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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000
What an interesting request you have made. I look forward to reading people's hopes and dreams for our city and the officials who help us keep things running smoothly 90 percent of the time. They may be right the other 10 percent of the time, but because of our lack of understanding of the issues, we think they are wrong and tend to tell them so.
I say yes to a gift-wrapped vote for Bill Horne to be Clearwater's city manager and for more than the interim. The thing I like about Bill Horne is that when something isn't clear to him, he will ask questions. Most officials refuse to ask questions, thinking it may make them appear stupid. I want those in charge to know all the details before they vote on important matters for our city.
I have many wishes for our Clearwater city officials, but most of all I wish them continued health and success in all their endeavors. The ones I really have good wishes for are the folks who keep looking for perfection in others while ignoring their own imperfections. There are no perfect humans except our Lord Jesus Christ.
These persons who do their best to do the job we elected them to do have a hard enough time just studying the many issues and trying to give us their opinions without having to deal with people who object to what's being discussed because they don't completely understand issue.
My last wish is that we as humans would learn to love one another and to accept everyone as they are and stop judging each other, but leave that up to our creator, who knows our every thought and action before we do. Life could be much easier if we followed God's wish to love everyone and thus show our love for him in so doing.
I wish love, mercy and peace to everyone during this holy season and the year ahead.
-- Fran Glaros, Clearwater
If I were Santa, my gift to the city of Clearwater would be many more citizens who would do their best to understand community needs; to be generous with donations or volunteer work that would support those needs; to treat their fellow citizens, elected officials and city staff with respect; and to vote whenever possible, but only after careful study.
-- Mary Moore Boulay, Clearwater
If I were jolly old St. Nick, I would immediately put D.D. Davis Park back on the map. Originally it was scheduled to be developed in Clearwater near the entrance to the Lake Chautauqua walking trail at the south end of Landmark Drive.
After the trail was constructed, the sign that read, "Home of D.D. Davis Park'" quietly disappeared. A park at this location would directly benefit the residents of four housing developments near the trail and everyone who uses the Lake Chautauqua trail.
The walking trail is great for older children and adults, but a playground with swings, slides and climbing bars would allow our younger citizens to enjoy the area. And it is safely tucked away from high-speed traffic. There may even be enough land for a tennis court. A covered picnic area would encourage neighbors to get together for picnics, children's birthday parties or impromptu socializing.
D.D. Davis Park would strengthen the community-mindedness of these subdivisions; it would bring people together. As stated in Clearwater's "One City. One Future. A Vision of Our Future," all of Clearwater's neighborhoods are a very special part of the entire essence of our special city. Mayor and city commissioners, what say you?
-- Stephanie Lundy Brown, Clearwater
Please get rid of the round and around, going-nowhere circle on Clearwater Beach. A mistake then, a mistake now.
Please, Santa, give us back Clearwater Beach, daily walks and visits.
-- Helen E. Gallagher, Clearwater
Remember when we had the slogan "Sparkling Clearwater"?
The addition of all the beautification on our streets has made a very nice impression, but the litter and cigarette butts added to our streets and sidewalks leave a different image.
On Jan. 20 the youth of Clearwater Christian College (with Dr. Ken Hess supervising) will do their bimonthly cleanup of the Clearwater side of the Courtney Campbell Parkway. They average 40 bags of trash and other items each time they clean up.
Do we have a city ordinance pertaining to littering of streets and sidewalks? What is the fine? If so, is it enforced?
My wish is for the City Commission to adopt and enforce such an ordinance.
-- John Wiser, Clearwater
I would love to see a Borders or Barnes and Noble bookstore at the old Kash n' Karry site on Park Boulevard between Seminole Boulevard S and 113th Street. If not that, then a tea house or a roller rink for families to enjoy. Maybe a miniature golf place.
There is no entertainment for us to take our children to except movies. The new recreation center is good for the oldies -- 70-plus -- but what about the kids? Some kid said to me, "It's boring here!" We have more restaurants and drugstores but nothing for our children.
We ought to think about our kids and have more things for them. The Pow Wow is only one day. We need things every day and weekends, where the teens to little ones would have fun things to do. And the tourists can feel we have a great community and spend money here.
-- Lenda Valentino, Seminole
All I want for Christmas is a lifetime supply of plastic dog-dirt retrieval bags for dog owners who use the Pinellas Trail for the sole purpose of letting their dogs litter the area with foul-smelling, germ-ridden fecal material.
A gift from the county commissioners would be an ordinance with hefty fines for dog owners who use the trail for this purpose. Double the fine if they permit their animal to defecate on the paved part of the trail and triple it for use of a bridge to perpetrate this foul deed. The sheriff could deputize all the auxiliary rangers so they could cite dog owners who ignore the ordinance.
-- Lawrence F. Bredestege, Seminole