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Big business has control over county

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 14, 2001


Editor: Re: Let your voice be heard on the Wal-Mart proposal, May 11 guest column by Linda Prescott:

Where were you, Ms. Prescott, when the residents of Berkeley Manor were trying to keep Lowe's from intruding on their community? Do you really think Wal-Mart is any different than Lowe's? Please, get real; big business leads this county around by the nose because of the taxes they will contribute. The residents of this county do not stand a chance, as you will find out.

It is quite strange that Commission Chairman Chris Kingsley has all of a sudden decided to "neaten up" U.S. 19 from Spring Hill Drive south. What about U.S. 19 north of Spring Hill Drive? There is traffic congestion from Forest Oaks Boulevard to north of Berkeley Manor Boulevard and Breakwater. Do the commissioners care? I think not, or they would have done something to prevent it.

Don't count on getting any cooperation; we did not. Just keep in mind there is always the election to rectify a mistake. Use your vote.
-- Jini Sommerfeld, Spring Hill

For parkway complaints, suggest some solutions

Editor: Re: Parkway deserves its complaints, April 26 letter to editor from Ann Wilson:

It should be brought to your attention that the Suncoast Parkway was not paid for by taxpayers' money. It is paid for from a public bond money that is paid for by the users of the parkway through the toll process.

And again I say, if you don't want to pay, don't drive on it. I use it and so does every member of my family and lots of others I know. It saves time and wear and tear on your auto. It is none of your business if others want to use the parkway. I will agree with you that you should have the right to complain, but if you have no constructive criticism to go with the complaint, then don't complain. Get involved with the problems and give solutions. Don't just complain to the editor of the newspaper.

As far as your comments about Gov. Jeb Bush, you have the right to question him, but if there is something bothering you, call him or e-mail him; he will respond. I have had very good conversations with him. Try talking to him before you hang the man.

As for as giving the commissioners positive suggestions, I agree. But when you are so negative and offer no suggestions for solutions, then you become part of the problem. Get involved. Moaning and groaning get you nowhere.
-- Billy Luecke, Spring Hill

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