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Complaining residents need to top saying 'give me'

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2000

Re: Residents criticize housing chief's pay, story, April 24.

Yet another article concerning "give me, give me, give me." Whoever Helen Piloneo is, she obviously earned her pay increase due to effective management.

The complainers in this article admit receiving improvements, yet now want a lawn, storage areas for patio furniture and speed bumps. Look at the picture with the story. That resident's porch has an abundance of tropical plants and a 10-speed mountain bike on it. Grass seed costs about $5 and will not increase the water bill. Perhaps the state should sod all areas, provide storage sheds and install speed bumps so the residents can complain about not having a pool.

Another resident states he received a letter due to a dirty dish in the sink. Come on, sir, I was born at night, but it certainly was not last night. If I want grass in my yard, my porch screened or anything else, I put aside a few dollars at a time until I can just plain pay for it. Why can't people accept another person being successful in her position without demands of "give me"?

Subsidized housing with improvements made to it are certainly not widely available in other cultures or countries. Why not be thankful for what you do have? By the way, I am disabled and live on Social Security.
-- Dave Flowers, Tarpon Springs

Goodbye and good riddance to unhappy neighbors

A Times reader wrote on April 25 that he was cutting his losses and moving to another city. Another wrote on April 26 that she was also leaving. Both of these neighbors felt that the state of affairs in Clearwater was so awful that they could no longer tolerate living here.

The public departure of my unhappy neighbors got me to thinking, and it took about five seconds to discover my true response. Ta-ta.
-- David Regan, Clearwater

Roundabout sends Clearwater shoppers out of town

I live in north Clearwater Beach, not Largo. But I am now shopping at the Publix located at Ulmerton and Indian Rocks roads about two or three times per week. This may not seem like a big deal to those of you living on Indian Rocks Beach, but it is a big deal to the residents of north Clearwater Beach.

I apologize to the manager at the Island Estates Publix, where we have been shopping for five years, because it takes us longer to travel to Island Estates than to Indian Rocks Beach. I really like the Island Estates store, but I just can't get there from here since the roundabout was implemented. I guess this is what you would call "Class D" service. Thanks, (consultant) Charlie Siemon and Mike Roberto!

On our last trip to the Ulmerton Publix we found movie theaters and a great library in Largo that were much more accessible than Clearwater facilities. Now, I have to apologize to more people in Clearwater. I really like Clearwater's library and theaters, but I just can't get there from here.

Largo is becoming our "One City. One Future" instead of Clearwater because it takes less time to travel there than it does to downtown Clearwater. Please don't think I am shallow because I am a convenience-based consumer; many of my friends are convenience-based as well and we vote.

So, why would we vote for the redevelopment of downtown Clearwater? We can't get there from here!
-- Jack Haydon, Clearwater

A resident votes: Let the fruit stand stay

Re: Media last resort in vendetta against fruit stand, letter, April 23.

I think the fruit stand should stay. I was raised on Jackson Ranch next to Boot Ranch from 1956 to 1972 and I remember the stand. There are no simple landmarks for Palm Harbor. It is not a city, so I think the people should rule, not Jo An Totty.
-- Cleveland Smith, Oldsmar

Ignorance, prejudice come out in the end

Re: Clearwater sends message about city e-mail system, story, April 24.

I tend to agree with Tyrone Booze when he says that the e-mail circulated by a Clearwater garbage supervisor to a co-worker could indicate the existence of prejudice. Jokes that obviously degrade an individual, group, race or culture cannot be construed as anything other than an attempt to degrade.

The excuse that "I was only joking" is often made to hide the well of prejudice and perhaps even hate from which such jokes spring. Anyone who is the brunt of degrading jokes should look at the joker with suspicion of his true intentions. If it is an isolated incident, then perhaps the only thing at play is ignorance, and all that is needed is a sharp rebuke to educate the individual.

Fortunately for us, people inclined to degrade others are not usually bright enough to remain forever hidden, thus, the e-mail.
-- Robert Magness, Dunedin

Roundabout strands emergency vehicle, compromises safety

My first question to my CPR instructor was about emergency vehicles' use of the roundabout. Can residents and visitors be confident that they will get emergency help in a timely manner on Clearwater Beach? His answer was a resounding yes. Help is available on both ends of the beach and from Clearwater. And they can drive against traffic to get to the emergency.

On April 16, I once again heard the sirens heading toward the beach. I was appalled as I went from Island Estates to the north beach to see the emergency vehicle stranded on the center median just east of the roundabout, wheels still spinning in the air. I assume it had traveled west to the beach on the wrong side of the road and then to get to the roundabout had tried to cross the median, getting stranded in the process.

As I returned to Island Estates the emergency vehicle was still stranded and police were blocking traffic from going around the circle, causing cars to exit the beach area, go east on the causeway, make a U-turn and get back into the traffic that was headed to the beach.

I would sue the city and Mike Roberto if it was a member of my family waiting for the emergency vehicle. The city needs to look again at a plan that puts in extra streets, allowing traffic to avoid the roundabout. And at the same time we could put in a lane for Island Estate residents only so that we can get to our home in a reasonable length of time.
-- Allyson Janos, Clearwater

Roundabout gets easier when there's no traffic

Thank-you for the many letters about the problems at the roundabout. They sure helped reduce traffic. No traffic, no problems.

Spring break is almost over and the traffic is moving well to and from Clearwater Beach. I know of only two traffic tie-ups. One tourist was so enthralled with the fountain that he forgot to turn and drove straight up the side of the fountain.

The other was an ambulance that straddled the divider at the center of the bridge leading into the beach and got stuck in the middle, causing traffic to be reduced to one lane each way.

Thanks again for your help.
-- Steve Yuhase, Clearwater

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