Ban the Bible?
USF faculty condemns bills to alter higher education in Florida | March 24
If the Florida Legislature is trying to ban any courses in higher education that are “based on unproven, theoretical or exploratory content,” then shouldn’t any courses in religion or Bible studies be banned too? Let the screaming from the “righteous” commence!
Michael Lang, Seminole
We need the money
Florida passes on millions in federal gun violence prevention money | March 24
Here is more proof, though we already knew, that our governor and legislature don’t care about public safety or preventing gun violence. The state turned down this federal gun violence prevention money because of “complex compliance requirements” including having to create a crisis intervention advisory board. How hard it that? More than 40 other states managed to comply. Heck, our governor created an entire new law enforcement agency to find voter fraud. So far the state has budgeted millions of dollars and arrested a couple dozen people. Are you impressed?
Martin Fouts, St Petersburg
Florida again targets faculty tenure at universities. Here’s why that matters. | March 23
Have you been investing in Florida’s payment plans for college? Your state government is currently actively devaluing your investment. They are all but eliminating tenure, which provides professors like me the ability to take risks in research and to bolster the reputation of Florida’s excellent state university system. They are limiting our academic freedom to teach actual history, science, and medical research in our classes. Your hard earned dollars, invested into funds like Florida Prepaid, will be worth less, if not worthless, when Florida state universities fail to attract top tier talent to the teaching and professorial ranks of our great institutions.
It is important to remember, as voters and taxpayers, that your universities achieved their current high status on the backs of professors who tirelessly teach the most current material, who pull in millions of research dollars that create jobs in our region and train future job creators. Students don’t come to our universities because of our government, and government officials certainly don’t drive the world class research in our universities. If you are angry about your hard-earned money being wasted by your government, these attacks on higher education that will certainly hurt our universities should be the focus of your anger.
Brad Rosenheim, St. Petersburg
What are they hiding?
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ travel is not a state secret | Editorial
I’m amazed at the audacious behavior of Gov. Ron DeSantis. Now he and the Legislature wants to keep it a secret how he spends our taxpayer dollars. He travels on our money to promote his book, agenda and his presidential campaign. Rarely do I agree with Donald Trump, but he’s right about his criticisms of our governor.
James Harazin, St. Petersburg
Foster kids need you
I spent eight years in foster care before I was adopted. I dealt with challenges that adults, much less kids, should not have to go through. Those challenges included not feeling wanted, depression and anxiety at a young age, and having to wait years before finally having a forever family. I know what feeling neglected feels like. My experience in foster care was challenging; it motivated me to step up and change a child’s life for the better.
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I have been a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer for years and am now a Child Advocate Manager. Every child deserves a champion. Every child deserves to have someone who will stand by them in the worst time of their life. While my role is to focus solely on the child and report my recommendations to the court, I also get to be a part of the child’s life.
I visit each kid at least once a month, but I am also there when they need me most: a rough day at school, doctor’s appointments, or cheering them on during their game. Children with a Guardian ad Litem are more likely to find permanency than those without. Having a Guardian Ad Litem like myself makes them less likely to fall through the cracks. A child with a Guardian ad Litem is four times more likely to graduate from high school than a child without.
If you want to make a difference in a child’s life, this is the way.
To volunteer, visit www.guardianadlitem.org/.
Derrick Perez, Tallahassee