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