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Letters to the Editors

Candidates given nod without deep scrutiny


© St. Petersburg Times
published August 25, 2002

Re: We can't be bribed -- not even with doughnut holes, Aug. 18 C.T. Bowen column. Editor: I feel I must set the record straight about the column. You went to a great deal to explain to your readers how you will not accept any form of compensation for your endorsement, which is commendable.

However, if I offended you by asking if you had a possible conflict of interest, it is only because your newspaper has a record of supporting certain candidates without the deep scrutiny you subject others to.

The two elected officials you mentioned, one jailed and the other removed from office, were given raving endorsements by your newspaper. Is there anything in my opponent's background that you are not disclosing?
-- Len Trubia, School Board candidate District 3

Kudos to principal for enforcing dress code

Re: School shoe violation punishment was ridiculous, Aug. 21 letter. Editor: This is an answer to the person in Roanoke, Va., who complained about his niece being suspended for wearing unauthorized shoes to school in New Port Richey.

He ridiculed the principal for enforcing the rules. I applaud the principal for doing the right thing. Perhaps if principals were able to enforce the rules as they should, we taxpayers wouldn't have to pay for a police officer at every school.

There is no one who could convince me this girl did not know about regulations regarding dress codes. As an incoming freshman, I'm sure she and her classmates have talked about the dress codes they would be forced to obey when they made the transition from middle school to high school.

The uncle's complaint about the in-school suspension "for a lousy shoe violation" indicates that she doesn't think the rules apply to her too. At least, I hope so, for her sake.
-- George Phillips, New Port Richey

Rules for students help schools maintain order

Re: School shoe violation punishment was ridiculous, Aug. 21 letter. Editor: Once again personal responsibility takes a back seat. The letter writer is clearly upset that his niece was sent to in-school suspension for wearing unauthorized shoes on her first day of high school.

The letter stated, "Boy, that sure taught her a lesson. Welcome to high school." I agree. Welcome to high school. We have rules here and as the responsible student we assume you are, you will be expected to follow them.

While some infractions may seem minor, and some punishments appear harsh, these are the constraints placed on the student body to maintain order in our schools. Information regarding appropriate school dress is made available to all students in Pasco County schools. It is up to the parents and students to review these materials and see that the guidelines are met. Failure to follow policies, in school or the workplace, will result in disciplinary action. And that is the fault of no one but the individual committing the offense.

Casting disparaging remarks about the mental competency of our school administrators is not a proactive way of dealing with the situation. Rather, have them review the dress code at her high school, so they won't make the same mistake twice.
-- John W. Berglowe, New Port Richey

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