Sunday, June 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Remembering Jan Glidewell, an iconic journalist

Remembering iconic journalist

The field of journalism has truly lost an exceptional man. Jan Glidewell's column was the first thing I read when he was a regular contributor. He was sure to arouse feelings of joy and laughter and, at times, tears and frustration — but still, always the first go-to column.

Upon meeting him at a social gathering, I commented on how much younger he looked in person. He looked at me, smiled and said "My dear, but I am so much younger in person."

So funny, so passionate and loved and respected by so many. He will be missed.

Janet Sunderland, Spring Hill

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I lost a friend I never met.

Leon G. Atkinson, Istachatta

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I am saddened to learn of the passing of Jan Glidewell and appreciated Bill Stevens' commentary on this unique journalist. I particularly appreciated a piece Jan wrote defending state HRS child protective staff many years ago. It was a time that they were the punching bag of politicians and the public at large.

I remember writing a letter on one occasion of his suggested retirement, that he retired more times than George Foreman, the late boxer. I was fortunate to get to know him personally. I will miss his columns and I will miss him.

Marc Yacht, Hudson

DeWitt wrong on Common Core

Like the Hernando School Board members he criticizes, Dan DeWitt inadvertently makes an argument against himself on Common Core. He says their arguments are so bad they make local governance over public schools look bad, and national education policies like Common Core look good. Has he ever paid attention to state and national politics? Does it appear so calm, so orderly, so sensible that it would be a vast improvement over local politics?

Most people would laugh at the suggestion.

Further, if, as DeWitt says, "most people would want these particular locals as far away from deciding the course of our kids' education as possible," the beauty of local control is that the people can actually make that decision at the ballot box next year. Yes, you can do that in state and national elections, too, but each vote has a bigger voice in local elections because there are far fewer votes. And, in comparison with Common Core, where the public had no say over who wrote the thing, local control looks, well, democratic, while Common Core looks mightily autocratic.

Of course, DeWitt may prefer an autocracy, or a monarchy, but that's not the government we have, and for many good reasons.

Joy Pullmann, Chicago

County does poor job on park fees

On Thursday, Sept. 26, I telephoned the county parks and recreation department to inquire about fees for a renewal of my dog park pass. I was told the fees went up which, is no problem, but when I asked if I could purchase my renewal immediately, the person on the phone said I had to wait until Oct. 1.

How ridiculous is that? They do not trust a person for a few days, and everyone must renew on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The last time I was there I couldn't renew because the person who does the renewal was out to lunch. Did anyone ever hear of cross training individuals for better service to the public?

Time to do something about our county government. What a waste of my time and our county's assets.

Susan Myers, Spring Hill


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18