Re: Pinellas buys well field story, Sept. 17
Political ploy behind ballfields expansion
Here go our county commissioners again, trying desperately to find land to expand the East Lake Youth Sports Association's ballfields.
This time they're trying to carve out 100 acres down the road from their prior failed attempt to secure 38 acres of the Brooker Creek Preserve off of Old Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs. This new proposed location, however, is no better, as it is a corridor for a multitude of species of wildlife that live in and around the Brooker Creek Preserve and that will, as a result, be displaced and in danger.
Why is the county trying so hard to secure land for more ballfields? Because some commissioners are up for re-election and they promised ELYSA years ago that they would lease them land for their expansion at the cost of $1 a year for 30 years, tax free. Wow, what a deal!
In light of school enrollment dropping last year and projected to drop over the next five years, an expansion of ballfields makes perfect sense! And with our teachers' salaries being cut, and cuts being made to other very important public services such as our police and fire departments, EMS, etc., a ballfield expansion really seems to be the most intelligent way to spend our taxpayers' dollars.
And who are these fortunate people who will benefit from these ballfields? Why, the many Pasco County residents who are members of ELYSA. Boy, I can't wait until November so we can hopefully vote in officials who have sense about how to allocate taxpayers' money.
Violet Miller, Dunedin
Re: Teacher accused of hitting student | story, Sept. 23
What did student do before incident?
This article reports that Terry Allen Morrow is being held in the Pinellas County Jail for striking a student with an open hand and pushing the student against a wall and causing a bruise. The article doesn't include any details about what the student may have done prior to the reported incident.
I don't know Morrow or the student he is accused of striking. I do know that some students are very adept at provoking responses from teachers and then gloating at being a big wheel on campus by getting a teacher thrown in jail.
It seems to me the Times should have reported more details. I hope more information is reported in future papers, because as it now stands, you may be promoting the making of a very troublesome student.
Jerry R. Dangler, Palm Harbor