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Letters to the editor: Enjoying Bayshore

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Enjoying Bayshore

That was fast! Week before last we learned from the news that Bayshore Boulevard is the most visited park in Tampa. Last week we learned that the only public parking lot on the Bayshore will be closing immediately.

I propose that the city of Tampa work with the proprietors of Parkside One, the two churches, the Garden Club, the Women’s Club, Raymond James, the office building at Bay-to-Bay and Isabella, the Academy of Holy Names, the Colonnade Restaurant and any other buildings on the Bayshore that have parking lots, perhaps even the more distant convention center.

I am sure a system could be worked out by which their lots could be used by visitors to the Bayshore when the lots are not needed by these institutions. There could be a system of fees and stickers for regular visitors who can afford a small fee, and then other spaces for visitors from outside Tampa and those who can’t manage the fee. The money raised by the fee could be split between the institutions and the city. Easily identifiable and changeable signs in each of the parking lots could indicate when they are available.

City and county taxes go toward the upkeep of Bayshore. Speaking as a resident of Bayshore Gardens, I say it would be a shame if only those who live nearby are able to enjoy it in the future.

Elizabeth Corwin

Tampa

Pot propaganda

I am responding to the article in the June 1 Views section “Look at Big Sky Country for the dangers of legalizing pot.” There are always two sides to every story. Everything stated in this article can be very easily disputed with the exception of this sentence, and I quote: “There’s an illogical deluge of propaganda out there.”

This article is a prime example of that propaganda!

Isn’t it ironic that the war on drugs referenced in this article primarily targets plants that grow naturally all over the world? Hmmm!

Bob DeVore

St. Petersburg

‘Symbolism over substance’

According to Climate Central, China burns 4 billion tons of coal a year. The United States burns less than 1 billion tons — the EU 0.6 billion tons. So explain to me how the new U.S. EPA plan is going to halt climate change. Another “symbolism over substance” policy by our president.

Robert Smolenski

Sun City Center

Climate-change diet

I am delighted that EPA has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent.

The meat industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In the meantime, each of us can reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of plant-based lunch meats, hot dogs, veggie burgers and dairy product alternatives, as well as ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are readily available online.

Thomas Carter

Tampa

Obama’s ‘damage’

After ordering the release of five senior Taliban terrorists, how much more damage can President Obama do to our country before he, thankfully, leaves office in 2016?

Kit Werremeyer

Valrico

Obtaining Medicaid

In response to Brenda White’s letter regarding her disability and getting insurance (“Scott and Medicaid,” Other Views, June 1), I was an insurance claims analyst for years and can give her some clarity. If she has actually been diagnosed and approved by Social Security as disabled, she should be receiving SSI and Medicare or Medicaid, not paying for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. If she is eligible for Medicaid, then why is she not getting it — maybe her income is too high?

Medicaid is still in force in Florida. Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature only refused the additional money for Medicaid expansion. She may even sign up for Medicaid at www.myflorida .com/accessflorida, and if she is eligible she will receive her card within weeks. I have done this for people, and I know it works.

If she is not eligible for SSI or Medicaid, then her argument should be with President Obama, who apparently was wrong about insurance under the Affordable Care Act being affordable. She needs to ask him if he really cares about her as a citizen, what is he going to do for her?

Mary Ellen Horrell

Dunedin

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