FCAT lets kids share their words
I am grateful each and every day because I am a teacher. I would choose this profession without hesitation over any other career. It defines me. It is who I am and who I always wanted to become. I teach fourth grade and feel there is much pressure on our young children to do well on the FCAT.
I was only glad to relieve their anxiety and to try to alleviate the pressure felt by their loving parents who experience the children's anguish at this state-mandated test. I and my colleagues prepared our students through quality teaching strategies and the love of language. Students learned to express their thoughts, describe their feelings and to interpret the ideas of those around them. Through the use of vocabulary, metaphors, similes and figurative language, children learned to strengthen their writing, reading and verbal skills.
As an educator, I would like to thank the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. They are a child's first teachers. Language begins at birth. The use of higher-level language attracts a child's attention like a magnet. Children learn new words every day because of the modeling good teachers and families do. What is so wrong with a child acquiring a love of language which gives them the ability to express themselves not just on the FCAT writing test, but every day of their lives?
The state needs to cut to the chase and explain what good writing is if not the ability of students to use their skills to describe, people place, scenes with such detail that they come alive in the reader's mind. Let us congratulate our hardworking students for sharing their inner thoughts on the day of the FCAT writing exam and on every day through the love of words.
Christine Lallier, New Port Richey
Help for families misused July 18, letter
Stop letting folks waste state funds
I also, have to see this abuse daily and have to keep my mouth shut. Let me give you a few examples so everyone can understand why we feel as we do.
I've had a woman spend over $300 and say, "I bought nothing but junk." No fruit, vegetables or meat. It was cookies, candy, soda, cakes. She still had over $300 left on her card.
How about the guy who bought $200 in steaks because he was "having a barbecue."
And my all-time favorite: The person in line with the $10 take-out sandwich who told all his friends with him, "Put them on the counter — I'm buying lunch today." When the bill totaled $75, I wanted to say, "Thank me because I bought your lunch today."
I have noticed that the majority are younger people who come into the stores at all hours of the day and night. I've wondered why can they afford THOUSANDS of dollars for tattoos, gold jewelry and the newest high-tech cell phones and iPods, but not food.
I couldn't agree with the letter writer more. It's about time something is done about this
Kathie Wormuth, Port Richey
TBARTA, don't leave anyone out
West Pasco is left out of the TBARTA plan. Okay, putting it as ''left out'' isn't the best way to say it, but it's pretty close to how it is when it comes to TBARTA's plan for a Tampa Bay-wide transit plan.
If you don't know already, TBARTA means Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. Funded by the state, it is meant to provide us a voice for transportation projects; most importantly, light rail. Also mentioned is rapid bus transit, inter-city rail, and likely partnership with high-speed rail.
TBARTA didn't include west Pasco in any light rail line. It's a no-brainer that when people see that one side of the county has something way better than the other side, people will go with the better side. And that is how west Pasco is different from east Pasco. While west Pasco has only rapid bus transit, northwest is left out even more. East Pasco has light rail leading it right into Tampa. Central Pasco has it even better because it has a faster rail system going through that part of the county, while we have rapid bus transit going only up to Gulf View Square mall on U.S. 19.
I e-mailed some politicians in the county who agreed with my concern.
We have East Lake Road coming up into the Trinity area. A road that should had been elevated already from the county line to the Bayside Bridge would be a great stretch to acquire for a rail line. It would give west Pasco the fair balance that it deserves since we were growing the same pace as east Pasco.
E-mail our commissioners and our representative for Pasco saying why this side needs a rail line on our side. You may be against any spending, but it's going to happen and to allow it to happen without our side getting the fair treatment will be a lose-lose fight for any opponent.
Mike Kramer, New Port Richey
What's flowing is barely water | July 24, letter
Water from the tap isn't drinkable
The letter regarding our new water company is so true. Since 1999, I have put up with Aloha, hoping for a white knight to help us. Well, along came FGUA with high hopes of curing all our problems.
FGUA first of all increased our rates, and since they took over, the water has gone downhill. Over the last two weeks they have flushed a hydrant near me over five times. They took all the water from my house and there has been no improvement.
FGUA management states they have a problem and are inducing chemicals to help. All this does is discolor dishes and silverware. Do we drink this? No.
Donald Calderwood, New Port Richey
Health care reform is not an issue to be rushed | July 24, guest column
Health care reform can't wait
To Mary Partington, health care reform cannot wait any longer.
I have not had health care since 2003 and I am getting older and have about seven more years to get on Medicare. What happens if I don't have catastrophic insurance and something happens to me like a heart attack?
I couldn't afford any tests or medications, let alone the hospital. Do I just die?
Diane LaRusso, New Port Richey
He's retired, but still about town
After reading Marc Yacht's column regarding his retirement, I'd like to commend him for all the community volunteer work he has done here in Pasco County since he retired a few years ago from the Health Department.
He definitely didn't just fade away but has remained very active, and neglected to mention all the plays he has performed in at the Richey Suncoast Theatre. Most recently he was in Hello, Dolly and Much Ado About Nothing.
Take a bow, Dr. Yacht! And keep working!
Donna True, Port Richey