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St. Petersburg College needs fresh faces on its board of trustees

Re: SPC trustees approved incomplete budget story, Aug. 1

SPC needs new blood for trustees

The word "trustee," as in board of trustees, is a misnomer. They are the board of supervisors, whose primary responsibility is twofold. One is to hire the leadership that they believe will lead the organization in the right direction to accomplish its goals, and two, to supervise the actions and results of that leader.

There is no "trust" in trustee. The fact that one has known managerial operatives for a long time does not relieve trustees from the responsibility of cold, hard analysis of leadership, and the key document to do so is the budget.

I suspect that SPC President Bill Law will see that this procedural gaffe will not happen again, even if the existing board doesn't get that there is a problem.

A constructive suggestion to Mr. Law: Expand the board to seven members, as five is too small to risk quorum, and recruit some new blood for the governor to appoint. After 10 years, the contributions of most board members is played out.

Scott Wagman, St.Petersburg

Re: SPC trustees approved incomplete budget story, Aug. 1

Were Kuttler's budgets seen?

I wonder if the St. Petersburg Times ever asked for a copy of the St. Petersburg College line-item budget during the reign of former President Carl Kuttler?

I do not think so. The former president apparently played a major role in the selection of the trustees, and without any serious questions from the local press, whose favor he had curried, Carl Kuttler ran the college for a long time pretty much as though it was his own. Virtually all of his appointments were political. Truth is, there really never even existed an organizational chart.

It wasn't until a courageous committee thwarted Kuttler's efforts to name his successor that a truly competent president, in the person of Bill Law, was named. At long last the college is, once again, becoming a public institution. For this the community should be most thankful.

Gerald Ramsberger, St. Petersburg

Re: Mobile barber told to shut down | story, Aug. 3

Time to stay out of our businesses

We all know we have to abide by certain rules and regulations, but why ruin what people already have when what they are doing hurts no one?

First off, barbers have to have a license to practice. Where on that license does it say you can't go to anyone's house or office and cut their hair? Friends cut other friends' hair all the time and no one even knows.

We are getting into people's business far too much today. We are paying out millions in welfare for people without jobs. This person has a job, so let her do it.

In Clearwater, we just had the lady with fake turf for grass and they want her to remove it and plant real grass. Why? She pays taxes like the rest of us. She's working, and it's easier, with her long hours, and the neighbors don't see a messy yard when she's gone.

What is wrong with our leaders that everything, unless it's hurting others, has to be done to their liking?

We had the businessman with a fishing tackle business and he gets fined for having a picture of fish on his building. He pays taxes too, just like you and I.

In today's economy, we should be happy that none of these people is asking for welfare, but all are working, which helps the economy. Just because someone reports a person when they think something is illegal, does not make it right to kill that person's right to be inventive. Someone probably wishes they had thought of it first.

Fran Glaros, Clearwater

Re: Mobile barber told to shut down | story, Aug. 3

Don't dare open a lemonade stand

I am disgusted that Florida is so unfriendly to business that it needs to shut down a licensed hair cutter's business, just because she came up with a profitable idea. Cheri Johns did not pose a health risk, just a competition risk. This is the kind of job-killing regulation that we need to eliminate. What benefit do we really get from Florida regulating hair cutters, anyway? How much does this regulation cost us in taxes? In jobs? What shall we regulate next, lemonade stands?

Paul Player, Clearwater

Re: Mobile barber told to shut down, story, Aug. 3

The Legislature needs cutting, too

When the state finds it necessary to lay off teachers, cut back on college funding and reduce pensions, at least they'll be able to assure all of those impacted that they will be safe in the event they need someone to come to their home or business to cut their hair.

It was not that long ago that Tallahassee was debating how to best close the budget deficit. Yet we still find it necessary to employ people to write and enforce rules to safeguard us from the hazardous task of cutting hair in dangerous places such as an office building.

Maybe the Legislature did not have the proper license to make such "cuts" in the capital building.

Scott Stolz, Tarpon Springs

Re: Lake Chautauqua Park horse patrol

Dog park could've stopped activities

Some time ago, I made a suggestion that the City of Clearwater would be better to build a dog park in Lake Chautauqua Park rather than demolishing 20 acres of "old Florida" undeveloped land less than a mile up the road (for a new dog park) and spending millions of dollars in a depressed economy.

After all, the city was laying off people due to budget constraints at the time. They already had a big park; they just needed to add the amenities for the dogs, I thought.

But no, that didn't happen. Maybe it was too logical. I don't know how the city thinks, but I do know that hundreds of people a day come to the new dog park and somehow I think that may have deterred any unwanted sexual activities from occurring in Lake Chautauqua park.

It would have also saved one of the last pristine pieces of "old Florida" property in Pinellas County.

When speaking about adding horse patrols to deter any more unwanted lewd activities at Lake Chautauqua, Mayor Frank Hibbard said he was looking for "another way to do this that's less expensive." Wasn't he the mayor when they spent the millions of dollars on the other dog park up the road?

Don Sutton, Clearwater

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