Skilled labor is hard to find | Aug. 30
Hiring women in construction jobs
The shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry is real, but it also offers young people and career changers the opportunity to make a living wage and start a career, not just a job, in an exciting, fast-moving industry. The Tampa chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction is actively addressing construction workforce development in the Tampa Bay area through education, support and service. Our educational outreach programs build interest by introducing elementary and middle school students to the career opportunities available in construction. Our scholarship program builds futures by offering college and vocational scholarships to young women and men studying construction-related careers. Through our national foundation, the NAWIC Education Foundation, we build marketable skills with adult education programs and certifications teaching construction-specific skills. We also help build our local community by sponsoring work days and providing financial support to benefit local nonprofits. By living out our core purpose to enhance the success of women in the construction industry, we help to build the construction workforce this community needs.
Britt Galipault, St. Petersburg
The writer is vice president of National Association of Women in Construction, Tampa Chapter No. 36.
Many voted, and undervoted | Aug. 31
Don’t vote if you don’t know
The idea that all voters should vote in all races makes sense only if those voters are informed to the point that they have reached a somewhat considered opinion of whom to vote for in every single race. To the contrary, voters who have not had the opportunity to satisfactorily educate themselves about any given race should indeed skip that race, rather than taking a "shot in the dark." The alternative, which we know to be a very real phenomenon, is elections based upon an emotional response to the sound of a name, having nothing to do with the person who bears that name.
John Day, St. Petersburg
What my mother said | Letter, Aug. 31
Hear, see, speak and vote
As far as I know, the term "monkey" as used in recent politics has only been applied when referring to people of color such as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as adviser Valerie Jarrett. So I say if "monkey this up" is a slur, turn it into a slogan, a rallying cry for change. See No Evil: See a brighter future for all. Hear No Evil: Hear ideas to solve the state’s problems around poverty, lack of medical and mental health care, underfunded schools and correctional facilities, gun violence, a failing infrastructure and environmental challenges. Speak No Evil: Speak truth. This is one old white lady who fully intends to "monkey this up" by supporting as the next governor of Florida the sole individual who addresses these concerns: Andrew Gillum.
Joan Costello, Clearwater
The culture war is on | The Left/Right File, Sept. 3
What would Jesus do?
The evangelicals being targeted by the Trump fear campaign needn’t worry about losing everything they’ve worked for during the midterms. They should worry instead about abandoning the teachings of their savior, who preached against violence, bigotry and hatred.
Dennis Bush, Tampa