Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Letters To The Editor

School uniforms make a big difference to students, parents


Uniforms at Clearwater High School

Uniforms make a big difference

Kudos to the principal and parents for joining together and finally creating a uniform to be worn at school. Yes, thanks to the Pinellas County School Board, in addition. Without everyone helping, I am positive it wouldn't have happened.

I do not have any kids at CHS but have looked into wearing uniforms in my area, since I had kids in elementary school. People just don't realize what a difference it makes to the parents' pocketbooks, and mostly to the children.

Not every family can go school shopping at your major stores or buy whatever the child "must have or will die." Clothing puts a lot of pressure on kids who aren't wearing designer labels. Perfectly good clothes, mind you, but not good enough to "belong." It's a shame that clothing defines a person, but that's youth. Little do they know that most workplaces require a uniform or even a dress code.

I applaud the students for accepting it, too. They have options to choose from for colors, and it's about time we pull up our pants so they are not falling on the ground and keep bras covered.

Little do students realize that how they dress, and what is revealed, degrades them and shows the lack of respect they have for their body. In addition, you are in classes with boys/men with hormones raging and they are not always thinking clearly.

I hope this is successful enough that more schools and parents look into the possibility of uniforms from elementary to middle and high schools for the future.

Laura Coggin, Palm Harbor

Rays stadium meeting

Ballpark is not worth argument

Arguing over where the meeting will take place — Carillon Park or St. Petersburg City Hall — reminds me of the arguing over the shape of the negotiating table during the Vietnam War, except this argument is even dumber, considering it is not about life or death.

It is over a ballpark.

Bruce Lowitt, Oldsmar

We get bill for Scott's vendetta

I am concerned that all 2012 Pinellas County Truth In Millage notices included an insert informing us that unexpected Medicare expenses have been pushed to local government by our governor and the Florida Legislature and because of this, a millage increase is being considered. In other words, we will pay higher taxes.

Were not these unexpected costs to have been paid through federal funds — the funds that Gov. Rick Scott declined to accept? Funds that will now go to other states?

If so, the Florida property owner is once again paying for Scott's personal anti-federal government vendetta with our personal tax dollar.

C. Gibbs, St. Petersburg

Fencing around the Clearwater Main Library

Not sure fence will be much help

I see they are finally putting a fence around the Clearwater downtown library and for a mere $119,000.

I know a jail library would have a fence around the compound. Construction zones and condemned building also have fences. I'm not sure if I will feel safer inside or outside the library fence.

Bob Gardeski, Clearwater


Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

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Updated: 2 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17