Friday, March 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Advancing education takes non-local influences

Tongue-in-cheek look at education

Here's my satirical look at the Hernando School Board.

Finally, Cynthia Moore and Gus Guadagnino have come forward to speak as the voice of intellectual reason for the School Board. Common Core is an insidious concept threatening to undermine our American values.

But, they have not gone far enough. The School Board has embraced the International Baccalaureate program. This rigorous degree program offers an internationally recognized high school diploma where local school boards or even a U.S. panel of experts drawn from across our great nation are not directly involved in designing curriculum and testing standards. An international group of educators whom we know little about establishes the curriculum and tests.

If our own U.S. educators and politicians do not know what is good for Florida kids, what could IB and Common Core have to offer?

The International Baccalaureate and its stepbrother Common Core is certainly a U.N. plot to take control of our nation. How dare they (liberals) think are children should be globally competitive? Who do we have to compete with when we are the greatest nation on earth? Gus Guadagnino had it right when he demanded that the Hernando public school system focus on competing locally not globally.

We need to focus the attention in our schools on the types of jobs we have here in Hernando County. Hernando school curriculum should be developed around customer service training for the retail industry, lawn mowing science for the entrepreneur, and table waiting and short order cooking for our many restaurants. We should not spend our taxpayer dollars educating our children to be doctors, scientists, engineers, chemists or worst of all social scientists when we can get them cheaply from foreign countries.

The Tea Party raises important concerns about where the money will come from to buy additional laptops, smart boards and teacher training if we adopt Common Core and PARCC testing. These dollars could be better spent in adult game rooms, bingo and golf.

Thank you Cynthia Moore for your insightful observation, "I think (Common Core) is just a bunch of garbage." Now let's follow it up by cancelling that bastion of U.N. socialist thinking, International Baccalaureate.

M.W. Maynard, Spring Hill

Questions fueled by partisan concerns | Sept. 15 column

There's more to Precinct 11 plan

Where it may be safe to assume that the statement "One of these is Precinct 11, in the mostly black neighborhood of south Brooksville, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of more than 3 to 1" appears to be of a statement of some substance, it is not a true representation of Precinct 11.

The thoughts of eliminating Precinct 11 should have been made public prior to any actions by the Brooksville City Council or the Supervisor of Election Office, and this did not happen. Precinct 11 is not a county precinct being merged, it is a city of Brooksville precinct being eliminated, in order to provide only one city voting precinct.

The writer mentioned "The money saved — about $8,000 per election and $45,000 the next time the county replaces its voting machines — will allow Anderson's office to open two new locations to satisfy the increasing demand for early voting." The writer failed to write that Anderson's office has not provided any proof to the citizens of south Brooksville that there is a demand for early voting.

Richard L. Howell, Brooksville


Monday’s letters: Driverless cars on perilous roads

Driverless cautions | March 23, commentaryDriverless carson perilous roadsHaving watched the video of the tragedy in Tempe, Ariz., I believe the police are correct. This accident could not have been avoided as the pedestrian stepped out of the sh...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Saturday’s letters: Tax guns to pay for security

Million-dollar questions | March 21Tax firearms to pay for securitySo public officials are wondering where they’ll get the money for stationing an armed guard in every school. How about heavily taxing every gun? It’s the proliferation of the weap...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18