Potential playgoers priced out of seats
I wanted to see The Color Purple play at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Being a senior and not having a lot of disposal income, I was hoping to at least get a senior discount or attend a less expensive matinee performance.
Not. The tickets ranged from $40 to $70. I called to leave a message and a very nice woman called back to explain the "demographics and venue" — basically that the Tampa Bay area can afford this range and that in New York City it would be $100 and up.
The economy in the Tampa Bay area is bad and the play probably would not be a sellout, especially coming at the same time as Christmas shopping starts. They do not care. They are aware the play won't be a sellout, they expect it.
Sad. This play could have brought lots of joy and great entertainment to many more people who would have attended had it been more affordable. Maybe if more people took note of this, something more affordable would be seen in the future.
Jeannine Gallagher, Largo
Suit: State failing schools story, Nov. 18
It's time to scrap detrimental FCAT
The whole school evaluation system should be revised. The FCAT is extremely detrimental to the students. Straight-A students who are intimidated by the FCAT and do not test well are penalized. They either do not graduate or are denied participation in band, drama, etc., where they excel artistically.
My grandson is one of these students. Band is his life and he is an exceptional musician. Why should he be denied a career as a music teacher if he failed a small part of the FCAT?
If FCAT cannot be abolished, fine. Use it to evaluate the schools only and not the students, especially if they have exceptional grades and a 4.0 average.
It seems to me that as soon as students start school in the fall, FCAT is jammed down their throats. Are they really learning anything else besides training to pass this test?
Mary Anne Weintraub, Clearwater
Lawn police? We already have them
In reference to the county's ordinance to limit nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer, the TruGreen spokeswoman is in error when she states to the county commissioners, "We know the ordinance is unenforceable" and, "You don't have lawn police to enforce it."
Just ask anyone accused of lawn watering infractions. No warning, no excuses. Fines of $188 or go to court, some even arrested and jailed.
We already have the water police. The lawn police will not be far behind.
William Bolin Sr., Largo
Median barrier is indeed a hazard
I live on Walsingham Road and agree completely with the other letter writers about construction of the concrete barrier (on Walsingham Road where it ends at Seminole Boulevard). In addition to that mistake, the road has a double yellow line across the only entrance and exit to Boca Ciega Mobile Home Park, which means we cannot legally cross it to enter or leave the park.
The double yellow line has two large breaks for the mobile home park located on the north side.
Great job by our great county!
John Egan, Largo
Don't forget elderly during this season
It's that time of year again! I would like to make a request of your loyal readers. Everyone always asks that we give to the children at Christmas. Groups collect millions and millions for the children.
I would like to request this year we think about our forgotten elderly who live in nursing homes and had to give up their homes and possessions to live in a tiny room with a roommate and only receive $35 a month to buy personal items.
If people would just donate one or two sweat suits this Christmas season, it would make so many of our elderly so happy.
I work at Edinborough Healthcare Center in Dunedin and can be reached at (727) 641-9903 or (727) 733-4189. Thank you very much for your help.
Evelyn Frank, Dunedin
Wake up to the season's meaning
As we approach this holy season, I considered sending the usual Christmas cards, but I considered the cost and knew I should not spend the extra for something that most folks discard after they read.
We have become a throwaway society and no one considers the cost, as well as the waste, and I wonder why.
None of us (my family anyway) were born with a silver spoon in our mouths. Times are tough and folks don't seem to notice or care, even though a friend or neighbor may be out of work for months at a time. How do we get so callous? Why are we so set in our ways, that we can't even consider that in a few months or a year or so we could also be broke?
Is it important to buy a gift for a person just because you did so last year? How does a gift you can't afford show love? Watching your pennies makes more sense.
Try visiting a soup kitchen once in awhile or the local food bank and see where we could all end up one day, if we continue to spend what we don't have.
Giving out 10 to 15 gifts to anyone at Christmas does not teach them about God's love and sacrifice for mankind. Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our lord and savior, not to make the store owners rich off of those that can't afford it. When will we wake up and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas?
Fran Glaros Sharp, Clearwater
Hit-run witnesses deserve thanks
Just want to say thanks to Bryan, Amanda and Robert, who witnessed a hit and run accident in the parking lot of Walmart in Largo on Nov. 23.
They waited by my car until I came out of the store and told me what happened. A truck was delivering Christmas trees and when it pulled out of the parking lot it hit my car and kept going.
With the help of the people above and their manager, Beth, and the Largo Police Department, the driver and helper were caught.
It just makes me feel good that some people still care.
August Holderried, Largo
WWII vet thanks people who helped
On Nov. 17 I fell in the parking lot of the Largo Walmart. I am an 89-year-old veteran of the Normandy and Battle of the Bulge campaigns.
After my fall, many people came to my aid: a nurse, a retired cop and a person who called 911. The paramedics, Doug and James, gave me excellent care.
God bless all who helped me, and my sincere thanks. There are still many kind and considerate people around.
Thomas Le Duc, Indian Rocks Beach