School stress blamed for teacher's suicide | story, Dec. 31
Help teachers cope with stress
The story of the teacher's suicide brought back some interesting memories. I taught in middle school for 38 years and have been retired for 20 years. As I look back over my teaching experience, I can readily understand how a teacher with all of today's stresses might attempt such a thing.
The pressures on teachers are tremendous. They are responsible for the care and safety, education and nurturing of 30 to 35 very diverse children. Some of these children may have severe behavioral problems.
They are under the constant surveillance of supervisors and parents. They must meet the demands of curriculum and state testing standards.
There are many other minor stresses that add up. We need to help our teachers who burn out by possibly having counselors who teachers can confide in so this, perhaps, will prevent another suicide in the future.
Joseph J. Cortellini, Palm Harbor
Pay-first nuclear plant idea absurd
I am a big proponent of nuclear energy. I have been in the power field for 40 years, negotiating power plant contracts for a major architectural engineering firm.
All of these projects, both nuclear and fossil, have been financed by the issuance of bonds or by the REA (Rural Electrification Authority) by actual financing or loan guarantees. Several were built in Florida.
Never, to my knowledge, has a power plant been financed by the consumer. This is absurd. Why should consumers pay for a power plant, which will take five to 10 years to build, in advance when many of them will be deceased or moved away and never reap the benefits of the electrical energy the plant produces? Do we get a rebate?
Believe me, a nuclear power plant has never come in on the original estimated budget, so I am sure the monthly bill assessment will increase. What were our legislators thinking?
Bob Furletti, Clearwater