Sunday, April 22, 2018
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


Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18