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Today's Letters: Safety, welfare before new toys

By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published April 25, 2007


Instead of the April 23 headline reading Clearwater wants a facelift, maybe it should have read this: Clearwater city officials want a facelift for the city. Now that the controversial Penny for Pinellas tax is locked in for another 10 years, it appears that officials can't wait to get their grubby hands on our tax dollars and can't spend the money fast enough.

Does Coachman Park really need a playground? Personally, I resent our tax money going for a "feel good" project like a playground. In my opinion, it's nothing but a waste of our hard-earned money.

And if the Penny for Pinellas tax hadn't been voted through again, city officials wouldn't have the extra money to toy with.

I don't know whom the city officials are trying to appeal to for votes, but I will guarantee this: They won't be getting mine.

I'd like to see the money benefit the safety and welfare of all the residents.

For instance:

1. Extending the time at crosswalks from 29 seconds to a more reasonable amount of time so that all pedestrians can safely cross the street.

2. Taking care of the potholes on our roads so we don't have to dodge them as we drive, and other necessary road projects.

3. Putting in more streetlights so that all of the roads are safely lit up at night.

4. Keeping railroad crossings and tracks safe.

5. Providing shelters for the homeless.

All I ask is that our officials use our money wisely because I don't want to receive another letter in the mail asking me to donate money for the pet projects our elected officials would like realized but don't have enough money to finance them.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

Despite budget woes, grand plans

We left here two weeks ago, and the headlines in the Clearwater Times section were about how to cut the Clearwater city budget.

On April 23, the headline was Clearwater wants a facelift.

Did the city get an anonymous multimillion-dollar donation over the past two weeks? I must have missed that issue of the Times, even though my neighbor saves the back issues for me when we are away.

Why must we always tear down and never preserve and make over the existing buildings?

Fran Glaros-Sharp, Clearwater

Student awards showcase the best

We've all heard about the number of minority youths who are underachieving or who are involved in antisocial behavior. Nothing new about that or about the lack of coverage of positive news within some communities.

However, I would like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to the student honorees at the 22nd annual Joseph L. Carwise Student Achievement Awards Program held April 21 at the Harborview Center in Clearwater.

The students who were honored (approximately 200 elementary, middle and high schoolers) demonstrated academic excellence (honor roll) and excellence in character (good citizenship).

Each student was escorted to the platform by a teacher from her/his respective school and the student received a plaque for his/her achievement.

There were also a number of scholarships granted by a number of community organizations to graduating seniors who are continuing their education beyond high school.

It was a beautiful affair and the entire community should be proud of these young people, their parents (families), teachers, sponsors and all supporters. It was a job well done by the Superintendent's Minority Student Achievement Awards Committee.

Continued success to all.

Lonnie Stafford, Clearwater

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