Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Healthy students make better learners

Children need, deserve a daily dose of exercise, column by George K. Jones, May 3

Healthy students are better learners

As a physical education teacher, I would like to thank you, Mr. Jones, for your vision and dedication to all Pinellas elementary children who participate in daily physical education. You built the foundation of a daily, comprehensive and research-based PE program, which has remained steadfast in following the national guidelines for children.

Pinellas County Schools' elementary physical education program is recognized throughout the state and nation as the benchmark in quality education. But with the recent administrative recommendation to provide only three days of PE at 50 minutes per day per student, this best practice is in jeopardy.

Every educator has a professional, ethical and moral responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for our children. Thirty minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily is considered the optimum in my classroom, the PE field. (No gym, bathroom facilities or water). As Mr. Jones said in regards to the proposed change to 50 minutes, "The heat and endurance factors alone usually result in little or no positive results for the last 20 minutes of the class."

As an educator, I want to do everything possible to help my students succeed. The Pinellas school district has in place a quality, daily PE program with a curriculum based on the growth and development of children. Healthy children are productive learners. Let's continue to provide the highest-quality physical education program possible. Thirty minutes of daily PE in elementary school is in the best interest of our children.

Linda S. Fairman, Oldsmar

New Countryside Library

Keep library away from power lines

Hopefully, those that selected the property don't intend for the new library to be built near the row of electrical towers.

And perhaps proper decorum will be reinstated so that people leave their cell phones turned off and enjoy the library for what it is, not a room in which to be cacophonous.

Mrs. Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater

The Lens plan for the St. Petersburg pier

Proposal will create a real pier

Yes, a new pier is needed, but it will not be an icon; that takes time.

A new structure should show the city's history, told by the name Sunshine City, the present by new buildings, and the resurgence of the inner city. The future might be the melding of St. Pete, Tampa and other cities to create a true metro area.

An arched walking bridge will go from the shore to the end of the pier. An imaginative architectural work will be exhibited at the beginning of the bridge, at the apex and at the end. The bridge would connect with a modern, unique building providing retail, space for activities and entertainment.

Walkways and open spaces will be there. Boats of various sizes could tie up. This whole structure will be a real pier. It will replace the current iconic pier and take up its path. This clearly supplants a huge, aluminum, outdoor architectural object sitting in the water. It will use cheaper materials.

Charles Blowers, Clearwater

SPC graduates deserved better

I cannot believe the only mention your newspaper made of this year's St. Petersburg College graduation was a small photo of a student brushing her hair!

This was a joyous and very important occasion for thousands of people who were gathered at Tropicana Field on May 4. The graduates ranged in age from 17 to 77 years of age. These hard-working and intelligent graduates are our future leaders, teachers and caregivers, yet you didn't find that interesting enough to cover this momentous event.

Your lack of attention makes me rethink the necessity of my subscription.

Charlene Lord, Largo

Armed woman shot dead by police | story, April 29

Woman's death was unnecessary

She was in her home, it was 8 p.m. Sunday night and she wasn't expecting anyone. Then came a forceful knock at the back door.

Being alone is scary, so she grabs her gun and peeks out the back window to see who is there. She is vulnerable, so thinks it best to show the intruder that she is armed.

The St. Petersburg officer could have withdrawn, but he chose to kill her on the spot, for aiming a gun at a stranger, at her back door, in the dark, uninvited.

What right does an officer have that allows him to shoot someone not suspected of a crime, in her own home, through the window? Who was she bothering? Was she guilty of being hard of hearing or near blind?

What are the chances the internal review finds the execution justified? Has this review ever revealed that a shooting was not justified?

I guess her owning a gun was a mistake.

Kurt Steinmann, Belleair


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...
Updated: 5 hours ago

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...
Updated: 8 hours ago

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...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18