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Sheriff should think carefully before talking

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001

Editor: Re: Dementia patient dies in accident, Feb. 1 St. Petersburg Times:

I feel compelled to write regarding the thoughtless comment made by Sheriff Jeff Dawsy about the accident that took the life of a dementia patient from Sugarmill Manor on Jan. 30.

His comment was "There's nothing out of the ordinary except someone is dead." I'm sure Mrs. Sweatman's family felt it was out of the ordinary. The loss of life is not ordinary. Under the circumstances, I think Sheriff Dawsy should have just kept his mouth shut if he couldn't think of a more appropriate comment. It would appear his mouth was engaged before his brain.

I hope Sheriff Dawsy never has to undergo the tragedy of having a loved one suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Their fear and anxiety are heartbreaking to endure for family and caregivers.

At any rate, as a public servant, I think the sheriff needs to think seriously before making such an insensitive, tactless statement.
-- Audrey J. Winfield, Homosassa

School Board needs to drop preoccupation with religion

Editor: Re: Shiny things sidetrack board from job: school, Feb. 11 column by Citrus Times editor Greg Hamilton:

Kudos to Mr. Hamilton for his column. It is my hope he is wrong that nothing will change, and that School Board members will reflect on their preoccupation with religion and do what they are paid to do: give our kids a well-rounded education -- sans opinions about religion.

Get on with it, School Board.
-- Ken LaPorte, Crystal River

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