prefer to hold on to old traditions, there are priorities. Living on a tight fixed income doesn't leave room for frivolity."

Okay. I wondered how she knows the houses with fewer or no outside lights have seniors eking out a living inside. There are seniors in my mobile home park who did not decorate their coaches (love that description) and flew to north country or the border country to celebrate Christmas. Two houses. Fixed income? Perhaps. But big fixed incomes.

Why is it that seniors are almost always pictured as lonely, frail, living in rundown mobile homes, eating pet food so they can pay for medications? As a senior, sometimes I feel like a pinata that has been hit too many times.

In due respect to the letter writer, maybe those seniors and others who have cut back on those frivolous expenses realized that this year they would rather focus more on the birth of Christ and forego the distraction and logistical nightmare of stringing lights and plastic Santas with reindeer all over their house.

One would hope they attended church and thanked God for sending joy to the world.

Jack Bray, Dunedin


Show Christianity through life, love

The well-meaning letters about the Safety Harbor City Hall nativity scene are a sad commentary, obliterating the true meaning of the Christian life. (I love the scene, but it is only a symbol.)

If we are to win people to Christ, it will be by our lives and our love, not by war, imposition of our will or argumentation.

If someone disagrees with us, is it love to tell them to move to Iran or Iraq, as one letter writer did? A hymn states, "They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, they will know we are Christians by our love" (exemplified by your Jan. 5 story about retired county administrator and two-star general Fred Marquis' mission trips to Belize.).

The Apostle Paul says that without love, we are just clanging cymbals.

Henry L. King, Clearwater


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