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Please don’t leave Florida to raise your rainbow family | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Pasco County schools have faced criticism over stickers like these being placed in classrooms. The district, citing a new Florida law, ordered all "safe space" stickers to be removed on Thursday.
Pasco County schools have faced criticism over stickers like these being placed in classrooms. The district, citing a new Florida law, ordered all "safe space" stickers to be removed on Thursday. [ Times (2017) ]
Published Sep. 7

Please stay in Florida

As a queer married couple, here’s why we’ll quit Florida | Column, Sept. 3

Florida needs the author of this column, Meredith Mechanik. I hope that she continues to pursue her master’s in social work at USF and become a therapist here. I hope she raises her rainbow family with love and intelligent views while standing up to the bullies. Vote the bullies out of office, and help create safe places in Florida with all of us.

Courtenay O’Connell, Palm Harbor

Careless pedestrians

Deadlier the NYC to cross a road here | Editorial, Sept. 4

Once again our state is raked over the coals without any reference material. How many were killed while crossing where they are supposed to? Or run over by cars up on the sidewalk? I spent two years walking my way around Tampa, and by using the lessons I learned as a 5-year-old about crossing the street, never came close to being hit. The solution to any problem is to address that problem, and constant ignoring of the carelessness of pedestrians is the biggest part of this.

James Jones, Tampa

Ignorance of the law

Deadlier the NYC to cross a road here | Editorial, Sept. 4

While your editorial rightfully cites road design as a key reason pedestrians die so often on our roads, ignorance of the law is another factor. Pedestrians are allowed to cross at virtually every intersection. Many people think “crosswalk” means a marked crosswalk. But according to Florida law, virtually every intersection has designated crosswalks, whether they are marked or not. And unless there are signalized crosswalks at both nearest intersections, the pedestrian may enter the crosswalk and the motorist must yield, unless it is impossible to do so. If a motorist can stop in time to allow the pedestrian to cross, he must do so even if there is no traffic signal or marked crosswalk.

Peter Wray, Treasure Island

Sir. Fries with that, sir?

Fla. National Guard could help at short-staffed prisons | Sept. 6

I read this headline and recalled the governor’s program to put unemployed veterans in classrooms, and I wondered: Is there a pattern to the governor’s thinking? Based on common sense, staff shortages in schools and prisons and any number of jobs are due to inadequate pay and or undesirable working conditions. So how does use of military and ex-military to address the underlying issue of staff shortages help out? If that’s the best solution, then will we soon see the National Guard at the window of our local fast food joint?

Greg Matthews, St. Petersburg

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