Teach critical thinking
Race theory is ruled out | June 11
Why are the Legislature, Gov. Ron DeSantis and now the Florida Board of Education so obsessed with critical race theory when they should be focused on critical thinking? Young people don’t need the education system to learn about it, and telling them they can’t in school is a dare. This is all wasted time and so disappointing. There is a long list of laws passed and signed this year that are headed to court — at taxpayers’ expense. And they reflect a lack of thinking other than the partisan type. Is it so unreasonable these days to think that common ground is achievable if you just work at it?
David Rettig, St. Petersburg
It’s Tampa Bay
Bay’s in the name | Letter, June 10
I laughed while reading the writer’s comment about leaving “Bay” out of Tampa, as I also yell the name correction at the play-by-play announcer during a game. The best one heard by far “the City of Tampa Bay.” Go Bolts!
Darryl David, St. Petersburg
Don’t elect foxes
‘The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy’ | Column, June 8
In Leonard Pitts’ column, he asks Sen. Joe Manchin to reconsider his ruling out the use of the filibuster for voting rights. Though I agree with him on this issue, the main problem is with us, the voters. He wrote, " Would you decline to support a For The Chickens Act solely because the foxes refused to sign?” As long as we keep voting for the foxes, who seem to care nothing about us chickens, we will continue to lose the battles.
Marilyn Wirth, Largo
Come up with a word
A new party game
I have an idea for a new party game — come up with words that should be added to everyday conversations. Some already exist, for example: Ambitextrous: Able to text using both thumbs at the same time; Zuckerpunch: Being banned by FaceBook; Dequorum: Elected officials denying a quorum by leaving the chamber before a vote can be counted; Augustrate: Arrange inauguration for the former guy in August 2021
J.C. Miseroy, Tampa