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Neat review, but no Smokey Joe

Neat review, but no Smokey Joe

Barbara Fredricksen, thanks for all your neat reviews. After your review of Smokey Joe's Cafe, I called the box office at (727) 863-7494 and got a robotic soprano stating that the number was disconnected or not in use.

I tried later and got through but was told the computer was down so they couldn't take my order. I said I'd call back, but I should have left my number.

For the next two days I have tried repeatedly, and still hear that melancholy computer with the same nutsy announcement. I tried to check AT&T to report the trouble or have an operator try the number, but got more robotic altos. What in the world is going on? Show Palace deserves the business.

Patricia Vigneau, Spring Hill

School leaders spread confusion

The hot-button school system dress code issue has, in my view, become an inexcusable, if not unforgivable, blurring of a Hernando County School Board etched-in-stone dress code vote courtesy of the yes-uniforms, no-uniforms, maybe-uniforms, on-again, off-again strategy.

This was capped by a confusing communication from J.D. Floyd principal Joe Clifford of July 30 with a same-day convoluted phone message to parents, attempting to articulate the same backpedaling expressed in the aforementioned letter.

When merged with the rumored elimination of all middle school sports activities, this will never be anything other than unacceptable, especially at a time in our history when fitness, alertness and competition among children is more of a priority than ever.

The budget is not an escape hatch.

Those children include my granddaughters now attending Hernando County public schools. This entire matter has become a multifaceted fiasco, punctuated by apparent inexplicable errant systemwide mismanagement.

How do you expect students to understand leadership when presently they are receiving none from their role models? This is no time to allow anyone's professional ego to spiral.

It is, however, the time for superintendent Wayne Alexander to deliver his side of the story to public school parents in a face-to-face meeting.

Chuck Schlakman, Spring Hill

Neat review, but no Smokey Joe 08/10/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:22pm]
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