Letters to the Editors
Bustling foster family is just in the wrong place
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002
Re: Family accused of being a business, Sept. 26
Editor: I'll add my 2 cents worth from the opposing side in the Forest Lakes brouhaha over the foster home/family. Almost every letter on this has been either supportive or at least sympathetic to the Gourlays.
I think it's not so simple. Their house is about the same size as mine, so my first thought was, "Where can they put 11 people?" When my daughter's family visits, we are six -- and almost on top of one another as it is.
I was in the area on another matter, so I drove by the house in question. Since that subdivision is villas and condos, I would imagine mainly older people live there. Not curmudgeons like me necessarily, just tending to empty nesters and grandparents. The lots are small. That house is on a corner lot with chain-link fence covered by sheeting (a visual/dust barrier). There are swings, a trampoline and other stuff in the back, which is right on the side street.
What they are doing is certainly commendable, but if I were a neighbor, I'd be none too pleased. I would bet that the "running a business out of the home" angle is the only way for the homeowners association to attack the problem. I applaud what the Gourlays are doing, and most of their neighbors probably do, too. But nine kids in that house in that neighborhood? Sorry.
Homeowners associations continue terrorizing families
Editor: Well, here we go again. The homeowners association is suing another family for having too many foster children because the association considers having foster children a business.
These clowns who run these associations make me sick. They must get some kind of sick thrill out of acting like bullies and holding whole communities hostage.
They are forever sending threatening letters or calling their attorneys. Of course, they don't have the guts to knock on your door and confront you face to face. They do it by hiding behind their letters or their attorney. I strongly suggest that everyone write their state representatives and strongly urge them to change the law so we can put a stop to these bullies once and for all. Only then will we be free of these tyrants.
Forest Lakes Estates hubbub sends message to young people
Editor: My hat is off to the St. Pete Times for exposing this meanness and a big hooray for the people who have been writing letters voicing their opinion on the Forest Lakes Estates matter.
Young citizens of Florida remember this as we get to be seniors: Do not act this way.
Amendment would save on prescription drug costs
Editor: There is a great concern regarding the cost of prescription drugs. I have some good news.
The Gutknecht Amendment to the 2002 Medicare Drug coverage Bill, (H.R. 5186) if passed, will drastically reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
How? If passed, this amendment will allow pharmacies, drug wholesalers and individuals to purchase prescription drugs from FDA-certified manufacturers in other countries. These drugs are as safe and effective as those available now. The only difference is the cost.
The FDA, in collusion with the drug companies, has a quasi-monopoly that forces Americans to pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. This limits competition that would lower costs. For more information on the prescription drug cost crisis, log on to www.stopfda.org.
U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman, D-Dunnellon, our congressional representative in this area, needs to be contacted and asked to support this amendment. Her number is (727) 849-4496. Remember, there are more consumers than drug company lobbyists.
"Writeress' should have been clear, called actor an actress
Editor: Barbara Fredricksen, in "Steppin' Out," says two actors are playing male and female lead parts in My Fair Lady.
Is Meredith Inglesby a female impersonator playing the part of Eliza? I thought Meredith was a male name, as in Meredith Wilson, the great composer.
Then I saw that "she" has the title of Ms., so she must be a female. If she is a female, why don't newspaper writers refer to stage females as actresses? Surely female actresses are not ashamed of being female.
The two sexes are different. They are programmed by nature for different purposes. Most people know this and this is why I can't understand why writeresses can't see the difference. It would be very helpful to me to have females use the female designation, such as actresses, etc.
We have enough confusion in America now. Writers and writeresses should strive for clarity and clear communication to their audiences.
Preserve Second Amendment to protect against tyranny
Re: Constitution doesn't give everyone right to pack a pistol, Sept. 20 letter
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