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Today's Letters: No sympathy for shooting victims

Letters to the Editor
Published December 7, 2007


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Between brothers: death, pain, anguish story, Dec. 2

Are you kidding me? I can't believe this article was written with sympathy toward this family.

My 9-year-old and 7-year-old sons were at Curtis Fundamental School, two blocks away from this shooting, when it happened. How about writing articles about the kids who are still afraid that someone is going to come after them? Every time they hear noises outside, they think it is gunfire. Every time they hear a helicopter overhead, they assume there is a bad person running around. My older son now wants to get a security alarm for our house and one of his fears is that he will be murdered.

They are still too young to understand fully that these people are what my friend and I call "terrorists" in my city (forget about Osama). How about a little personal responsibility? I'm sorry that this lady has 37 grandchildren she can't afford to buy Christmas presents for. My husband is a carpenter who was laid off and our kids are not going to have a great Christmas. Where is that personal responsibility for having six kids and then 37 grandkids? The way this article was written, we are almost made to feel sorry for these people.

I can't believe that you don't have a better story to run than one on gangs that are ruining our neighborhoods and scaring our children.

Nicole Modrak, Clearwater

Health care pros deserve thanks

I've known for some time that the rate at which bad news travels is much faster than that of good news. It has also been apparent that while good news rarely gets more than one exposure, bad news makes the rounds over and over, gaining embellishment in the retelling.

That said, let me tell some good news concerning the quality of health care available in the vicinity of Tarpon Springs.

I just had successful surgery for colon cancer. Two weeks ago I didn't know that I had a problem. I went to my local doctor's clinic for a routine, semi-annual blood test. A problem was found in less than an hour. I was hospitalized, prepped and within 24 hours, found to have cancer of the colon. Surgery was scheduled and performed, and in 12 days, almost to the minute, I was home recovering from a successful procedure.

Along the way I met and was cared for by literally dozens of medical professionals. Their capability and concern were unanimous and impressive; it might be equaled elsewhere but I doubt surpassed. My hat's off to the staff and physicians at our Helen Ellis Hospital.

Carl E. Tack Jr., Tarpon Springs

Please curtail fighting in school

Public schools have become very lenient toward violence and disciplining students.

At my high school, Clearwater High, we now only have one school resource officer. Last year we had two, and even that was not enough to keep things under control. If a shooting or dangerous riot were to occur, 2,000 lives would be at risk.

There is no one around to break up fights at school except for the weak, unarmed assistant principals. This is causing innocent people to get hurt. Our principal is not addressing these fights to the parents or school board and it is starting to become a public issue.

Public schools have become permissive about student discipline. There is a no-tolerance policy toward drugs and alcohol - if you use it and are caught, you get kicked out. The same circumstances should be used concerning fights and violence. Teachers and staff at public schools let students take advantage of the rules. Even while play-fighting, things can get dangerous.

If something is not done to control all this fighting, someone could be seriously injured.

Katie Moore, Clearwater

[Last modified December 6, 2007, 23:46:04]


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