Sunday, May 27, 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


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18