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Florida should take over foster care duties itself | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
The state capitol in Tallahassee. A letter writer suggests that Florida should take over foster care duties rather than continue to contract the services out.
The state capitol in Tallahassee. A letter writer suggests that Florida should take over foster care duties rather than continue to contract the services out.
Published Nov. 23

It’s the state’s job

Rush on to find foster agency | Nov. 20

Previous to the experiment in contracting out Florida’s foster care services, the system was operated by the state of Florida itself through the Department of Children and Families or its predecessor, Health and Rehabilitative Services. It wasn’t perfect, but it is time to return to a state-run foster care system. Hire the contract social workers as state employees, and then provide oversight by the Department of Children and Families and the inspector general of that agency.

Ron Frankel, St. Petersburg

Legal but still wrong

Rittenhouse is acquitted | Nov. 20

What Kyle Rittenhouse did was not right but it was legal. What George Zimmerman and a host of others have done was not right but was legal. They created a hostile situation and then found the reason if not need to kill their opponents to end it. This tragic frailty of stand-your-ground-type laws continues to reveal itself in otherwise needless deaths. If Rittenhouse and the others had not enabled the conflicts in which they found themselves, they would not have had to stand their ground and their victims would still be alive. A Times in-depth investigation of stand your ground in 2012 supports this along with identifying numerous other concerns. Add open carry during public protest and the peril of this frailty escalates dramatically.

Gerald Kaszer, St. Petersburg

Up is down

DeSantis signs mandate limits | Nov. 19

What insanity it is to block mandates for people to get protection from a deadly disease? We live in an upside-down world.‬

Tom Miller, Clearwater

Don’t ban books

Pinellas schools ordered to remove LGBTQ book | Nov. 20

Regardless of how one feels about a specific book available in our schools, all citizens should be alarmed that the Pinellas School District did not follow its own procedure for when a book is challenged for removal when they removed Gender Queer from library bookshelves. In the professional judgment of educators where the book was available, it was a valuable resource. There are dire consequences when the judgment of professionals is overridden by political agendas. Authoritarian regimes have shown us what happens when book censorship is unleashed. Don’t let it happen here.

George Meyers, St. Pete Beach