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Liberal professors leaving Florida make more room for conservative views | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
 
The Tampa Bay Times cover story about some state university educators leaving Florida.
The Tampa Bay Times cover story about some state university educators leaving Florida. [ Times files ]
Published July 12, 2023

Professors leaving

Are Florida laws chasing university faculty away? Some see a ‘brain drain.’ | July 9

I think all of your readers know that most of our colleges have been liberal since the 1960s. We’ve read about conservative speakers being shouted down and students who won’t speak up because they know that they will be ostracized. We need a better balance in our colleges. So if these liberal instructors and professors are leaving, it might make room for some conservative hires.

In addition, with the high cost of college today, it is good that taxpayer money will no longer fund the expensive and unnecessary diversity, equity and inclusion programs that have sprung up recently.

John Hungerford, Palm Harbor

Two sides, please

Are Florida laws chasing university faculty away? Some see a ‘brain drain.’ | July 9

What ever happened to balanced reporting when newspapers presented both sides of a story? In reporting on the exodus of educators in the article because of “core beliefs,” the article only seemed to present one view, that of the professors and teachers who were leaving.

There are other “core beliefs” in existence among educators. Having different perspectives is part of the human experience. So where is the story of opposing beliefs to provide a balance of perspectives? Aren’t there any educators who are staying because of the changes or who will come to teach in Florida because they like the changes? Is there a possibility of an influx of educators who want to escape the liberal, nontraditional three R’s Pablum they are required to follow by boards and teacher’s unions in far left states? How about a front page article espousing this point of view from educators?

David White, Clearwater

Flight over fight

Are Florida laws chasing university faculty away? Some see a ‘brain drain.’ | July 9

Personally, I’m quite willing to risk the so-called brain drain, as though promoting the Parental Rights in Education Act and banning teaching critical race theory could conceivably strip our colleges of all intellectual rigor. What I say to the instructors and professors who are leaving Florida schools: Bye bye.

Eric Goodwin, Wesley Chapel

Biden validation

Times letter writers did not invalidate my argument for DeSantis | July 8

I will validate the reason for the reelection of Joe Biden. He gets things done.

How about the infrastructure bill? He got it done with support of Republicans, some of whom said it would never happen. Now he goes to the Republican states that voted against it for the ground breaking. That’s my guy!

How about COVID? He got this country through a pandemic and saved many lives. How about our economy? Best in the world, even after a pandemic. How about fighting for people’s rights? I prefer the old guy who speaks of unity and gets things done.

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