Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Teachers deserve respect

Teachers deserve our respect

As a substitute teacher in Pasco County, I recently had the opportunity to work as a long-term sub for a seventh-grade science class. It was quite an eye-opener. My respect for teachers has quadrupled.

As a substitute, I would arrive in the morning and find the plans for the day and the attendance roster set out on the desk for me. I would follow what the teacher asked of me, keeping the students focused and on task. At the end of the last period, I would straighten up, leave a note for the teacher and go home. My school day was done.

As a long-term substitute, things were a little different. I was in much earlier than usual, making sure everything was ready for the day. I would stay later in the afternoon to grade papers, help students who needed additional help and make sure the classroom was presentable for the next day.

My school day didn't end when I left the classroom. There were still more papers to grade, grades to be put in the computer (e-sembler), emails to answer, parents to talk to and preparations to be made for the next day.

I was fortunate to have the help of two incredibly good science teachers. They assisted me in planning the curriculum and getting supplies together for the students to work with. I don't know what I would have done without them. And I only did this for six weeks.

The parents were supportive, the teachers and staff were encouraging and the students were great. I'm not writing to complain, but to heighten awareness of what teachers do. They are truly dedicated to their profession and to the students they teach. They deserve the respect and support of all of us.

Ruth D. Salvaggio, Port Richey

Re: Jan. 19 Bill Stevens column

Magic extends past fixing tricks

"It's amazing! It's tricky! It's magical!" were my first impressions after sighting the column on Paul Lembo and his abracadabra world.

This informative review, by columnist Bill Stevens, was significant to me because several years ago I, as club president, had the opportunity to welcome Paul Lembo to perform for the computer club of Heritage Lake. This master magician offered the small group a sterling Vegas-style performance, exhibiting his many talents and creativity.

Magician Paul Lembo, now a retired tricks' fixer, was a pleasure to meet and, as the column indicates, an amazing man. Thank you for this fact-filled human interest article.

Barbara O'Connor, New Port Richey


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18