The Mueller report
Read the report for yourselves
All Americans should read the Mueller report for themselves, instead of just listening to Attorney General William Barr's summary/interpretation of it. I have been reading it page by page and I am in disbelief that the only Republican who spoke out about it was Sen. Mitt Romney. By doing so, he was bullied by the president, ultimately silencing the rest of the GOP. Their silence is sending a very dangerous message to our children, grandchildren and the youth of America by not speaking out about the numerous ways I believe the president of the United States has obstructed justice. Barr did a grave disservice to this country by publicly announcing that President Donald Trump did no wrong and that he personally concluded that he did not obstruct justice. Now, if Americans actually read the report for themselves, they would know that Mueller never said it was up to the attorney general. He implied multiple times that it was up to Congress. I urge all Americans to read the report and then let Congress know what you think.
Joanne McCarthy, St. Petersburg
She will not be a nobody forever | Letter, April 30
A snowball is a somebody
I would like to thank Marilyn Warner of Clearwater who, in her beautifully succinct letter, listed the frustrations and disappointments of so many of us when it comes to our elected officials in Tallahassee. I, too, am a nobody right now, in education (retired) and knowing in my heart that like Marilyn and thousands of other educators, we will not only be heard, but all of our students will be heard as well. It is happening now. However, like a snowball rolling down a snowy hill, it will take a while, but when it reaches the bottom, the impact will be huge!
Cathi Greene, Dunedin
Vouchers are no cause to cheer | Editorial, May 1
Meet the same standards
If the Legislature wants to give tax dollars to private schools, lawmakers need to also ensure those institutions meet the accountability standards and other requirements of the public school system. That's the standard to which other businesses are held if they accept tax dollars/government contracts. Why should a school be any different?
Al Buscaino, Clearwater
Robbing teachers to pay charters | Column, April 23
Local money, statewide cuts
The bigger risk in the state re-allocating some local referendum funds to charter schools will be the decline in education funding as a percentage of state spending. It is the practice of the Legislature to decrease funding whenever local taxes are raised to offset declines in state revenue. They will do it again.
Steve McCarver, Dunedin
Living as a voter, not a felon
Before retiring, I worked for 30 years as a mental health counseling professor and licensed psychologist. How a person considers and thinks of himself or herself (their self concept), meaningfully affects their behavior. Ergo, it is my contention that a felon who can vote will be more apt to act like a good citizen and less like a felon.
William Emener, St. Pete Beach