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Tuesday, August 26
Re: “Domestic partnership isn’t the same as equality,” by Tiffany Razzano, July 24.
Editor:
I read your article in the Dunedin Beacon, “Domestic partnership isn’t the same as equality,” this week.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I am truly sorry the lady did not look up from her paperwork to take the time to tell you and Julie that it would only take five minutes to complete the paperwork.

Your article was written so well and from the heart that if people did not get it before they might now.

It made me smile to read your story in the Dunedin Beacon. Please continue to write articles similar to this and one day soon maybe marriage will be legal in all 50 states.
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Editor:
I read in the paper this morning that the Seminole City Council voted 6-0 to retain the city manager for another eight months. That certainly is their prerogative and may be the right decision given the negotiations on the Mall.

However, I think it was not a good use of taxpayers’ monies to grant him one week of vacation for every month worked. What a deal. Given the eight months he will have worked, he would have had two months off. Come on, let’s get real here.

Roney Sorensen
Seminole
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Editor:
It has been interesting to see the letters both praising and lambasting the Seminole City Council’s vote on the Greenlight Pinellas plan. I encourage those folks who prefer to speak with knowledge on the issue to watch our July 8 meeting via the city’s website, my

seminole.com. The council does not lack understanding of the plan. They do, however, know that Webster’s defines “to endorse” as “to publicly or officially say that you support or approve something or someone.” As we are a representative body, it would be inappropriate to suggest that all of our constituents support the plan by approving the resolution. In fact, the majority of messages we received were against the project.

The Greenlight plan is an approved referendum on the November ballot. We chose to let the voters decide this issue without prejudicing them by approving the resolution. Perhaps those chastising us would have us follow the slippery slope and begin “endorsing” candidates for office, or maybe just let the council decide all elections for them? No, that would be antithetical to the founding theory of this great nation.

None of the Seminole City Council members spoke against mass transit in Seminole or Pinellas County, nor against improvements to the PSTA bus service as some have alleged. We simply opted to let the American Democratic process take place where it belongs, in the voting booth.
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Editor:
I could not attend the Aug. 12, 2014, council meeting due to a work-related out-of-state trip.

I appreciate the good work which Manager Edmunds has done for our city and with him I have always comported myself with respect. Edmunds’ leadership includes the responsibility to answer taxpayers’ questions. The problem lies with his unwillingness to provide answers to serious questions. His choice is contrary to open and transparent government.

Public requests for information require answers. Every taxpayer should be alarmed when their City Council actually passes a motion, July 8, 2014, which allows the city Manager to avoid questions. This gives carte blanche to our manager to dodge any questions which he claims “not in the best interest and/or necessary and/or beneficial to the city.”

Negative attention has been drawn to our city because of this lack of accountability. This has prompted a groundswell of community members contacting me to persist in getting my questions answered and also their asking of new questions.
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Editor:
My ice cream comes in containers of only 1 and a half quarts, instead of full half gallons.

They say, “At least we didn’t raise the price.”

My sugar comes in 4-pound bags, instead of 5-pound bags, now.

They say, “At least we didn’t raise the price.”
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Tuesday, August 19
Editor:
Sports fans in Pinellas County once again were given the short end of the stick on viewing the Major League Hall of Fame induction at fabled Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 27 because the Major League Baseball network isn’t linked to any one of our four cable systems in the 17th ranked market in the nation.

It boggles the mind as to why it was not aired on ESPN as it is with its NFL counterpart. Just defies logic when ESPN discards the baseball awards, which wasn’t always the case. Then, FOX Network should do the honors as long as they carry the All-Star Games, the playoffs and the World Series. As for ESPN, their mid-summer crown jewel is the home run derby and the playoffs. The Tampa Bay area fans as well as the LaRussa family got the shaft with this lack of continuity.

We deserve better.

Art Bailey
Seminole
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Re: “City manager model fails in Seminole,” by Tom Christy, Aug. 14.
Editor:
Having been the chair of the recent Charter Review Board for the City of Seminole, I wanted to chime in on Tom Christy’s comments from last week.

The 2014 Charter Review Board met five times from February 18 through April 15 of this year. While these meetings were recorded and are available on the myseminole.com website, the lack of presence of the public at these meetings should be a wake up call that our residents may not be as engaged in local politics as they can be.

Concerns like those from Tom Christy could have been addressed during the public comment portion of the meetings. As chair of those meetings, I would have given wide latitude to anyone who wished to address us regarding changes to the charter. Something as important as this, I feel, demands more than the typical three-minute comment period at the city council meetings. There would have been no problem having a spirited dialogue during those meetings to address anyone’s concerns.

The charter review process is not perfect. There is no template or guide to tell us what steps to take and how to proceed. That can be both good and bad. Future charter review board members need to understand that they can and should advance their own individual recommendations for enhancement of the charter when they see a need for it. If there ever was time to bring up new ideas regarding our municipal operations, the charter review meetings were that time.
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Editor:
It must be election time in Seminole because once again Tom Christy has submitted his name for a position on the City Council. The voters of Seminole have rejected him four times already. Maybe it’s because he runs a negative campaign every time.

This time his argument is that the city manager form of government is the wrong way to run this city. After almost 20 years as a city manager, Mr. Frank Edmunds has moved the sleepy city into a vibrant and attractive community to live in, work in and to educate our children in. He has also brought in many new businesses, which enhance the quality of life in our city.

Over the last four years, he has cut about $3 million from the city budget without changing any service to our residents. In 2008 the economy took a nosedive, but Mr. Edmunds kept the city in the black while many cities around us were cutting services. He has put together a great staff of department leaders who help Mr. Edmunds run our city like a Swiss clock.

At the council meeting of Aug. 12, many of the city business leaders praised Mr. Edmunds for this great work and implored him to please reconsider his retirement option, which he did, and he will stay with us until August 2015.
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