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Education should always come first

It would seem obvious that there are much bigger issues facing our superintendent than putting our middle school children in uniforms. Try balancing the budget, putting qualified teachers in the classroom and offering an adequate physical education department.

If our superintendent is interested in a dress code, please start with your staff before expecting more of the students. With the way our schools are run these days — taking away music, art, physical education or other electives to focus on teaching FCAT — many students no longer look forward to their day in school. Now we want to put 12- to 14-year-olds in a uniform?

Part of learning is how to dress appropriately, for school and for other functions. I would suggest that all School Board members not allow this change and focus on the budget and education.

Doug Hayden, Weeki Wachee

Real world filled with uniforms

Schools are a place to learn, and not a place to show the latest fashions. Students seem to pay more attention to this than what school is really for: learning.

Besides, kids really need to look around when they go places. What do people wear at their favorite restaurant? I believe that would be a uniform.

Children in any school — elementary, middle or high school — should wear a uniform because this prepares them for the real world. Is the real world going to care what they wear? No!

Pat West, Brooksville

Re: Students speak up on school uniform issue | April 20 letters to the editor

Let kids decide what they wear

After reading some of the letters from West Hernando Middle School students regarding school uniforms, I thought maybe we needed a parent's perspective. I do see the need for a dress code in the school system, which should be uniform and enforced throughout. But the uniforms are not exactly cheap. Even after purchasing uniforms I still have to purchase regular clothes for my child to wear after school and on weekends, and now I have to do twice as much laundry. Three sets of uniforms washed twice a week will look sloppy and old after one quarter. So the kids with old or recycled uniforms, because parents can't afford to buy new ones every two months, will still get picked on.

I understand that in the real world many jobs require uniforms, but people have a choice of where they work. Kids are required to go to school.

My son will be going into middle school next year and is excited about not having to wear a uniform any more because most of the kids hate them. If something as little as giving our children a choice about what they can wear to school makes them happier to be there, shouldn't we allow that?

Mike Michalski, Brooksville

Re: Racial harassment problems in county government

Hear both sides before judging

I thought I lived in America, where you were innocent until proven guilty. This is not happening in this case. The men accused of doing this racial stuff are being condemned in this newspaper before both sides of the story have been heard. I would like people to read both sides of the story. Remember, anyone can accuse, but you better have proof that it happened.

I know that when all the truth comes out about this story someone will have to come up with excuses about why they have accused people of things that did not happen. In the end, when it is all proved to have not happened, the accuser should have to pay all the attorneys' fees.

Brenda Smith, Spring Hill

>>your voice counts

We welcome letters from readers for publication. To send a letter from your computer, go to www.tampabay.com/letters and fill in the required information. Type your letter in the space provided on the form, specify that you are writing the Hernando section of the newspaper, and then click "submit." You also may cut and paste a letter that you have prepared elsewhere in your computer.

If you prefer, you may fax your letter to (352) 754-6133, or mail it to: Letters to the Editor, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613.

All letters should be brief and must include the writer's name, city of residence, mailing address and telephone number. When possible, letters should include a handwritten signature. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be printed. The Times does not publish anonymous letters.

Letters may be edited for clarity, taste, length and accuracy. We regret that not all letters can be printed.

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Education should always come first

Re: School uniforms

Education should always come first

It would seem obvious that there are much bigger issues facing our superintendent than putting our middle school children in uniforms. Try balancing the budget, putting qualified teachers in the classroom and offering an adequate physical education department.

If our superintendent is interested in a dress code, please start with your staff before expecting more of the students. With the way our schools are run these days — taking away music, art, physical education or other electives to focus on teaching FCAT — many students no longer look forward to their day in school. Now we want to put 12- to 14-year-olds in a uniform?

Part of learning is how to dress appropriately, for school and for other functions. I would suggest that all School Board members not allow this change and focus on the budget and education.

Doug Hayden, Weeki Wachee

Real world filled with uniforms

Schools are a place to learn, and not a place to show the latest fashions. Students seem to pay more attention to this than what school is really for: learning.

Besides, kids really need to look around when they go places. What do people wear at their favorite restaurant? I believe that would be a uniform.

Children in any school — elementary, middle or high school — should wear a uniform because this prepares them for the real world. Is the real world going to care what they wear? No!

Pat West, Brooksville

Re: Students speak up on school uniform issue | April 20 letters to the editor

Let kids decide what they wear

After reading some of the letters from West Hernando Middle School students regarding school uniforms, I thought maybe we needed a parent's perspective. I do see the need for a dress code in the school system, which should be uniform and enforced throughout. But the uniforms are not exactly cheap. Even after purchasing uniforms I still have to purchase regular clothes for my child to wear after school and on weekends, and now I have to do twice as much laundry. Three sets of uniforms washed twice a week will look sloppy and old after one quarter. So the kids with old or recycled uniforms, because parents can't afford to buy new ones every two months, will still get picked on.

I understand that in the real world many jobs require uniforms, but people have a choice of where they work. Kids are required to go to school.

My son will be going into middle school next year and is excited about not having to wear a uniform any more because most of the kids hate them. If something as little as giving our children a choice about what they can wear to school makes them happier to be there, shouldn't we allow that?

Mike Michalski, Brooksville

Re: Racial harassment problems in county government

Hear both sides before judging

I thought I lived in America, where you were innocent until proven guilty. This is not happening in this case. The men accused of doing this racial stuff are being condemned in this newspaper before both sides of the story have been heard. I would like people to read both sides of the story. Remember, anyone can accuse, but you better have proof that it happened.

I know that when all the truth comes out about this story someone will have to come up with excuses about why they have accused people of things that did not happen. In the end, when it is all proved to have not happened, the accuser should have to pay all the attorneys' fees.

Brenda Smith, Spring Hill

>>your voice counts

We welcome letters from readers for publication. To send a letter from your computer, go to www.tampabay.com/letters and fill in the required information. Type your letter in the space provided on the form, specify that you are writing the Hernando section of the newspaper, and then click "submit." You also may cut and paste a letter that you have prepared elsewhere in your computer.

If you prefer, you may fax your letter to (352) 754-6133, or mail it to: Letters to the Editor, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613.

All letters should be brief and must include the writer's name, city of residence, mailing address and telephone number. When possible, letters should include a handwritten signature. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be printed. The Times does not publish anonymous letters.

Letters may be edited for clarity, taste, length and accuracy. We regret that not all letters can be printed.

Education should always come first 04/24/08 Education should always come first 04/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 3:09pm]

    

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