Friday, June 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Candidate replies for Aug. 15

Editor's note: The Tampa Bay Times offers candidates not recommended by the editorial board an opportunity to reply.

Marc Yacht

School Board

Why I am running? As a physician, I hope to bring medical expertise to the School Board. My review of health policy is needed.

I would advocate the protection of resources. Florida ranks among the lowest in the nation for public school funding. Enhanced funding is required, not adjusting to cuts.

Further hemorrhaging of public school resources continues with charter school growth and voucher credits. I am concerned that many charter schools have relationships with legislators and contractual agreements that suggest conflicts. These relationships should be investigated. Over one third of charter schools have closed while new ones open. Where's the money?

I argue for reasonable teacher accountability. Value-added models and other tools have proven inadequate and unfair. Aspects of the child's home environment, poverty, and intelligence must be factored into evaluations.

I am running to change the mind-set and add a different voice to the Pasco County School Board.

Henry Wilson

County Commission

Henry Wilson Jr. has been a faithful commissioner standing up and fighting for what is right for the citizens of Pasco. He has worked hard and proven himself as a leader. The last Thursday of the month he works in a different county department to get a more rounded view to make his decisions.

Wilson has brought the issue of franchising before the board many times and each time the idea is ignored by his fellow commissioners. The same haulers who oppose this idea to the other commissioners are the same ones who have sat in his office and agreed with his plan.

Henry reads every page of every budget and makes sure that the tax dollars are spent appropriately; he does not hesitate to question staff. He will not be pressured by any other commissioner to make a decision before all the facts are collected and questions are answered.

Comments

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Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

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Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18