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Get an education on charter schools

Letters to the Editor
Published October 8, 2006

School Board passes the buck on flier cost, Oct. 5 editorial

The Pasco County School Board did not "retreat" from its responsibility to educate voters because it is not its responsibility to do so. Its responsibility is to formulate and adopt school board policies consistent with the laws governing public education that are set by the Florida Legislature and to be fiscally responsible for the allocation of taxpayers' money to benefit the district and its students, not to print fliers, campaign buttons or posters for political referendums of any kind.

A printing of a flier by the School Board to better inform parents of the availability of charter schools in the district and their purpose, would be an appropriate and well-thought-out expenditure of taxpayers' money.

Emotionally distraught parents of The Language Academy charter school addressed the board on Tuesday and pleaded with the School Board to keep the school open. The school will close in less than 90 days if they cannot get their full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment up and receive money through private donations.

What parent of a struggling student, or a student who desires more one-on-one attention, would not want to send that child to a charter school if presented the opportunity and educated about it? Parents and private donors, visit the school site at, click on schools then charter schools to learn more.

Sheryl Hunting, Land O'Lakes

Rampant crudity offends this liberal

I was driving home from work Wednesday and stopped at a traffic signal in Port Richey. A woman on a Harley was in the turn lane beside me, and I had a full back view of her black T-shirt, which had "Shut the f---- up" (although all the words were clearly spelled out) in large white letters.

Why was it necessary for her to be wearing that shirt? She was wearing a cowboy hat with a bandana across her lower face, so perhaps she hoped no one would recognize her in her crude clothing.

I am a liberal from way back. I was on the staff of an underground newspaper in high school. I wore a black armband when President Nixon invaded Cambodia. I also helped start one of the first ecological organizations in my hometown. So trust me when I tell you I am a staunch supporter of our First Amendment rights.

You know what? I am sick to death of having my rights trampled on. I cannot turn the channel when someone pulls up beside me wearing crude language on the car or shirt. I cannot turn the channel when someone is blaring foul language on a sound system or out of their own mouth. I am sick of crude advertising.

I am fed up with my rights being ignored or minimized. I don't want this junk in my life!

So what can I do about it? I would join an organization, but I am concerned of being linked to someone like Rhonda Storms, whose politics I abhor. Are there any liberals out there who are repulsed by crudity being constantly thrown in their faces? I am sick of being assaulted like this in public, and I feel helpless to stop it. Anyone have ideas?

Heidi M. Belanger, Port Richey

Reporter's behavior is unacceptable

Re: Police reporter received traffic ticket, Oct. 6

So the reporter was given a ticket for a minor traffic violation. In addition he was given just a warning for going 24 mph over the speed limit.

In return for the officer's kindness, the reporter sets off on a personal smear campaign against the sheriff. If the officer used his position to get even with someone the Times would demand he be fired!

Will you hide responses on the bottom of the front page or will it get banner headlines like the smear campaign? Your paper should demonstrate it does not support this type of behavior.

Robert Coleman, New Port Richey


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