Letters to the editor deadline for November 8 election Oct. 7 is the deadline for submitting letters to the editor pertaining to candidates in the Nov. 8 election. No letters will be printed after Oct. 20, unless they are in direct rebuttal to a previously published letter.
Editor: The Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District has placed a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot with some very deceptive language. A “yes” vote will cause voters to lose the right to directly approve future tax increases, a right they currently have. That power grab is not disclosed in the ballot language.
Worse yet, the referendum uses the words “reduce” and “reduced” when in fact an approval would cause a new property tax to be added to the existing flat tax, causing an increase for every property owner in the district. This will result in the fire taxes for many folks to more than double after the first year, and allows the district the power to more than double them again in subsequent years.
Several citizens offered clearly worded ballot language to PSFRD back in May and I’ve been asking the fire district’s leadership to post their ballot language to their website, but they’ve refused both. Instead they’ve been using taxpayer funds to promote their new tax.
The PSFRD has had a very contentious relationship with its five member cities in the past. In 2006 it got so bad that four cities asked the county to conduct a study into its finances.
Editor: It is truly a gift to be friends with Tom Christy. He is the candidate with a heart. Tom is a very kind and compassionate candidate. Tom truly cares about others. Tom is an usher at Blessed Sacrament for the past three years. Previously, he was an usher at St. Justin Martyr for 10 years. He goes out of his way to help others. Fellow parishioners at Blessed Sacrament love and respect Tom.
Tom Christy’s reason for wanting to be elected as City Councilor is to be a voice, representing all residents of Seminole. Tom Christy truly cares about the city and residents where he owns a condo at Seminole Gardens. Previously, Tom has been vice-chairperson for the city of Seminole charter review committee in 2009. Tom volunteered his services because he cared. Tom has experience, as he served on the city of Tonawanda, New York City Council.
Tom Christy has great empathy for the handicapped and disabled. He has great support and compassion for veterans. Tom Christy sees great hope for the city of Seminole. Elect Tom Christy. He will very compassionately serve the residents of Seminole.
Editor: It’s an exciting time to live in Seminole! We’re beginning to get a glimpse of the future with the rise of Seminole City Center, the starting of the Waterfront Park for canoes and kayaks and the construction of the first hotel in Seminole, the Holiday Inn Express.
The historical society’s new home is now complete as is the senior center at City Park.
All of this took great vision, planning and negotiating to be accomplished. Jim Quinn and Thom Barnhorn have been involved with these developments from the beginning. They have the experience and dedication to keep Seminole moving forward.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to support their re-election to Seminole’s City Council in November.
Editor: We all know about the war on Christianity, both in our country and globally. Many pastors and church leaders appear reluctantly to preach to this and other issues. As shepherds of God’s word, pastors have a duty to shepherd their flock. If they are worried about a divided church, the church is already divided. The pastor has a duty to address the truth regardless. Look at the challenges that Jesus and his Disciples encountered.
Political guidelines for pastors and Churches: Outline what a pastor is legally able to preach in accordance with the IRS guidelines. Franklin Graham has stated that Christians must vote their Christian faith and biblical values. Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th century French Political historian stated, “America is great because America is good; should America no longer be good, America will no longer be great. “ Lastly, Ronald Reagan stated, “Without God, there is no virtue because there’s no prompting of the conscience. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under America is one nation under God.
Editor: Unlike our national election where we have to hold our noses and choose the best of the worst, our local Dunedin election will be held to a higher lever. All candidates are good people and have the best for Dunedin in there hearts. Citizens will be the winners no matter who sits in those big leather chairs.
Sometimes taking a step back is not a bad idea. Let’s go back to Delightful Dunedin and not Home of Honeymoon Island.
Let’s go back to electing our city officials by popular vote and not by numbered seats.
Let’s go back to changing our city flower to something more appropriate. I bet you didn’t even know the citiy’s flower is the magnolia. The oange blossom may be a good choice.
Editor: I have been watching closely the completion of Seminole City Center as it begins to take on some sense of structure completion. As a long time certified contractor I’m greatly disappointed at the lack of architectural character in the buildings that are being completed!
The developer had a blank canvas and this is the best they can do with this signature project in the center of our town - square boxes?
I went to some of the early meetings when the developers introduced themselves and promised so much, at the same time wanted a large contribution from us taxpayers to help them make more profit. They have no excuses; they bought this at fire sale prices and yet they aren’t giving us any architectural character we can be proud of. They have plenty of money to give us more creative exterior design than this. It looks like any other project up and down the road in any city.
Even Pinellas Park built themselves a clock tower in their building that was a railroad station to give it some character.
Re: “Will history repeat itself,” letter, Sept. 8 Editor: The letter writer proclaimed, “Andrew Jackson became one of our greatest presidents.”
Are his bookshelves lined with authors such as Mother Goose and the Brothers Grimm? Has he forgotten the Trail of Tears?
Thousands of innocent lives were lost under the direction of Jackson. Look at any accredited list of the worst presidents of all time, and one doesn’t have to go very far down to find the name Andrew Jackson.
Editor: I would like to thank the county waste water guys and pumper truck drivers who worked around the clock to try and stay ahead of the storm water intrusion in the town of Belleair’s sewer system during tropical storm #9 aka Hurricane Hermine. I spoke with some of the pumper truck drivers. One man told me he was here from Georgia and at the time had not slept more than a catnap in his truck in four days. That was Saturday. I hope everyone realizes that while we were celebrating this Labor Day weekend with friends and family these wonderful men were still working. You are truly the unsung heroes of this storm.
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