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Florida teachers have to ‘co-parent.’ It’s part of the job | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Sunday’s letters to the editor.
A crowded lunch cafeteria at Pinellas Park Middle School in 2017.
A crowded lunch cafeteria at Pinellas Park Middle School in 2017. [ Times (2017) ]
Published Dec. 26, 2021

Schools and co-parenting

Parent protests about school Covid rules | Dec. 17

It cracks me up — in an annoying kind of way — when I see these signs that say “I don’t co-parent with the government.” Do these parents really not know and appreciate what goes on in the school their kids attend? The schools feed students free breakfast, free lunch, provide and help them change into other clothes when they wet / soil their own, provide nursing care when they feel sick and stay with them until the parent comes, walk them to their classroom when the parent drops them off late, provide transportation to an after-school program and get them on the correct school bus, wait with them after school when their parents are late picking them up, deal with their bad in-school behaviors, accommodate and attend to their physical/medical/emotional differences, plan special activities, all while trying to teach students from various backgrounds and of various abilities. Parents might want to instead take some time to appreciate what is being done for them and their children in our free public education system.

Susan Harper, St. Petersburg

Where are the women?

The Color of Justice: These are the faces of Florida’s criminal legal system | Dec. 19

The Times article “The Color of Justice” covered many issues related to the disparity of representation in the legal system, regarding race and ethnic background, but failed to mention the disparity in gender representation. The women in your photo array only made up approximately 27% of the people shown. In order to have complete representation, shouldn’t the lack of women also be of concern?

M. Diane Hodson, St. Petersburg

Condemn white supremacy

Talking about white privilege | Dec. 19

A letter writer says that white privilege is not being worried about getting shot or killed when pulled over by the police. It’s not a privilege that the police don’t kill you at a traffic stop. That is a basic human consideration. White people don’t have privilege. It’s that other races are considered less equal than whites and are therefore denied those basic human considerations.

Our Constitution considered slaves as only three-fifths of a person when it was first written. Too many white people, and too many white police officers, still believe some form of that sentiment about other races. White supremacy is the problem, not white privilege.

President Joe Biden should sign an executive order stating that all races are just as important and equal to the white race. He should challenge governors to do the same. He should challenge Congress and state legislators to pass similar resolutions, too. This would be government putting in writing that white supremacy is wrong. I know executive orders can be rescinded by the next leader. Let’s see how it plays out if anyone dared rescind it. And let’s see who in Congress would oppose this resolution.

Russ A. Johnson, Hudson

A campaign stunt

DeSantis’ new election crimes office: 52 positions and ‘unprecedented’ authority | Dec. 20

I think the $5.7 million dollar budget for this election fraud proposal should come out of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reelection campaign. That’s what this ridiculous proposal is all about. He is trying to use public money for his election.

Lucy Linder, Clearwater

Making elections safe

DeSantis’ new election crimes office: 52 positions and ‘unprecedented’ authority | Dec. 20

The Times reporting on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new election crime office proposal left out key facts on local jurisdictions not prosecuting election crimes. There is problem of local prosecutors not pursuing election related crimes. Through public records requests, the Public Interest Legal Foundation discovered 156 referrals from nine county supervisors of elections about potential criminal election law violations. There were no records of prosecutions or convictions in any of these Florida counties for election crimes.

Justice does not prevail when prosecutors never receive referrals or receive them and allow them to gather dust. There is no deterrence in a system where potential election criminals know there is no chance of being prosecuted, even after getting caught. This proposed election crime office will have the resources to follow through on referrals and prosecute individuals who commit voter fraud. One fraudulent vote cast is too many.

J. Christian Adams, President of the Public Interest Legal Foundation

* The Public Interest Legal Foundation is a conservative organization based in Indianapolis that advocates for tighter restrictions on voter registration.