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Letters to the Editors

Revisiting the IPSville idea

© St. Petersburg Times
published May 26, 2002

Re: The decision to dissolve IPSville at Inverness Primary School.

Isn't it a shame that a small group of people criticized IPSville to the extent that Terry Charles felt compelled to do away with it? A couple of hours each week devoted to teaching our children some important life skills was a practice that actually had to be defended.

Now the FCAT scores are in, and Inverness Primary School ranks among the highest. What was the argument against IPSville again? IPS is very fortunate to have a caring and dedicated principal, such as Mrs. Charles. She proudly states she has been in education for 30 years, and she has certainly proven to be a strong leader. Yet, there were a few who second-guessed her, and now our children will be without a valuable part of their education, despite the fact many more were in favor of IPSville. (That is further evidence of the honor and integrity of the IPS leader).

Now with FCAT scores becoming available, surely we can all see that IPS has been doing something right.
-- Jennifer and Robin Cooper, Inverness

State senator responds

Re: Brown-Waite not listening to all sides in gun debate, May 5 letter to the editor:

Once again Arthur Hayhoe is distorting the truth. It is disconcerting that he regularly gets his letters published with all his distortions included. Upon checking with my staff, as well as several members from both parties and the staff director of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, I found that Mr. Hayhoe has never provided the information he is claiming he supplied about terrorists buying guns at gun shows in Florida. The "volumes of briefs" he claims he mailed to me and others on the committee were never received by the senators from either party I have checked with.

If Mr. Hayhoe and his group had "volumes of proof" of illegal gun show purchases by terrorists that he claims he sent to the members, he should get his money back from the mail service he used, because no Senate member I have spoken to ever received this information, nor did they meet with Mr. Hayhoe.

We held several public hearings and at no time did the Floridians for Gun Safety ever request to present any information to the committee. Mr. Hayhoe and another member of his group did stop by my office to discuss general gun control issues. They also voiced their opinions to my aide about a photo of me examining a weapon.

Gun safety is an admirable thing, and all gun owners and non-gun owners support that cause. Mr. Hayhoe has taken the liberty of using that name for his organization when he really should call the group the "We Want to Really Outlaw All Firearms in America Coalition."

Yes, I strongly support the Second Amendment, which gives Americans the right to own firearms, as does a majority of Americans. Mr. Hayhoe has his agenda, and we regularly disagree on this issue. However, this time, I am not sitting by and allowing him to publicly distort the truth.
-- Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, Senate District 10

Belated recognition

On Monday, the Academy of Environmental Science, Citrus County's only Charter School, celebrated the graduation of its first student group. In the euphoria of the moment, the Academy Board and faculty members failed to adequately recognize the significant role played by its equal partner, the Citrus County School Board, in this success. Particularly to Patience Nave and Ginger Bryant, who were at the dinner.

The Citrus County School Board gave a unanimous vote of support to the Academy during its May meeting, and this motion was greatly appreciated. I ask that CCSB accept this belated note of recognition. The Academy can flourish only with the continued, active support of its School Board partners.

On behalf of the Academy, I offer an unconditional apology that the Graduation Dinner did not include specific recognition of the Citrus County School Board's invaluable contribution and continued support.
-- Chris Lloyd, AES Board Member, Lecanto

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