Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Charter schools need oversight

Charter Gulf Coast Academy to reopen as public school | May 23

Charters require oversight

The proliferation of charter schools and for-profit schools, supported by misdirection of public funds with little accountability and oversight, is an accident waiting to happen.

A prime example: a few years ago your newspaper in the front section carried a story of the Florida Legislature expanding charter schools. In the same day's local edition you carried a story of a local charter school in which hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent on personal needs while teachers, vendors and rent had not been paid. What a waste of money and what a loss for the children.

Yes, our public schools are not perfect. They need public and parent involvement and adequate financial support. I wish every legislator would be required to teach one month in a public school. They would have a far better understanding of the challenges facing schools today.

All this is not to object to private schools or religious-based schools. Parents and students have choices in this country. But education funds raised by taxes should not be diverted away from public schools.

Joanne Hannon, Pinellas Park

The Carter G. Woodson Museum

Museum has many benefits

The Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is a cultural venue, not "a social club, period" as it was plainly mischaracterized.

I'm proud to have had my artwork displayed there, alongside William Kwamena Poh's prints and Harriet Oloro's fabrics. The museum also provides an outlet for local performing artists and musicians.

The Woodson Museum will grow from a local to a regional cultural venue if given time.

Joseph Weinzettle, St. Petersburg

Group to reel in public's idea for the Pier | May 23

You can't please everyone

Do you get the sense that the folks in charge are trying too hard for the impossible; pleasing 100 percent of the people of St. Petersburg?

What unnerves me are two things:

1. An engineering group supposedly stated the caissons are too old, too damaged and too expensive to fix in the attempts to preserve the Pier as-is, and

2. The current design of the Pier is just not conducive to the look, feel and trajectory of how downtown St. Petersburg has grown and is growing. (The Pier isn't even on-par with the look and feel of the Skyway Bridge design!)

I fear Mayor Rick Kriseman will drag this out, again — trying to appease the impossible number of people, to where a decision is finally made but some group demands a referendum AGAIN and the cycle repeats to exactly how the Lens was undone.

Alan P Braunstein, St. Petersburg

Clearwater Beach parking

Perturbed over pricing

Prices just went up! Florida's best beach is making a lot of people upset. Now the price is $3 an hour with a five-hour limit. People like to go for the day. Now the message is: Welcome to Clearwater Beach — now go home!

Tom Yetter, Largo


Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18