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Overhead walkways could save pedestrians

© St. Petersburg Times
published November 3, 2002

Editor: I just can't understand it. There are so many deaths caused by people trying to cross busy highways, and no one seems to do anything about it.

Why can't there be overhead walkways on these busy highways? So many love to walk, but in most cases, we take the chance of getting hit by cars. If people could walk safely there would be fewer cars, less pollution and more exercise.
-- Bess Waterfield, Bayonet Point

Parents praise teachers at Deerwood Academy

Editor: As parents of a Deerwood Academy student, we felt compelled to share some positive aspects that the school has to offer.

First and foremost would be the curriculum and the teachers that bring that curriculum to life. Our daughter has grown and expanded her horizons by being challenged and encouraged by teachers who care and want to be a part of her successes. They are able to give individual help and attention to each and every child, because the class sizes are small.

There is a genuine camaraderie between the students and a pride in their school (even with the uniforms).

We realize that the public school district has its hands full trying to clean up Deerwood's recent financial mess and that it is too soon to say what Deerwood's future will hold, but we will continue to have faith that our daughter will be able to complete her middle school education where it began in the fifth grade.

Please let's not forget that the teachers and students are blameless in all of this and that in spite of all the negative publicity surrounding Deerwood right now, we can't think of a better place that we would want our child to receive her education than where she is.
-- Bill and Ginnie Logan, Hudson

Players deserved to have a championship game

Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the football players at Weightman Middle and Chasco Middle for their outstanding seasons. It takes great dedication and hard work to produce an undefeated season.

As a coach for 22 years, I take offense when someone says competition is a bad thing at the middle school level. We all have our opinions on this, but I feel all the middle school coaches in Pasco County do an outstanding job of keeping competition in perspective while teaching team work, dedication, striving for a goal, and -- most importantly -- sportsmanship. It seems that academic competition is okay to those who put down athletic competition. It's okay to have one winner when it's a spelling bee, science fair, band competition, geography bee, math competition, etc.

I think the championship game was deserved by all the players, and I have no doubt that all the players on both teams wanted to play. The kids are the ones who lost out. It wasn't because of budget cuts or rules saying it shouldn't be played but because a handful of adults didn't agree with it.
-- Tony Qualtiere, Hudson

Statement on Bilirakis not meant to be negative

Re: Greeks wooed in race for House, Nov. 1. Editor: I wish to clarify for your readers that the statement I made regarding Greeks wanting to "turn out" U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis was based on a sense of prevailing political winds in the local Greek community and that many Greeks would like to see a new face in this seat. All Greeks, myself included, respect Mike for his accomplishments and do not intend for this to be taken in a negative way.
-- Chuck Kalogianis, candidate, District 9, New Port Richey

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