Thursday, March 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Students need to tackle the big roles

Room for adults in school plays? | Feb. 5 article

Students need to tackle big roles

I believe that no roles should go to an adult unless there are not enough students to take them.

I am a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts of New York City. I have a degree in theater, and I worked professionally as an actress in many venues during my youth. In high school I was given many parts that would seem out of my reach. I especially remember playing Fanny Brice's mother in Funny Girl. My teacher/director told me she gave me the part because she knew I could do it. It was a challenge, but it gave me confidence, it taught me skills, and it opened me up to other possibilities.

No one expects professional actors at a high school production. That is the excitement and fun of it. Modeling comes in the rehearsals.

Theater classes are an outlet for many kids, just like a sport. I have not seen any high school coaches going in for any of their players lately.

Most theater teachers are closet actors themselves, and I just hope that because of their need for the stage they are not hogging a role that could go to a student. Give the students a chance, they will pleasantly surprise you.

By the way, I am a language arts teacher at a middle school, and I would love a chance for a drama class.

Rhonda Starr-Odajewski, Hudson

House bill danger to homeowners

Homeowners are under attack again. Your Republican representatives are again supporting legislation to increase the costs of home ownership, House Bill 245.

They legislated a raise in your sinkhole insurance last year and now if they pass HB 245, your insurance rates will go up again and your protection decrease.

The proposed law tells Citizens Insurance to transfer home- owners' polices to unregulated, out-of-state insurance companies, surplus line carriers. The rates are guaranteed at the Citizen rate levels for only one year. They will then go up at the discretion of the insurance company with no caps or Insurance Commission rate review.

Higher rates.

If the surplus line carriers become insolvent due to any reason (poor management, the storm of the century), the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association does not provide a safety net for paying claims.

Less protection.

Under the proposed legislation, you are automatically switched by Citizens to the surplus line carriers. If you do not opt out within 30 days of being notified, you are stuck. Why do our representatives continue to serve the interest of the insurance industry instead of their constituents? Call your representatives, tell them to vote "no'' on HB 245 or they will not get your vote this year. Hold then responsible for their continuing attacks on the homeowner.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

Help out those without sight Jan. 29, guest column

Term misused in medical column

In this column, I inadvertently used the word diabetic neuropathy instead of diabetic retinopathy.

All patients with diabetes should be checked regularly for retinopathy, as the blindness resulting from retinopathy (affecting blood vessels and retina) can be largely prevented with proper attention and treatment.

Sorry for the confusion.

Dr. Rao Musunuru, Bayonet Point


Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

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Published: 03/22/18

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

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Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18