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Clearwater letters: Parents are key to kids' reading

Re: School officials don't buy reading program | story, March 20

Parents are key to kids' reading

FAST, a faith-based alliance, is asking the Pinellas County School District to spend educational dollars to implement a "direct instruction" reading program in the elementary schools.

As an alternative, I would offer the parents a much better and proven program. That program would teach the parents to read to and with their children after school and on the weekends, augmented with trips to the public libraries.

If the enjoyment of reading is not reinforced at home, no program, no matter how much it is in fashion, will be successful. I wonder how many of those 3,000 attendees at that FAST meeting would come forward and sign up for such a program?

Charlie Rutz, Clearwater

Re: Gateway will be apartments | story, March 17

Terminology for housing offends

In regards to new apartments proposed for the vacant gateway area to downtown Dunedin, that's great news.

I just want to point out something in the article that really upsets me. I'm referring to the phrase "workforce housing." This phrase should be disturbing to all in this community, as well as our country.

The city of Dunedin has been working on a wonderful marketing brand for our city. Advertising a new apartment community as workforce housing is not it. It is amazing to me that in today's politically correct society, the media and local government use a term such as workforce housing.

Here is a little history of workforce housing. Communist Russia and China always called this the housing arrangements for their slave labor factory workers. The Nazis used workforce housing for millions of Jewish people as well as others during World War II, for slave labor, as did the imperial Japanese.

The city of Dunedin, in partnership with Pinellas County, also uses this wording — "New Workforce Housing" — on their billboard advertising the now-vacant public housing property located on Martin Luther King Street next door to our wastewater plant. Why don't the city and county just put a red star and sickle on this billboard if this is the type of marketing brand the city wants to invoke while advertising possible new apartment communities in Delightful Dunedin?

I, for one, demand our city drop this insulting wording on any advertising for potential housing areas in this town.

Janette Rowe, Dunedin

Re: Clash over Dunedin parks | story, March 14

Nonresidents use Dunedin parks

I read with interest your article that the Dunedin ordinance provides for 13 acres of parks and green space for every 1,000 citizens. Really? Citizens of which city?

I would assume that the Dunedin Elementary/Dunedin High Middle School campus is factored in the overall count, easily contributing at least 5 to 6 acres if not more. However, good luck finding any Dunedin residents utilizing the space. Soccer teams and Clearwater residents swarm that field and playground seven days a week.

It's a real shame, because that "green space" is within walking distance of many Dunedin families in the area who would love to get to enjoy it as well. May as well be a Clearwater facility.

Cathy Cunningham, Dunedin

Re: Clash over Dunedin parks | story, March 14

Careful what you say, commissioner

Dunedin Commissioner David Carson thinks we already have enough green space in Dunedin and we need to give the developers a break.

I have just one question for Mr. Carson. When are you up for re-election?

Duane Bitter, Dunedin

Overpass is not a one-man job

I drive the U.S. 19 overpass over State Road 60 several times a week and notice that there is only one construction worker in that area.

Another three-quarters of a mile south, I see six or seven people working on what appears to be the sewer system.

I tried to figure out how long it will take one person to finish the new overpass. Factoring in sick days, vacation time, holidays and rain days, I'm thinking that by the time it's winding up, they will have invented some type of plastic span instead of concrete.

I hope I live that long.

Bob Gardeski, Clearwater

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Clearwater letters: Parents are key to kids' reading 03/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:23pm]

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