Teachers need lesson in reality | Oct. 10 letter
Teachers aren't in this for money
The writer claims opposition by the teachers' union to the re-election of superintendent Heather Fiorentino is somehow tied to issues of salary.
With due respect to the writer, I doubt there is any teacher in Pasco County who went into education for the money. Any such contention wouldn't pass the laugh test.
If the writer wants a reality check, he should spend a week or two shadowing teachers in any one of our schools. Nah, forget that. That would be too much reality — a full day or two should do it.
Yes, it is a sad and tragic sign of the times that people are losing their jobs, their homes, their health. I may be naive, but it seems to me that teachers and their union aren't to blame for this. If I were to point the finger, I probably would point at the greed and arrogance of corporate executives and boards.
And, you know what? I bet many of those executives went to private schools!
Mark S. Alper, New Port Richey
Re: Brown lawn
Association and judge kept to law
We are fortunate to live in a country governed by laws and not by emotional hysteria of the moment. The recent outpouring of letters supporting Joe Prudente in his dispute with the Beacon Woods Homeowners Association over his brown lawn is an example of lynch-mob justice trying to replace law.
Prudente ignored numerous contacts from his community association about his lawn, he ignored contacts from the association's lawyer and he ignored the judge's orders. Prudente was not jailed because his lawn was brown. He was jailed because he was in contempt of court. In America, you don't ignore a judge. Prudente made no effort to work with anyone to solve his problem.
Homeowner association rules and regulations are a matter of Florida law and are intended to protect home values by keeping neighborhoods beautiful.
I can only remind those who condemn the Beacon Woods association and its officers that this is a country of laws and not of lynch-mob hysteria. I commend the association for upholding its lawful deed restrictions.
Bill Fanning, Hudson
Priorities twisted in lawn dispute
We can only hope that the present financial meltdown is bad enough to keep our judges and homeowners associations busy and out of the lives of ordinary people.
My first experience of brown lawn fever happened in Vietnam. Occasionally there were lulls in the action and officers became infected with an obsession for shined boots, creases in jungle attire, and virtually anything that was normal stateside chicken manure. Officers ignore such things during infantry, mortar, and rocket attacks.
But the sad aspect of this fiasco is Mr. Prudente's astute observation that Judge Bray would have set bail for a bank robber, or child molester or drug lord. Bray made a molehill into a hog wallow.
Brown lawn silliness should be handled by a neutral mediator in an informal setting. If no agreement is possible, then send in the clowns, I mean lawyers.
James B. Johnson, Port Richey