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Tuesday, September 30
The deadline to submit letters to the editor for the Nov. 4 election is Friday, Oct. 10.

Tampa Bay Newspapers will print no letters to the editor pertaining to the election after Oct. 17, unless they are in rebuttal to letters printed that week.

No letters from candidates will be printed. Letters should not exceed 500 words.
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Editor:
As a result of recent disclosures, it is evident that we cannot trust Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to manage the $2.2 billion Pinellas Greenlight mass transit system. Pinellas voters will vote on a referendum to raise Pinellas sales tax 1 percent in November.

Recently, PSTA was required to re-pay the government $354,000 for misuse of federal funds and more recently, it was discovered that PSTA agreed to pay $180,000 toward cleaning up soil and water contamination at the site of its former St. Petersburg bus depot.

Since Pinellas residents are not riding the buses, why should we raise taxes to provide more transportation?

Rather than raising Pinellas County taxes to 8 percent, the highest sales tax in the state of Florida, I suggest that PSTA begin “housecleaning” and start with Brad Miller and Ken Welch. The sooner the better.
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Editor:
In the words of a popular television personality: “Stop the Madness.” Greenlight Pinellas and its accompanying billion-dollar plus fiscally reckless planned light rail is just another taxpayer extortion referendum initiative.

The pervasive stick-it-to-the-taxpayer mentality in Pinellas County must cease. As a former frequent PSTA rider, I have observed firsthand the preponderance of empty buses, and read in the newspaper skewed ridership counts (PSTA counts every transfer as a new rider).

Also as a previous PSTA rider, I can express firsthand, that it’s rarely a pleasant experience when subjected to the following: unkempt individuals, riders with offensive body odors, profane language, unsanitary buses, crying babies, late buses, lippy bus drivers. Need I say more?

Additionally, even if the referendum passes, and a bus is scheduled every 20 minutes, if new riders are subjected to any of the aforementioned, or feel unsafe (especially women) they will not ride again. Plain and simple. One million a month riding the train (which will not happen) at a hypothetical $3 per fare generates only $36 million per year. Can you say long-term indebtedness?
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Editor:
I am a rail buff and public transportation believer. I used public transportation in Boston during high school and college; I have used the public systems in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. They are a wonderful, welcome relief from the trauma of road gridlock and car costs.

I am very skeptical that Greenlight Pinellas will deliver on the promised improvements. The history of the many transportation schemes in Pinellas County does not favor such fulfillment.

Some of the unexplained downsides of the light-rail proposal:

- Right of way acquisition, eminent domain very likely.
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Editor:
There are ongoing decisions being made as to how to pay for the Treasure Island Bridge upkeep. The rumors about a tax increase and a bridge toll have been bantered about. These bridges are aesthetically unique and offer beautiful views of the waterways.

Having to wait in long lines just to stop for a toll would be a total detriment to the tourist and residents of Treasure Island.

It seems that I get stopped every time I cross over the TI drawbridge to wait for a sailboat to pass. No matter what day of the week or hour of the day, the drawbridge goes up and people wait with their cars running because it is too hot to turn the air conditioning off.

I would like our local government to consider a tax or an assessment on yacht owners. It could be a charge for carbon emissions to pay for the bridges. That may sound crazy since yachters generally do not use much gas, but think about the lines of traffic waiting patiently for the one of two yachters, who have the luxury of sailing on a work day. Today, Sept. 9, I counted about 12 cars in the northbound lane and 16-18 cars on the southbound side waiting about 10 minutes while one single sailboat slowly navigated through the channel under the bridge.
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Tuesday, September 23
Editor:
There is usually not much funny on the front page. However, lately condo owners complaining about having to abide by the rules they agreed to is hilarious. Remember the origin of the word condo: rich guys (bankers) needed a con to make more dough so they sell people apartments and then continue to charge them rent.

Call it anything you want, it is still an apartment. “Maintenance fees” and HOA dues are just other phrases for rent. True ownership comes with many responsibilities but it is better than having someone tell you what color to paint your home, when and how to decorate, or throw you out so they can make more money. And don’t get me started about renting a car for years.

A.W. Simpson
Clearwater
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Re: “A growing weariness of things Islamic,” Bob Driver’s column, Sept. 18
Editor:
Bob Driver’s condemnation of the dastardly deeds of ISIS which is terrorizing Iraq and Syria is valid. His search for an explanation does not emanate solely from the region of the Middle East but he expands it worldwide with the element of fear, the essential ingredient for bias.

His statement that “the terms ‘terrorist’ and ‘Muslim’ strike synonymous chords in our minds” is shared by too many Americans because the media rarely interview the Islamic scholar or writer or journalist. Driver is the living proof. I and many others who have additional information do not agree that the two terms are synonymous because we have done our research online and on local radio. We have heard Muslims stating emphatically that the behavior of ISIS is non-Islamic and repugnant.

Finally, Driver condemns the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan by pontificating that “treachery and corruption are deep in the DNA of (their) national leadership.” There is a country dear to Driver and me that possess the same DNA: “treachery” by not representing the “people” and by ignoring time and again its Constitution; “corruption” by ignoring the “common good” for the private good.

When a small segment of a bona fide religion corrupts the name of its religion, it is illogical and repulsive to include all the members of that religion with the DNA of that small minority. That reasoning is invalid.
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Tuesday, September 16
Editor:
This past week I had the pleasure of attending the dedication of the Madeira Beach 9/11 Memorial. While it was well attended, moving and a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives that day as well as testament to the bravery of firemen everywhere, I could not help but wonder how many of those attending gave pause to consider the tragedy we witnessed that fateful day and were now memorializing could have been prevented. To keep this fresh in our minds is equally as important as recalling the sacrifices made that day.

We Americans have a tendency to reduce to slogans the significant events in our history. We then use these slogans to rally the faithful and in so doing overlook the invaluable lessons that were there to be gleaned from these experiences. I refer here to events like the bridge at Concord, the first salvo fired at Fort Sumter or the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nowhere in the slogans that were created to memorialize these events is there a scintilla of information that would help in preventing things like these from happening again, only enough information to rekindle our anger when they are recalled.

This is especially true in the case of the Al Qaeda-inspired attacks in 1991. Here the lesson we should have learned was the fact this tragedy was made possible only because of the failures of our intelligence community.

We must remember, if we have any hope of preventing a recurrence, that had those responsible for our nation’s security not been engaged in their internecine warfare between agencies, more concerned with who received credit for the intelligence gathered than in sharing it between the agencies involved, then 9/11 would have no more significance on the collective psyche of Americans today than 9/10 or 9/12. There is not a citizen in this nation who will ever need a memorial to remind them of what happened on that fateful September day. Unfortunately, there are far too few Americans who can explain how we allowed it to happen. Lest we forget!
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