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.
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.
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