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Today's Letters: Surplus should not go into recycling

Letters to the Editor
Published January 27, 2008


Curbside recycling may be offered countywide Jan. 23, story

The idea that Pinellas County should do "free" curbside recycling paid for with the surplus from the waste management budget is ridiculous.

Let's not spend surplus money earned from the county's waste-to-energy facility on waste management. Any surplus should go back to the taxpayers or, as a second choice, go to help pay for more essential services.

Curbside recycling is nothing more than a sop to the environmentalists. We don't need another fleet of trucks running around picking up different garbage content. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is dead right on this.

And the Madeira Beach mayor who thinks it's fine as long as "the county" pays for it needs to wake up to the fact that we, the taxpayers, are the county, and the state, and the federal government. There is no free money anywhere.

Robert Potter, St. Petersburg

Curbside recycling may be offered countywide Jan. 23, story

Support curbside service

I urge all your readers to call the Pinellas County Commission (727-464-3377) to support the proposal to institute curbside recycling throughout the county.

Congratulations to the commission for coming up with a proposal that will end the shameful waste of tons of recyclable material. I hope that all the commissioners will support this program.

Richard Vanni, Seminole

Curbside recycling may be offered countywide Jan. 23, story

Stop being so wasteful

If the county's plan would provide curbside recycling free of charge to every community in Pinellas, I say go with it.

Let's stop our wastrel ways and adopt a wise-ways policy. Recycling should be placed on the public agenda because it's a sound recipe for practicality. Most progressive communities have it.

In a way, waste in the present exploits the future. Our conservation credo should be: Prepare for your tomorrows today! To recycle is to reuse, which is making continued utility out of things galore that we'd otherwise put in the garbage. Recycling means efficiency, economy and expedience - satisfying everyone.

Robert B. Fleming, St. Petersburg

Want to help parents navigate magnet maze? Jan. 23, story

Why are some excluded?

I read this story and learned the Pinellas School District and its superintendant for student assignment were looking for volunteers to help African-American parents only. Reading further I learned there would be "mini-fairs" for black parents where these volunteers would assist black parents.

These "mini-fairs" are being held on public school grounds. Why aren't parents of all colors being offered this assistance as the headline implied? Why are some being excluded from this public school event?

Glenda Pittman, St. Petersburg

More tea dances, please

We were very sad to learn that the St. Petersburg Coliseum ballroom's weekly tea dances were reduced to two Wednesdays a month. Please do all in your power to have the every-Wednesday tea dances at the Coliseum resume.

We, along with many people who enjoy ballroom dancing, selected St. Petersburg as our residence because of the many dancing opportunities. Having retired, we prefer to attend afternoon tea dances rather than go out in the evening. We appreciate your efforts in this recreational and pleasurable activity.

Carol Carrick and Jack Burton, St. Petersburg

Condo buyer, developer lock hornsJan. 20, story

City lax on inspections

I must empathize with Tom Reamer and share his belief that the city of St. Petersburg takes a lax approach to building inspections.

I live at Del Centro Condominiums, an 11-unit townhouse development in the Old Northeast built in 2005 by Gannaway Builders. Our exterior door frames are rotting away because untreated wood was put on bare concrete - a clear building code violation.

Where was the city?

Dennis Shelt, St. Petersburg

A hero on the highway

In these days when almost anyone is being called a hero, I have a hero I'd like to be recognized. On Jan. 14, I had a medical emergency while driving south on Interstate 275 right before the Fourth Street exit. I had to pull into the emergency lane, and Trooper Maynard of the Florida Highway Patrol quickly pulled in behind me. I told him my problem and he promptly called Pinellas paramedics.

That's not the whole story, since anyone might be expected to do that. Since the Pinellas paramedics took so long because they had to go all the way to Tampa and turn around, he contacted Tampa Fire Rescue, which responded much more quickly.

But that's not the entire story. All this while Trooper Maynard stayed with me and with his calm and comforting reassurance helped keep me alive as I had about given up all hope of recovery. And to top it all off, he actually called a friend of mine who later moved my car from the scene. My hat is off to Trooper Maynard, and I sincerely hope that his life and his family's life is full of good health and happiness. Thank you, Trooper Maynard.

Cliff Meyers, St. Petersburg

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