Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Superintendent's bullying statement is off-base

Blavatt's off the mark on bullying

According to Hernando School Superintendent Bryan Blavatt, name calling isn't bullying. Neither is pelting students with full water bottles. Not even is kicking them in the head or the crotch.

In researching the definition, I found the following:

"Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and excluding someone from a group on purpose"

I am very disappointed in the school superintendent and his leadership and hope he corrects his statement.

Bette Reeves, Spring Hill

Jan Glidewell shares a great gift

In the Book of Mark, Peter says about the moment of transfiguration of the master "It is good for us to be here."

After reading Bill Stevens' column on his cohort and buddy, Jan Glidewell, the thought occurred to me that anytime I've ever been in the presence of Glidewell — either reading his column or in person at a concert, or a roast, or at a gathering — I've often thought to myself, "It is good for us to be here."

Jan Glidewell has that ability that no matter where he is, all those around feel that "it is good for us to be here." Throughout the years I've had the privilege of reading his many articles and the privilege of hearing him serve as master of ceremonies at Will McLean Music Festivals, and the privilege of hearing him lead roasts of various politicians and figures. And every time, I walk away saying to myself "It is good for us to be here."

What a legacy. What a gift to pass on: Sharing an intellectual thought and some humor, and the poignancy of a statement written or spoken. Because of Jan Glidewell, "It is good for us to be here."

I certainly admire Jan Glidewell's life and I admire his courage in the face of his present challenge.

William Lance Sutter, Spring Hill

Our wild Florida needs protecting

It's time to take control of the world we live in and specifically the state we live in. When the environmental experts were laid off and replaced with pro-business people, it was detrimental to our environment.

Though many of us are not from here, we moved here and travel here not only because of the tourist attractions, but for the beauty and nature that surrounds us here. We can enjoy tropical weather in the winter without leaving the continent. Florida is the top travel destination in the world, which makes it our responsibility to maintain our state's indigenous environment.

My family enjoys the nature of the area; we enjoy the parks, beaches and waterways regularly. Once you've done the attractions it's the many outdoor activities you can enjoy year round. We have endless bike trails, horse trails, beaches, fishing, many sports that can be enjoyed any month of the year.

We need to protect our community and put the environmental experts back to do the job they were trained to do and not let laymen decide our county and state's fate. What will be left for our future generations, will our grandchildren experience the beauty we've come to love.

Debra Roach, New Port Richey


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18