Today's Letters: First, cut the politicians' perks

Published March 25, 2007

Re: Tax ax could chop up services story, March 21

Clearwater identified cuts in services if the Legislature returns property taxes to the 2001 level.

To the city staff and City Council: Thanks for the doomsday list of service cuts. This list is compiled specifically to scare the general public. Shame on you.

We had all these services in 2001 and with frugal management of our tax dollars, we can trim the budget effectively and reach a goal that will benefit all financially strapped property owners.

Maybe we could start by restricting vehicle purchases to work vehicles only. Okay, all you politicians, turn in your cars that are paid for by taxpayers. And stop all those trips to conferences at posh resorts. Cars and conferences are dispensable.

Gail Randle, Clearwater


Marina shouldn't be the priority 

Re: Tax ax could chop up services story, March 21

I've got a suggestion for those Clearwater city leaders who are "horrified" and warning us of dire circumstances if property taxes are rolled back to 2001 levels.

Reallocate the $12-million you have earmarked for the new city marina. You'll be two-thirds of the way to resolving your $18-million shortfall.

Certainly, our city leaders must agree that police services, libraries and recreational centers are more important than 129 boat slips.

Don McCreery, Clearwater


Our protectors need our support 

Re: Tax ax could chop up services story, March 21

The Clearwater Police Department increases the quality of living in our community in many ways. They are concerned with enforcing the law and preventing crime.

They have been, and continue to be, a leader in developing specialized programs to meet the needs of the people they serve in Clearwater.

I was totally shocked to learn about the proposal to drastically cut, or even close, this fine agency. If this should ever come to be, it would be the beginning of the end of Clearwater.

I am very proud of the Clearwater Police Department and would like to take the time now to thank each and every one of these fine men and women for protecting and serving me.

We must all work together in addressing this issue. This fine law enforcement agency needs community input and support now more than ever before. This is our opportunity to protect and serve them.

Patricia McPhillips, Clearwater


Largo could learn from Pinellas

Why can't Largo be more tolerant of transexual/transgendered persons? Why can't they be more like Pinellas County?

Do the Largo city commissioners realize that 15 to 20 years ago, the director of the Pinellas County Health Department was a transgendered male doctor? Do they know that a transgendered male taught some seminars to Pinellas County employees? (This person taught at one of the area's fine colleges!) Do the commissioners know that one of our beautiful Pinellas County parks had a transgendered employee on staff?

Where is the "progress" in Largo? Thank God for "Progressive Pinellas"!

Jim Ponticelli, Clearwater