Library plan forges ahead story, Feb. 2
Merging libraries has unique value
The "whole village" does raise the child. The village can isolate, ignore or even reject the child, sending a clear message of worth. Or the village can incorporate the child and become a positive part of the child's education and growth.
Merging community libraries with school libraries is a way to join forces to educate students of all ages. Students will see non-students of all ages still regularly using a library and can approach a non-student for advice and inspiration.
If a student sees a successful-looking businessman zipping through a resource the student is struggling with, the non-student becomes the teacher, aiding the student, the school and the community that receives that student upon graduation. And it is easy to foresee a computer-savvy student helping a struggling non-student.
Many years ago, some East Lake High School teachers and community leaders tried to merge the high school's library with the community's library efforts. Unfortunately, a small group of short-sighted residents curtailed the effort.
Now the Clearwater community can rise above unfounded fears and benefit from the resources at St. Petersburg College and provide a valuable aid to the students there. It is not unreasonable to imagine that a business owner will meet his future CEO at the library.
R. John Allcorn, Palm Harbor
Teachers opt for weapons classes | story, Feb. 5
Treating mental illness is answer
As horrible and tragic as the school shootings are, I am not convinced that gun control or more guns in school are the answer to fewer shootings. We seem to have missed the point that the people who do these kind of shootings are suffering from some sort of mental illness that was not recognized or addressed.
Perhaps we should focus on the real problem at hand and stop this madness. Let's increase the number of facilities that help people, rather than focus on killing them.
I think our misplaced focus, and the "sheeple" who follow behind the rhetoric of kill or be killed, really need to look at what they are saying and how they are behaving. Must we always operate from a place of fear and hatred?
Brenda Wallis, Dunedin
Flags may adorn roundabout | story, Feb. 8
Red, yellow flags can alert drivers
Any flags adorning the Clearwater Beach roundabout should be red or yellow. The red flags would indicate the immediate danger and traffic hazard, which roundabouts typically cause, while the yellow flags would signal motorists to proceed with caution. Indeed, travel at your own risk.
JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater
Seminar offers tips for success | story, Feb. 2.
Seminar just adds to stereotypes
Let me get this straight: Men need a males-only seminar on how to succeed. This is okay, because women are more successful because they can multitask?
What a crock of you know what. What woman chooses to multitask over being able to concentrate on career and success?
Until society values women and their careers as much as a man's career, there is no need for males-only seminars. This only perpetuates the old stereotypes, values women less and keeps us from breaching the glass ceiling.
Break the glass ceiling, value women as much as men, and teach men they have as much responsibility to multitask doing childcare, housework, cooking and working. Then talk to us about men needing males-only success seminars.
Cheryl Piencykoski, Clearwater
Tampa Bay Rays
Think bigger than just baseball
Lots of energy and time are spent by public officials figuring out what to do with the Rays and a ballpark. Maybe they ought to think bigger. Why not think big and develop a plan for applying for a Tampa Bay Summer Olympics?
This kind of big thinking would include new stadiums, new transportation systems and regional economic development With this plan a new multipurpose stadium would have to be included, perhaps to be eventually used by the Rays.
The public deserves bigger thinking than one ballpark for one sports business.
Bill Murphy, Dunedin
Baseball tradition is alive and well
Recently, I spent an enjoyable afternoon watching an exciting baseball game between St. Petersburg College and Central Florida College at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater. With me was my niece, whose daughter dates one of the team's coaches.
The level of play by these young men in their late teens and early 20s was most impressive. At times, I felt their level of skill approached the best of the Tampa Bay Rays. It was obvious that the players had spent countless hours of diligent practice to hone their techniques and physical conditioning. They appeared, too, to be well-coached by dedicated instructors.
I also noted that they displayed a high level of good sportsmanship which, unfortunately, is at times lacking in professional baseball. When an umpire made a close call, it was accepted without argument or shouts of protest.
There was a scattering of fans in the bleachers, rooting in support of each team. Included were proud dads, pretty moms, white-haired grandparents with canes, and even two cute little girls in tiny cheerleader costumes.
As the game wound down, I reflected back on my lifetime under 15 presidents. I remembered that I saw my first big-league game at Boston's Fenway Park in the mid 1930s, with the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, starring in center field against the Red Sox. Many things have changed over the years, some perhaps not for the better in my opinion, but I am so pleased that our good old All-American baseball tradition is alive and well in Clearwater.
Bill Schwob, Clearwater