Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading


Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy Campaign

Give your child the gift of reading

Part of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point for the New York Knicks, we always had plays designed to help us score. We practiced these plays repeatedly to make sure we could execute them during games.

At every stage of my athletic career, I was a distributor. My responsibility was to give my teammates a chance to succeed. As a father, that’s also my responsibility to my kids. All Pro Dads must design the game plan that gives kids the best chance to win. Like a quarterback, every decision you make correlates with their ability to achieve.

Players get excited for big games. Our kids are getting excited about Christmas. Holidays are a wonderful opportunity to build long-lasting family memories. One way to do that is by giving them a book as a Christmas gift.

A book is the most versatile gift you can give. Whether it’s engaging your child’s imagination in fairytale lands or learning about the lives of all-star athletes, books have the power to initiate creativity, spark innovation, and open countless new opportunities to your child. Not only will they foster a love for language and develop vocabulary, they’ll also help you strengthen relationships with your kids as you sit down to read together.

Giving a book to your children can encourage them to come to you, read with you, and reflect on what they’ve learned. Creating inseparable bonds and cherished memories that will last is what the holiday season is all about.

All Pro Dad and the Florida Department of Education have collaborated on the Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy Campaign. Join the thousands of parents who have discovered the benefits of reading with your children at:

Charlie Ward, Pensacola

The writer is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Florida State University who serves as a spokesman for All Pro Dad. He and his wife, Tonja, are parents to three children.

And now create your own public apology
Dec. 3, Perspective

One offender missing

Thirty men are named in this article. Twenty-nine are pictured. Is Donald Trump not as important, not as powerful, not as guilty as the other 29?

Kathleen Ball, Tampa

Cesspool getting bigger

Your photo array of those facing damning allegations of inappropriate behavior had a few interesting omissions considering your political slant.

Per honest disclosure, this Fox News viewer says you should have included the narcissistic Neanderthals Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. But perhaps, sadly, there is not enough room these days to mention everybody in the current cesspool.

Kenn Sidorewich, Oldsmar

2018 elections

Christians are energized

It was not the Russians, it was American Christians who elected Donald Trump president — and for good reasons. The Democratic Party has turned its back on Christians in America, as verified by their past leader, President Barack Obama, who said America is no longer a Christian nation, which of course is not true.

Although church attendance is down, more Christians are watching church services on TV, attend Bible study groups in their condo or homeowners associations. In fact, Christians are praying more than ever before and for good reasons.

We need to thank our many Christian leaders like Franklin Graham and Ralph Reed who were instrumental in motivating Christians to get out and vote for Trump. Currently, Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, is preparing a "battle plan" for the 2018 congressional elections by registering 2.5 million brand-new Christian voters, educating 40 million Christian voters about what’s at stake in the 2018 congressional elections and working to generate record-breaking turnout for the 2018 congressional elections, just like he did in the 2016 presidential election.

Charles Graham, Pinellas Park

The girl in the window: 10 years later | Dec. 3

Sadness over lost potential

Since the original Times story appeared, I’ve thought about Dani so many times over the years.

There were tears again reading her story and update, and so many conflicting feelings. I was happy to see that she is progressing in her group home, but felt such great sadness that she will never reach her full potential.

The picture of her sitting in the chair as a young girl twirling the beads on her feet was a window to what could have been had so many people not failed her — the picture captures the grace of a ballerina or the athleticism of a soccer player. But we’ll never know what could have been.

Thanks to all the people who have loved her and tried to help. And to the woman who gave birth to Dani (you don’t deserve the title of Mother), you deserved prison for robbing this child of a decent life. Thanks to the Times for telling Dani’s story so eloquently and raising awareness of our children in crisis.

Suzanne Inzina, Largo

Boost to early learning | Dec. 2, editorial

Make education universal

Thanks to the Times for a good-news editorial, this time about support for kindergarten readiness. It is indeed "a good idea worth supporting." So too are the current efforts of the Global Partnership for Education to give all children in our world a chance to go to school. Sen. Marco Rubio co-sponsored a resolution (S.Res. 286) in support of the GPE.

Education is the social vaccine that creates better health, higher earnings and hope, no matter where you live in our world. So thank you, senator, and please persuade your fellow senators to join you in this compassionate work that makes such a difference.

Willie Dickerson, Snohomish, Wash.