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Today's Letters: Fleet event deserved priority

Published May 27, 2007


I was very surprised to see the small number of people at the Pier on May 19, Armed Forces Day. There was no coverage from the St. Petersburg Times nor attendance by the city of St. Petersburg. Except for one little article in the middle of the Neighborhood Times (Blessing of the Fleet is Saturday at Pier, May 16), there was no support.

Members of the Coast Guard risk their lives 24/7 in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.

I was aboard a Coast Guard auxiliary vessel and saw no more than 20 people on the Pier. Of the 20, most were family or friends. Is this any way to treat the men and women who risk their lives for boaters and vessels in the St. Petersburg area?

The Times did have a half-page article about the barbecue at Vinoy Park on May 20 but no mention of the Blessing of the Fleet. Where are your priorities?

Don Kansorka, Pinellas Park


Friends there in time of loss

With all the bad news that we read every day in the paper, I feel I should write about the good people. I recently lost my husband of 64 years. I can't say enough about all my neighbors and friends who were there with food for days and prayers for my whole family.

Ruth Mansfield, St. Petersburg

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