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A leader with spunk

I watched the Hillsborough County School Board meeting on Tuesday night with anger and despair. It was a prime example of bullies in a playground ganging up against an individual — obviously, April Griffin and Susan Valdes are used to bullying people and getting their way, and therein lies the problem. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is a strong, classy person who can withstand the bullying of these two and any others who might take a swipe at her.

I have been retired for several years after being an employee with Hillsborough County schools for 38 years. I’ve worked through the good ole boys’ days and rejoiced when Elia was chosen our supervisor. You can trust her to do everything in her power to protect her employees and staff; she’s a trustworthy person who has proven time and time again what a respected leader she is.

With her as leader, our county has never been held in such high regard. Through her own health problems and the death of her beloved mother, she has never faltered — working around the clock many days, always available. We are extremely fortunate to have a leader of such caliber and spunk as Elia. I was so proud to work for her.

It’s amazing how the before-mentioned two people can attack someone, yet when it’s suggested that they “look in the mirror” they can’t take the criticism and rebel. Griffin and Valdes are two pompous, vindictive women who really showed their true colors Tuesday night. They are on the board to cause problems and will continue to do so. The only hope our county has is that they both be voted out of office. Then, perhaps, the school board and MaryEllen can have the atmosphere that’s needed and required for success.

Gail Womble

Tampa

School audit requested

Regarding “Elia deserves contract extension” (Our Views, Sept. 21):

It was stated the Hillsborough County public school system administration “put the $100 million Gates Foundation grant to good use ... .” As I understand the Gates initiative, the purpose of those funds was to assist teachers and education in financially deprived school districts nationwide. Recently, I observed a large number of expensive vehicles exiting the school system’s administrative employee parking garage on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa at the close of business. How does a school district qualify for Gates Foundation money while paying its administrative personnel such accommodating salaries? I think a financial audit should be conducted to review the Hillsborough school system’s administrative salaries, why they were selected as a Gates Foundation recipient, and a detailed account of how the Gates money was utilized.

The Hillsborough school system needs to be reminded that its purpose is to serve teachers and education, not the opposite.

Frank E. Orzechowski

Mulberry

Obamacare ‘dangerous’

I could not believe the editorial on Obamacare (“A dangerous political game,” Our Views, Sept. 24). As you know, Americans were against Obamacare from the beginning. Only through much arm twisting and empty promises did the legislation pass. Remember the promises on abortion? Remember the promises that Obamacare would result in reduced costs for insurance, etc.?

Recent polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans are against Obamacare. Yet the Tribune castigates the Republicans, who are doing the right thing — what the majority wants. The Tribune should attack the Democrats who are going against the will of the people. Like dictators, they want to ram Obamacare down our throats whether we want it or not.

Will Obamacare be used to punish those against the administration as the IRS has been doing? Obamare is dangerous on many levels, not only in destroying the best health care system in the world but in giving the central government total control over our lives.

Charles J. Garcia

Tampa

How to break impasse

Day after day, week after week, month after month and now, year after year, Congress has argued over the Affordable Care Act while accomplishing virtually nothing. My suggestion is for Congress to vote in favor of delaying implementation (like President Obama chose to do with part of it). Then, each representative should take the time to study the entire bill and make an outline of the law’s favorable and unfavorable parts. They then can use their outlines to explain to citizens they represent exactly why this is a good or bad law for all of us (no one, including them, should be excluded from its coverage).

Once they understand the entire bill, they may be able to agree on whether it is a good law or should be repealed.

James D. Blair

Zephyrhills

Navigators

I read with interest the recent articles discussing the “navigators.” These are people with no training, no licensing, no duty to respect confidentiality and no fiduciary responsibility who are to help the plebeians “navigate” through the complexities of Obamacare, specifically the exchanges. As was pointed out by others, this means that these people have the right to gather, among other things, Social Security numbers. I believe this job classification to be the perfect home for community organizers. California estimates they will be required to hire 21,000 such navigators.

Who pays these navigators? The taxpayer! This is simply another manifestation of the shallowness of President Obama’s experience and his lack of qualification for the office.

James P. Whitaker

Lutz

‘Hump day’ humor

Regarding “HART rethinks, OKs CAIR ads” (Metro, Sept. 25): Thanks for the “hump day” humor. CAIR is a civil rights group. Ha, and the KKK was just a bunch of misunderstood good ole boys. The HART Board of Directors is a bunch of cowards for not standing up against a clearly militant group of haters of American freedoms. To say that this Muslim support group is for civil rights when their women and children are mutilated by the men of their religion simply for being “lesser beings” in their eyes is like saying the Nazis were misunderstood about their treatment of the Jews.

CAIR has no respect for our laws or traditions. If we don’t stand up now, they will continue to try and cram Shariah law down our throats.

Harald Stone

Tampa

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