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    Letters to the Editors

    Jays fans help Dunedin, so please stop whining

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published November 21, 2001

    As loyal Blue Jays fans from Toronto who have been coming to Dunedin for 25 years (initially for spring training), we decided, upon retiring 11 years ago, to spend three months each year in Florida. Because of the Blue Jays, our first choice was to stay in Dunedin.

    We wanted something on the water. After visiting the Chamber of Commerce, we went to several condos and left our names and telephone number, address, etc. No one replied, so we went elsewhere in the area.

    We like Dunedin. We come there quite often over the three months, show the town to visitors, etc. We much prefer to shop on Main Street or in smaller malls rather than Countryside Mall. We have eaten in many of your restaurants, in addition to Iris'. We have purchased gas, pottery, fish, gifts and Lonni's sandwiches, among other things.

    We have golfed several times at the Dunedin Golf and Country Club. Many of our friends who come for spring training stay in Dunedin accommodations. We now have four tickets to all spring training games.

    People of Dunedin, please stop whining. Just because we are not always decked out in Blue Jays shirts and hats doesn't mean we are not in your town spending money. Bear in mind that the money we are spending equates to $1.62 Canadian for each $1 U.S. We must want to come back!

    But, quite frankly, we are getting tired of your attitude toward all of us. The letter to the editor published Nov. 7 states that the Blue Jays are European-owned. This is, of course, incorrect. Ted Rogers, a proud Canadian, bought the team.
    -- Barb and Art Wade, Toronto, Ontario

    Everyone can help feed the hungry

    Re: Family vows to help keep agency's pantry full, story, Nov. 15.

    The idea proposed by the Sultenfuss family of asking doctors to help make up for reduced donations to the Religious Community Services food pantry is most commendable, but stops way short of the real need of the north Pinellas area.

    In the county north of Ulmerton Road, there are five major food pantries and numerous smaller, church-sponsored pantries. Religious Community Services endeavors to serve most of the Clearwater people in need.

    However, that is only a fraction of the people who are looking for help in this hour of trial caused by the onset of this recession. Church and Community Outreach Inc. serves Safety Harbor, Shepherd's Center supplies Tarpon Springs and its surrounding area, while FEAST Inc. reaches from Tarpon to Dunedin and east to the county border. Also in Clearwater, St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen serves hot meals to all who can get there.

    All of these have had a large increase in the demands made on them to feed the hungry, so I am calling on doctors, business people and citizens of all types to come to the aid of our neighbors.

    The Food for Families barrels in Publix and Kash n' Karry grocery stores are supplied by Divine Providence Food Bank, and the donations placed in them go to the food pantries associated with Divine Providence. Most of the pantries named in this letter are members and will benefit. So as you go about your family buying for the holidays this year, buy an extra can or two, or better yet, purchase one of the store's prepared bags of food and drop them in the barrels as you go home.

    It has been my privilege to be involved with feeding the hungry of upper Pinellas County for more than 20 years, and I am currently providing liaison between Divine Providence, the large participating stores and the pantries of upper Pinellas. We must not let these needy people down this year. God bless you and God bless America.
    -- Gloria Bruckart, Palm Harbor

    Why restrict watering from wells?

    Re: Be wise in using water; drought is still with us, guest column by Ronnie Duncan, Nov. 14.

    This column by the chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District governing board was all well and good. Freshwater should not be wasted on landscapes. But I challenge him to defend in another column why the watering restrictions ever pertained to shallow wells.

    When those restrictions were announced, the director of utilities for Pinellas County said he was surprised by Swiftmud's action: "Well use doesn't affect any aquifer or any lakes or wetlands that are under stress."

    He later said something to the effect that such undrinkable waters (which run maybe 20 feet below ground level) are on their way to the gulf and are wasted if not intercepted, utilized to water landscape, and returned by gravity to the underground streams.

    He wisely initiated a system whereby his customers in St. Petersburg and certain other areas of Pinellas could register their wells with the county and gain almost unlimited use of such underground waters. Unfortunately, this did not apply to residents in communities such as Tarpon Springs where water is not purchased from the county.

    I put in a well years ago to conserve freshwater and its expense and still have an attractive lawn, which, because of Swiftmud's restriction on shallow wells, I've now had to replace, not once but twice. I hope that the Times will give Mr. Duncan the opportunity to defend or rescind Swiftmud's restriction on shallow well usage.
    -- R.C. Zahn, Tarpon Springs

    Reason for parade time: 11-11-11

    Re: Parade time was insensitive to people attending church, letter to the editor by Joan A. McLead of Largo, Nov. 14.

    Ms. McLead, you apparently do not know the history of 11-11-11. The armistice was signed at the end of hostilities in World War I on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11 a.m.

    What a shame this interferred with your 11 a.m. church attendance, as I would imagine there were other arrangements you could have made to attend another church service if this Veterans (Armistice) Day program was important enough to you.
    -- Inez M. Laubaugh, Belleair Bluffs

    Clarifying who founded UPARC

    Re: Dunedin leaders roll through issues, story, Nov. 10.

    In the brief resume of some of my activities, you mention my involvement with the Upper Pinellas Association of Retarded Citizens (UPARC) and credit me with having founded this organization.

    The fact is that Marion P. Smith, a compassionate, caring and devoted friend of the developmentally disabled, deserves the recognition for that accomplishment. He is an outstanding advocate for UPARC and is a former president of the national organization. As a close personal friend of his and an admirer, I would not want to detract from his recognition.

    My role in a similar capacity is with the foundation that nurtures and supports UPARC.
    -- William E. Hale, Dunedin

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