Teen killed racing to bus story Dec. 19
Fire superintendent, school bus driver
My heart goes out to the family of Nora Huapilla. I hope I never experience their kind of loss. Reading the articles about this young woman is heartbreaking and very real.
I have a daughter Nora's age who attends a high school out of our zone. Her assigned bus stop is on the corner of Belcher Road and Lancaster Drive in Largo. Her pickup time is 6:20 a.m.
This stop has no street lights. These kids are in complete darkness, and most have to cross four lanes of traffic on Belcher to arrive at their stop.
I felt rage upon reading about how the bus driver reacts to tardy children. To close the doors and drive off is inexcusable for any adult who has a responsibility to these kids, especially when that driver can see them coming!
To further the insult to the Huapilla family, school superintendent Julie Janssen's comment that it was the parent's choice to send their child to an out-of-zone school was uncalled for and insensitive.
Reading the past articles about Nora and the other children who have lost their lives has brought me to the conclusion that Janssen is in a job she is unqualified for and should be fired along with the bus driver. I wonder what Janssen's reaction would be if it were her child or loved one?
Annette Longstreet, Clearwater
Keep food donation barrels in the stores
I'd like to thank Publix for having food barrels in its stores for donated canned goods for the food banks. I just wish it was year-round.
I'd like to see stores such as Walmart, Bealls and Sears, to name a few, have barrels out to collect items for the homeless and nursing homes.
The needy come in all sizes and ages.
Marge Dineen, Largo
Last chance to see the gardens' lights
There are many good things happening in our community. One pleasant surprise is "Holiday Lights at the Florida Botanical Gardens," 12520 Ulmerton Road. Even after seeing the Osborne lights at Disney, we were pleasantly surprised at the professional and creative effort that produced a dazzling array of lights and entertainment.
When my wife and I volunteered to work a couple of nights this year, as representatives of the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon, we were not alone. In fact everyone involved in the production and behind the scenes was a volunteer. Amazing.
There's still time — the lights will be shown through this evening. For a $2 donation, it's the best bargain evening in town.
Bob Lima, Largo