Friday, June 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 30

Bill, now law, will hurt schools

Gov. Scott recently signed into law House Bill 7069, a bill that will have an immediate and serious impact to Hernando County Schools. As those of us who lead public school districts have grown used to each legislative session and the inevitable changes that result, this year's session proved to be exceptionally disheartening.

Initially, we were hopeful that with increased awareness and advocacy about HB 7069, we would be successful in defeating this punitive initiative. And, as public outcry mounted, our apprehension made its way to the governor's desk, where we urged a veto. While Gov. Scott asked House and Senate leaders to add funding to the student funding formula from which schools operate, he chose to sign the bill into law.

To be fair, HB 7069 does include some elements that will benefit students and teachers and will provide some district autonomy in several areas. But overall, the bill disadvantages public schools by weakening our ability to serve all of our students equitably.

This bill will challenge us. It will require difficult decisions about how to offer high-quality educational services to our children with diminishing resources. And, while I am saddened by the outcome, I know that Hernando has talented educators, strong leaders, and a community that will continue to support the Hernando County School District. We will continue to work together as a united community to provide our children with learning and training opportunities so they can be successful and our community can prosper.

Thank you for your partnership, your advocacy and your trust.

Lori Romano, superintendent, Hernando County School District

Offended? Go back North

Monuments and other types of memorabilia relating to the Civil War are an important part of our history. Removing the Confederate flag and removing monuments should not be tolerated. New Orleans removed four statues for the same reason that the removal request was done here. Is it really that it offends some people, or is it that some people just want things their way?

We have memorials for the wars that have been fought here and abroad, and I don't hear anyone complaining about them. If we take one down, why don't we just take them all down? I don't see or hear of anyone up North wanting to remove the Northern memorials. Enough is enough!

If you live in an area that offends you, then you should not have moved there. This includes the South. The memorials were here long before you were. My suggestion is that you pack your stuff and move back North, where you can't be offended, and leave us Southerners alone. By the way, the U.S. flag that we fly resembles the Union battle flag. Shouldn't someone complain about that? Goodbye, good luck and have a safe trip.

Wesley Hawkins, Spring Hill


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

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

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
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

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
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