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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 15, 2001
There comes a time when you have to stop and smell the roses, and not look a gift horse in the mouth. Old adages, yes, but they apply here.
Throughout the course of my life in the business arena -- some 20 years -- I have had the privilege of meeting a variety of managers at different management levels, even several at the Fortune 500 and 400 levels. It is my opinion that Clearwater interim City Manager Bill Horne is as qualified as they come.
Three new commissioners will take their place on the Clearwater City Commission this month. One of their tasks will be to hire a permanent city manager. Bill Horne will be a candidate for that position. As president of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, I would like to remind all of our commissioners and our mayor that Bill Horne has done and is doing a very good job. It is a job he deserves to retain.
As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The job of city manager certainly is not broke.
If you really just have to spend money, spend it on a visitor information center on the beach. It is broke, so let's fix it.
-- Louis Piano, president, Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce
Would you believe, I went to vote Tuesday and found that my ballot would not go all the way into the slot so that the red pins protruded. A poll worker suggested that I try another machine.
I did so. My ballot almost fit, but not quite. The same poll worker took my ballot and forced it to fit. The poll worker never considered that there was a fit problem, or that my vote might not be going to the candidates for whom I chose to vote.
After all the problems with our recent presidential election . . . amazing, to say the least.
-- Richard Bauersachs, Clearwater
Re: Casting vote lets you be involved, March 12 letter.
Thanks to the friendly and efficient people helping me, voting didn't take long. I would have waited gladly. For me, voting is never a boring civic duty; it always involves pride, loyalty, determination, excitement and satisfaction. It's like cheering for your team in a vitally important game.
The most meaningful thing I do is to vote.
-- Mary Moore Boulay, Clearwater
Re: Co-op funding renews tax district debate, March 5 story.
The Times is to be complimented on the subject article. The North Pinellas section of your newspaper is often the only unbiased news the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District residents receive. The monthly newspaper in the district is owned and published by an individual who is also the chairman of the East Lake 2000 group promoting this additional tax.
The article was most informative and gave all the facts the voters of East Lake should be aware of. As a person quoted in the article as being opposed to this new and additional tax, I would like to add one more fact. Government taxes cannot be used to support a private organization, i.e., the Upper Pinellas Youth Association.
Last but not least, how many referendums must be defeated before East Lake 2000 and its board of directors understand we do not want another special tax and we do not wish to become an incorporated municipality with all its encumbrances and additional taxes? Defeated referendums in 1992, 1994 and 1996 were enough.
Let County Commissioner Susan Latvala and the Board of Commissioners revise the library co-op to include the East Lake library without the interference of East Lake 2000, an organization made up primarily of business people who do not even live in the district.
-- C.G. 'Chuck' Schult, East Lake
Re: Club asks for building's demolition, March 3 story.
I am so sorry for those individuals who do not share the same vision that many of the local residents of this community have. Many have worked hard on researching the possible revenue-making ideas for this building.
To have such a small group of people, some of whom do not live in the area, work so hard to discourage any possible chance of positive growth in the Sutherland area of Palm Harbor is upsetting.
Because of one man's vendetta, all local business people and residents will miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a meeting place in downtown.
As a member of the Palm Harbor Historical Society, I would like more of our older buildings saved and restored. These structures we save today will be our history for tomorrow.
-- Vida James, Palm Harbor