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A boy dies after the system fails him | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
Chera Lynn Nyerick holds a photo of her son, Julian Carter, an 11-year-old boy who took his own life after multiple attempts and after being Baker acted 44 times.
Chera Lynn Nyerick holds a photo of her son, Julian Carter, an 11-year-old boy who took his own life after multiple attempts and after being Baker acted 44 times. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Nov. 9

The system failed Julian

Julian Carter was Baker Acted 44 times. Without proper care, he died at 11. | Nov. 7

I read with disbelief the story of Julian Carter. And I teared up several times during the reading. In the late 1990s after I retired from 40 years of corporate life, I took the training and served for about four years as a Guardian Ad Litem in the 13th Judicial Circuit. In that time I represented 10 children ranging in age and severity of the child’s issues. I represented several “failure to thrive” children, most with successful outcomes after major interventions. I cannot imagine that during that interval, any child would have suffered like Julian without a similar major intervention by the court system. What in the world has happened to the system in the 20 years I have been gone?

David Campbell, Tampa

Good in the world

Pooch punts with a purpose | Nov. 7

This was such an uplifting story about relationships between humans and our animal friends. I am very grateful for people like Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Bradley Pinion and his wife who choose to use the money they receive to help others. I also am grateful to Times sports columnist Rick Stroud for reporting the story and reminding me how much good there still is in our world. To think a pet could help BJ Ganem want to keep going in his darkest time is one of the many gifts animals can possess.

Lynn Plazewski, San Antonio

A criticism for the birds

Big Bird gets vaccinated

What? Did I hear right? Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, has dissed Big Bird for advocating vaccinations. Big Bird has spent the last 50 years teaching children how to be nice and respect their friends and neighbors, how to read and generally create a kinder world. “My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy,” Big Bird, eternally 6 years old, wrote on Twitter on Saturday. In response, Cruz tweeted, “Government propaganda … for your 5-year-old!” I have 30,000 hours of studio and location time in television as a stage manager and even spent three weeks with Big Bird in China, and nobody over there even knew who he was, but I can tell you that an 8-foot yellow bird does get some curious looks on the Great Wall. And while in China, he never once went to a Communist Party party. Communist indeed. Socialist indeed. Propagandist indeed! And Big Bird never took a vacation in Cancun either. So critics, keep your McCarthy Red-baiting in the closet.

Brooks Fountain, Tarpon Springs