Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas letters: Teachers deserve better pay

Teachers' salaries are far too low

After 35 years in the classroom in the Midwest, I've learned that good education is a reflection of good self-esteem. Everyone is concerned about student self-esteem because everyone knows that students expect they will do well in school if they have self-worth.

Why, then, is nobody concerned about the most important piece of the classroom — the teacher?

Recently, I studied the Pinellas teacher salary schedule. No married teacher can support a family making this kind of money. There must be a second earner in a family. These college-educated people can barely support themselves. Most work second jobs, and summer work is a must.

For the past several years, teachers in Pinellas have been forced to teach six classes instead of five without any financial reward. Where I come from, that is an overload worth a 20 percent raise in pay; however, teachers are powerless because there is no "real" union fighting for them. Their salary is at the whim of Florida government. Teacher evaluation is a confused joke bent on criticism instead of praise.

In teaching, like any other product, you get what you pay for. At this time of year, many of our good teachers are going to leave the field of teaching because they still have enough ego to say, "I am better than how I am treated."

This state will remain, sadly, lacking in good education until some things are done to support good teaching. Until then, the good ones will continue leaving for jobs and employers who value them.

Robert Clifford, Tarpon Springs

Red-light cameras

Cameras are just adding to danger

Murder and mayhem continue in Clearwater thanks to the city's red-light cameras.

I saw another rear-end collision last Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road. It looked like a motorist slammed on the brakes due to the red-light cameras at the intersection and was hit from behind.

Other accidents at this intersection are much more deadly. Drivers turning left speed up at the last second and can run head-on into vehicles going straight, which are also speeding up at the last second to escape the cameras.

As usual, one of the drivers will be charged for this "accident" and the real culprits, the Clearwater City Council members, will be seen laughing all the way to the bank with the cash they make from these accident-causing red-light cameras.

Bob Snow, Clearwater

Private sand a hot topic story, April 16

Arrogance along the beachfront

How arrogant! Beachfront property owners are trying to have it both ways. They want private use of the beach, but they expect the same public that they are excluding to pay for replenishing that beach when it eventually erodes.

Jeffrey Tomeo, Oldsmar

Shoddy work done on U.S. 19

What's up with resurfacing U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor?

This should have been a fairly simple project but it has dragged on over several months and it doesn't seem like it will ever be completed.

Workers did one lane northbound and one southbound. A month or more later, they did another lane in each direction. They didn't do a very good job of making them the same height so changing lanes isn't very smooth. A while later, they did the third lanes, which again don't seem to match up very well.

The turn lanes were stripped but still haven't been resurfaced. If you drive across U.S. 19 going east or west, it's like driving on an old-fashioned washboard.

I hope whoever is responsible for this botched job is reading this and will finish the job soon and competently.

Henry Goldhammer, Palm Harbor


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18