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Today's Letters: Largo city officials asleep at the wheel

Published August 21, 2007


Re: Vote costs hundreds of jobs story, Aug. 7

I resided in Largo seven years ago for more than four years and have been a resident of Pinellas County for 29 years. I cannot believe the Largo City Commission did not approve the deal for a business to expand in Largo and the reason the vice mayor voted against the plan was because she did not have enough information.

When it seems more and more people are leaving the state due to our taxes and insurance, the ability to keep and expand jobs in our county should be a foremost concern.

The fact is that Largo only had to contribute 10 percent, or $90,000, as an incentive for a company to expand its business and create 300 new jobs with an average salary of $40,000 per year. Did the commissioners not do the simple math? Three hundred jobs would contribute $12-million a year to the community in wages alone. Not to mention that each employee would have to have a residence in the county.

When you break it down, it would have cost Largo $15,000 per year. Break it down further, it would have cost Largo $50 per employee. Don't you think each employee would have contributed more than $50 to the Largo tax roll through property taxes and sales tax?

This is unbelievable how commissioners could take such an uncaring attitude toward the future growth of their own city and county. It was negligent on their part and they should be held responsible.

The response we got was that they did not have enough information. Well, your job is to get the information.

It is clear why Largo has struggled mightily behind Clearwater and Dunedin. They have no vision of the future and don't handle the important matters well. They would rather fire a top-level city manager due to his gender issues. These types of people should not be leading our communities.

Stephen A. duQuesnay, Oldsmar

Dumping pets at shelter is so cruel

It amazes me how many people think that dumping their pets at an animal shelter is like a day at the spa for the precious animal. They may be safe in shelters from outside environments such as cars and cruelty, but not from stress, which in turn causes illness and sometimes death.

Shelters have great volunteers and employees who do their best to comfort pets that have been dumped off, but many go through a detachment period, waiting for their family to come back for them. This is the thanks these pets get from you?

When you get a pet, it's a lifetime commitment. I don't find any good reason for people to dump their beloved pets at shelters. There are products for people, as well as animals, to control allergies. The Internet is a wonderful tool to find alternatives for whatever your excuse.

Keep your commitment to the animal or you find a better, forever home. Because chances are, if you have to dump them off at a shelter, the beloved animal won't live long enough to be adopted. Think about that when you go to sleep at night.

Belinda Blease, Largo

Re: Forecasters jump gun on hurricanes letter by Jack Bray, Aug. 15

Storm coverage questions sanity

Mr. Bray of Dunedin described it well, but I wanted to express my own gratitude to modern technology and development of the remote control. It enables me to quickly change channels when those individuals that augment the forecasters display their dubious mental capacity by exposing themselves to heavy rain, high winds and flying debris so as to let the viewers know we might have a storm.

As Sgt. Friday of Dragnet used to say: "Just the facts."

Dewey Regan, Port Richey

Thanks to rescue team, a life saved

On July 13 my husband had a stroke at our home in Dunedin. One phone call and within minutes the Fire and Rescue Team from the Dunedin station responded. I praise them for their promptness, their knowledge and the swiftness to get my husband, Len, to the emergency room at Mease Dunedin Hospital.

There, the emergency room doctor and all the staff worked miracles. Without them, Len would not be able to be here at home and doing so well.

I feel we do not thank these courageous and well-trained people for all they do. So from Len and myself, thank you for saving his life.

Margie and Len Skinner, Dunedin

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