Letters to the Editors
Schools need comparative religion course
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 27, 2000
Editor: Re: Bible study in Hernando County schools:
I am in favor of an elective course on the Christian Bible -- provided the Bible is presented as part of a biblical literature course. As for a Bible study course, who do you believe will sign up for this elective? I'd wager the students would be of Christian backgrounds, children who are already quite familiar with the Bible and its teachings.
A better idea, perhaps one that would appeal to a larger group of students, would be an elective instruction on comparative religions. Judaism, Islam, Wicca, Buddhism, etc., all are recognized religions. Most are greatly misunderstood.
For example, Wiccans are currently receiving their annual blame for ritually abusing cats. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are certainly many strange and emotionally disturbed people who do horrible things to animals. Wiccans are not among them. They are not Satanists. Theirs is a gentle, positive, life-affirming way. (Did you know the basic tenet of Wicca is "harm none"?)
As one who has conducted independent studies on the diverse religions of the world, I feel a comparative religion course (including fundamental Christian beliefs) would go a long way toward promoting a tolerance and understanding for each other.
And isn't that the end result board member Jerry Milby desires?
Spring Hill beautification project is alive and well
Editor: I was shocked to see an editorial guest cartoon on Oct. 24 suggesting that the beautification effort in Spring Hill is doomed to failure. That is absolutely incorrect.
The beautification project succeeded beyond our expectations. More than a dozen businesses have signed on to sponsor medians along Spring Hill Drive. They recognize what a winning opportunity they have to contribute to the beauty of their community and receive public recognition for their efforts. Challenger Irrigation is designing a sprinkler system for free and has volunteered to install it.
The Hernando County Commission has enthusiastically supported the public/private improvement project. County workers are even now putting together the final details to get this outstanding effort started.
Those rutted, sandy, unkempt medians on Spring Hill Drive soon will be transformed into grassy medians, accented with evergreen and flowering trees.
This dramatic change is coming about because the business community, the county commission and a group of volunteers worked together to solve a problem.
A word to your cartoonist: Don't hang crepe on this project. It is alive and well.
Dog park in Spring Hill would be great opportunity
Editor: I am writing in response to a letter that was sent in reference to having a dog park in Spring Hill.
As a dog owner, I think it is a great idea. My husband and I also have an 18-month-old daughter who would love to be around other dogs, and people as well. It is a great opportunity for dogs to get together and play, as well as people getting to meet other people, and that would happen at the dog park.
I have relatives who live in California and bring their dog to their dog park every weekend. They love it and so do their dogs. If they can have one in California, why not one in Spring Hill? As I mentioned before, I think it is a great idea and I am all for it.
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