Today's Letters: Teachers deserve better treatment

Published May 25, 2007

Summer break a burden May 24, letter to the editor.

Teachers are not going to be paid for two weeks?

How is it that teachers are constantly in some sort of battle over pay wages? I don't understand how people don't see the gargantuan value of educators to the future of the entire world. There are very few professions that are as important to the overall survival and future of the human race, but there is always a continuous cycle where educators must prove themselves and speak out against injustices against them.

At the end of the summer there will be a two-week time span that teachers will not be paid. Most teachers are used to making the buck stretch, but now there won't be any bucks to stretch. Educators will be unemployed for two whole weeks. To some that may not be a big deal, but when teachers are already working an extra job to make ends meet, having a two-week lapse in pay is just crushing to their financial welfare.

Was this not thought of before the calendar was made up? How could this be overlooked? I guess the people in the higher-up positions don't really care about the little guy, as long as they are getting paid.

The fact of the matter is that teachers are not asking for anything unreasonable. We are just tired of being doormats to those higher-ups who constantly wipe their feet on us. We are simply trying to survive on meager wages, but when those meager wages are not there, what do we do?

Filing for unemployment may be the only way to make ends meet for those two weeks because I'm sure the mortgage, car-insurance and utilities companies will still expect to get their checks regardless of a teacher's woes.

Some kind of compensation must be arranged, or come August I'll be expecting food stamps in the mail.

Natalie Durrum, Spring Hill


Water shortage changes the rules 

Some required to keep lawns up May 22, letter to the editor

Roger Colucci's reply to Joyce Morris' letter (Gorgeous lawn is an empty prize, May 20) is disingenuous. Last time I checked, officers of the homeowners associations are voted in by the very same homeowners for whom the rules of the association are defined.

I would suggest that many associations will need to revisit outdated regulations in order to preserve a limited resource for more pressing needs. Although I do not know the lady, I believe Ms. Morris' brain to be in good working order.

Robert Watson, Spring Hill


Development hasn't helped 

Gorgeous lawn is an empty prize May 20, letter to editor

My wife and I have spent thousands of dollars at two different houses in Spring Hill since 2002 to establish and maintain a decent lawn. That doesn't count the hundreds of hours of accumulated time we put into it. This wasn't a "contest, " it was just like anyone else who is willing to put a lot of time, effort and money into trying to have something nice that they can enjoy, and even their neighbors and neighborhood can enjoy.

Where did all the money go from the steeply increased impact fees on new construction? How much of that money went directly toward infrastructure improvements in Hernando County, specifically to the water system? Anyone who has lived here for a while knows the "great development boom" of 2005-2007 changed this county, and in my opinion, certainly not for the better.

Slade Harmon, Spring Hill


Get information, then decide

Of all the ideas about what is needed to save lives, I would think having the Weather Channel on basic cable television would benefit us all. We are really at the mercy of others to tell us what's happening.

We've gotten so jaded, especially Florida natives, that we pay little attention to what others think and say. Let me see, and I'll decide between what I see and they say. I'm sure there would be less panic, traffic, etc.

Being born in St. Petersburg, we were told if you wanted to see if it was raining, look up. Ignorance is not bliss.

Linda Kirkwood, Spring Hill


Hospital visit opens eyes

I recently read in the newspaper that our lawmakers, including our new governor, can't decide what to do with no-fault insurance. If they end it, every policy holder will save $200 to $300 a year on their insurance policies. This covers people who are driving with no insurance. (Consult your insurance agent and make sure you are covered for injuries.)

The politicians feel that the poor hospitals and doctors may not be paid for their services. I recently went to a hospital in Spring Hill on a Sunday, because most doctor's offices are closed on that day. It was for a tetanus shot. The day before, my neighbor's dog had wrapped his leash around a tree and was choking, so I freed him. He was so happy he kept jumping up and scratched my arm numerous times. I cleansed my arm and put triple antibiotic lotion on it. On Sunday, I decided better safe than sorry, that's when I went to the hospital.

I told them at the hospital all I needed was a tetanus shot. The wait was pretty long and a nurse took my vitals, which took about 15 minutes.

Finally, I went into the emergency room, another fairly long wait until a nurse came in with a stethoscope. She said she wanted to check my lungs, then she left.

After another wait, a nurse came in and I told her all I wanted was a tetanus shot. She went out to the emergency room desk and got one of the men out there to come in.

I said to him, "Finally, a doctor." He said he wasn't a doctor. He looked at my arm and I told him what I had done for it. I told him all I wanted was a tetanus shot. He said the arm looked good and he would get me a shot. I received a shot and left.

My insurance covered this and I received a paid bill. The charges were $922.32 for the emergency room and $200 for an assistant surgeon.

I'm glad I didn't need two tetanus shots!

I called the hospital to question the bill and was told that I had the luxury of using the hospital as there was nowhere else to go. I questioned the cost of the emergency room and was told that was the usual fee.

How can the politicians say they are worried about the poor hospitals? Do you know any poor doctors?

By the way, what happened to the rebates on homeowners insurance by Citizens? Lots of promises, no action. Shame on you politicians!

Al Collum, Spring Hill


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