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Editor:
I wanted to send in this letter of support for the developments proposed for the areas along 150th Avenue/Tom Stuart Causeway in Madeira Beach. I grew up in Redington Beach in the ‘70s, played Little League baseball and even assisted with building the original baseball fields at what is now R.O.C. Park in Madeira Beach, and I now live just across the Tom Stuart Causeway in Seminole. I consider Madeira Beach the center of my “hometown” since all of our small local communities are so interconnected.

For a time in the ‘80s, I lived in Fort Lauderdale, and have been witness to the skyscraper wall along the beach over there known as The Miracle Mile. I understand that some local residents fear the proposed re-development as “too much change” and do not want a concrete wall of condominiums. Quite frankly, neither do I. However, it is important to understand that change is a natural progression of life.

Let’s be honest, the parcel of land on the east end of 150th Avenue at the foot of the bridge is currently an eyesore. Some type of development will happen; that is inevitable. The row of small retail spaces on the west end of 150th Avenue dates from the 1960s and does not have any historic charm of say, Amelia Island, and nothing notable by the way of shopping as in St. Armand’s Circle.

Change is inevitable, so I suggest that we embrace the change, but certainly manage it, and make Madeira Beach an even more desirable destination than it is today. To quote Alan Watts, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
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Re: ‘Traffic Woes,” Seminole Beacon, June 23
Editor:
In response to the article about traffic woes on 86th Avenue, I live on Park Boulevard and would trade those people on 86th Avenue any day for the drag strip we live on. I know how frustrating it is when a 25 mph sign is posted and people have no regard for it; we have a 35 mph posted by our home but most people go at least 50 or more. On a daily basis people are racing on Park Boulevard; weekends are the worst with motorcycle riders blaring down Park Boulevard with the rest of the speeders. I am scared to death just going out to get mail from our mailbox, wondering when someone will come up over the curb and run me over!

I have written several letters to our local Sheriff’s Office. They have set up speed traps once in a while, which is great, but something needs to be permanent. Speed humps are not an option on Park Boulevard but a flashing sign stating speeders are being monitored or a bright green or yellow sign stating it’s a residential area and please slow down, anything at this point would be helpful. I would hope our hard-earned tax dollars could pay for some sort of signs etc. to protect those of us who live on busy streets. On the rare occasion people are actually going the speed limit I can’t even tell there’s traffic.

Seminole is a great place to live but those who have no regard for our speed limits in residential areas are ruining it for those of us who reside there. Now with the Seminole Mall being constructed I can’t wait to see what kind of traffic problems will come with that. I am all for progress and Seminole has a lot to offer but the traffic and speed control is terrible and all I see is it getting worse.

Robin Carson
Seminole
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Editor:
I don’t doubt there are speeders driving above the posted speed limit on 86th Ave. Is this supposed to be news? Fact of the matter is every roadway in our city and county have drivers who ignore speed limits.

Seems to me a lot of print space was given to this non-issue in the Seminole Beacon. Not only was print wasted but the discussion by the elected officials was also a waste of time.

Councilor Springer wants to have a workshop to discuss the issue? Are you kidding me? Come on folks, let’s get back to the real world. Yes, some drivers ignore speed limits. News!

Pinellas County Sheriff does an excellent job of maintaining the safety of our residents and by the way, writes more speeding tickets in our city then most other cities three times our size.
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Editor:
I don’t doubt there are speeders driving above the posted speed limit on 86th Ave. Is this supposed to be news? Fact of the matter is every roadway in our city and county have drivers who ignore speed limits.

Seems to me a lot of print space was given to this non-issue in the Seminole Beacon. Not only was print wasted but the discussion by the elected officials was also a waste of time.

Councilor Springer wants to have a workshop to discuss the issue? Are you kidding me? Come on folks, let’s get back to the real world. Yes, some drivers ignore speed limits. News!

Pinellas County Sheriff does an excellent job of maintaining the safety of our residents and by the way, writes more speeding tickets in our city then most other cities three times our size.
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Editor:
Of course the problem is guns! Every day in the United States 27 people lose their lives to a firearm. We repeat the scale of carnage seen in Orlando every other day in our country with no notice in the press just because it is dispersed geographically.

To make the choice of scapegoat between guns and Muslim is a red herring. It makes no difference whether the person pulling the trigger is a radical Islamist, an American white supremacist, an unstable mentally ill person, an abusive spouse, a curious toddler or a depressed senior citizen. They are all lethal because they have a gun in their hands.

The issue is not a constitutional right. Gun safety advocates propose reasonable regulations on the types of guns one can possess legally. There are always reasonable regulations pertaining to any right. My First Amendment right to free speech does not permit me to fallaciously shout, “fire” in a crowded theater.

Would anyone argue that my right to bear arms would permit me to buy a cruise missile with a nuclear warhead and park it in my backyard? Semi-automatic firearms with high-capacity magazines are weapons of mass destruction designed exclusively to kill large numbers of human beings efficiently. Why does any ordinary reasonable citizen need to own one of those?
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Editor: 
Yes, America is in trouble morally, economically and militarily, and this presidential election is more important than any since World War II, and we had better get it right. 

I feel that this election will be decided by the evangelical voters and unlike the last presidential election where more than 10 million evangelical voters did not vote, I feel that the evangelic voters will come out in great numbers and decide this election. Evangelicals and all Americans are watching closely to see if Biblical values and principles that affect public policy are endorsed and embraced by candidates in the general election in November, and will vote accordingly.

Charles Graham
Pinellas Park
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Sunday, June 21
Re: “Why all the stink over bathrooms?” Tom Germond’s column, June 16
Editor:
While your editorial comments were somewhat entertaining, you missed the main point in your June 17 observations about the transgender bathroom controversy.

It’s primarily not about who is let into the mens rooms, it is who we let into the ladies restrooms.

We have an adult daughter, a daughter in law and five granddaughters who live in Pinellas County. Common sense should tell you that allowing biological males to use ladies restrooms will eventually embolden the nearly 2,000 sexual predators in Pinellas County, not to mention the nearly 1 million sexual predators in the United States, to use this as an opportunity to gain access and eventually commit some heinous sexual crimes against girls and women.

In this regard, we believe society’s first priority should be protecting the safety and security of all girls and women in public restrooms over political correctness running amok in our culture. That is what the 99 percent of us protective parents and grandparents should be thinking about, not about the feelings of the 1 percent confused people who don’t know who or what they are! 
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Editor:
In the June 9 edition of the Seminole Beacon, Debra Saunders wrote a column in which she dragged out all the tired, baseless assertions that the Republican right trumpets about Hillary Clinton’s supposed mendacity.

Sure - go with your strength. Trash Hillary about (horrors) alleged misuse of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. Let’s set aside for now that Hillary has been the target of Republican witch hunts since at least her days as First Lady, and that none of the numerous politically-inspired investigations has so much as laid a glove on her.

Let’s look at the character of the person the Republican Party will nominate to oppose her for the presidency of the United States. (His complete lack of background qualifications is a separate conversation).

Donald Trump has shown himself to be a despicable human being. That this is so has been repeatedly proven by his viciously insulting and denigrating comments directed to (in no particular order) American soldiers who have become prisoners of war, individuals with disabilities, women, immigrants, African-Americans, Mexicans, and Muslims, among others. If that’s not enough, he had even resorted to making up insulting nicknames, such as a third-grade schoolyard bully for his Republican opponents.
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