Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Guess what? Oil reached our beaches

Deepwater Horizon oil spill didnít really hurt Florida, pro-drilling leaders say | Aug. 27

Oil on the beach

Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp has just demonstrated the uselessness of that position. If he really doesnít know enough about what happened with the BP oil spill to avoid the ridiculous statements he has made, he wasnít doing his job. Otherwise heís just another shill for the oil industry. The country doesnít even need more oil, and Florida has a bigger stake in clean beaches and a productive Gulf of Mexico. We do have a knack for attracting those who would try to make a fortune off our dwindling natural resources.

Jane Sellick, Palmetto

Who will teach my childís
college classes? | Column, Aug. 25

Learning to think well

So nothing has changed since I was an adjunct teacher of freshman composition in New York City in the mid-1970s. Not even teachers of other disciplines would acknowledge that teaching composition is the most labor intensive of any subject due to the need to mark up and grade several compositions per student per semester. If comp teachers are being diligent, they must mark out every error for the student: grammar, vocabulary, logic, organization, etc. This is extremely time consuming.

After a few years of doing this, I once calculated all my hours and discovered I was earning only about $4 per hour, not a living wage even back then. So I burnt out and quit. The powers that be simply donít care. There are more English graduate students dying for a part-time job than you can shake a stick at, not to mention the Ph.D.s who canít find a full-time job. The pityís that learning to write well is really the same as learning to think well. When even the college-educated are not clear thinkers, our society is in trouble.

Shirley Copperman, Tarpon Springs

A diploma, big debt, and
then what? | Column, Aug. 25

Tips for indebted student

The columnist requested empathy, but hereís something better. As Stephen Covey said in his The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, begin with the end in mind. Research career fields with better opportunities; journalism isnít one. Start with the Department of Labor website, which provides job projections. Instead of racking up higher debt at a private university, consider a state university in a good field. Finally, consider working for a not-for-profit, a government or as a teacher in depressed areas, which can expunge student loans and generate a paycheck. Just suggestions; seek more.

Kimball Adams, Largo

New angle on stand
your ground | Aug. 26

A guy with a gun

Iím curious. Is the NRA calling Michael Drejka a "good guy with a gun" or a "bad guy with a gun"?

James Dina, Dunedin

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Thursday’s letters: College classes should prepare you for work

Here are Thursday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Start at precincts to restore trust in our voting system

Here are Wednesday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: ‘Public servant’ is not an epithet

Here are Tuesday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/19/18
Updated: 11/20/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s get priorities straight on Hillsborough transit

Here are Monday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Guardian ad litem advocates for neglected children

Sunday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Why Tampa Bay wasn’t even in the running for Amazon HQ2

Here are Saturday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/16/18
Column: Following through on Hillsborough education referendum

Column: Following through on Hillsborough education referendum

Your vote sends a message to our leaders that we value education.
Published: 11/16/18

Friday’s letters: Stop the ridiculous rise in drug prices

Here are Friday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Questioning the value of Amazon incentives

Readers comment on Amazon’s new headquarters, hurricane impacts and more
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18

Wednesday's letters: First-time voter says Florida's a mess

Last week’s General Election was my first in Florida. I’m 66, I always vote, but I was taken aback by poorly designed ballots and abysmally written questions.
Published: 11/14/18