Help hard-working dad
I was so distressed when I read the Aug. 7 Tampa Tribune article about Douglas Hall and his three children (“Father loses livelihood to lawn equipment thieves”). Here is a dad doing his best to provide for his family operating a lawn service business, and someone ruins his livelihood by stealing his lawn equipment and trailer.
What gripes me the most is that when something like this happens, wealthy people do not step in to help. I know there are thousands of wealthy people in Hillsborough who could help this man with $8,000 and never miss a penny.
If I could come up with enough money, I not only would give this hard-working man $8,000 but would also buy him a new trailer. But with our modest income we have only enough to take care of our bills. I only hope this letter will touch someone’s heart to reach out and help this man.
Sun City Center
When children ‘get it’
I read with interest the article about single-gender education (“Singled out for success,” front page, Aug. 12). I believe there is merit to the idea of educators meeting the needs of children who “enter any classroom.” The idea of “stand-up desks,” hard seats or soft, tactile activities, being able to fidget, having a quiet spot and less lighting or more lighting should be the right of any child in any classroom, as long as the teacher knows why he or she is doing it. The number of children in each classroom is important.
Each child is special. Some are able to work well with paper and pencil; some do not. Some understand math concepts easily; some do not. There are many different methods of teaching concepts. Teachers try to offer many different ways of learning. It’s wonderful to see that light go on and that smile on the face of a child who “gets it.” Why does the test have to be the same for all (standardized tests)?
Administrators/teacher evaluators need to realize there is probably a good reason that not all of the children are on the same page as the lesson plan book may say. Parents know their children well and hopefully welcome the idea of one size does not fit all. I’m sure the children do.
The writer is a retired teacher.
It’s called ‘doping’
Please give me a break. Surely there are others out there who are sick of hearing about professional athletes who make millions of dollars annually and yet take performance-enhancing drugs. Are the people who take these drugs completely unaware of the medical and health issues they might not see today but can provoke problems in the future? Are they such fools as to make these poor choices at any time in their lives, or are they just plain stupid?
Oh, I just remembered — it is referred to as “doping.” I guess that explains it all.
Peggy Ann Wright
‘A great disservice’
Regarding “Why non-English ballots?” by John S.V. Weiss (Your Views, July 28). As an American citizen of Puerto Rican descent, I would argue that we do our country a great disservice by catering to Hispanics/Latinos who have moved here and taken the oath to protect and defend our country. This would include a responsibility for them to learn the English language.
Catering to the Hispanic community is getting out of hand. At the Miami airport, for example, U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration officers start talking to you in Spanish. Either they assume you don’t speak English, which would be wrong if you carry a U.S. passport, or they do it because they want to be politically correct. Or perhaps it’s their way of determining if you are trying to illegally enter the country. In any event, it is wrong, and they should stop. They have been hired by the U.S. government to protect our country. They should never assume that because you have a Spanish surname, you don’t comprehend English enough to answer their questions. They should be ordered to address everyone in English first. Then they can switch to Spanish if they suspect the person is trying to enter illegally.
I travel a lot, and it’s only at the airport in Miami that I have seen this happen. All other airports have translators. We need to stop all attempts to convert the U.S. into a Spanish-speaking society. It should begin the day you arrive at any of our airports and ports.
Our country should not be providing the Hispanic/Latino community any special privileges, and that includes access to ballots printed in Spanish. German and Italian immigrants to the U.S. weren’t provided any special privileges.
To my friends from Puerto Rico who want to participate in the democratic process of the United States, they should do so by learning English and not depending on another government mandated and funded program designed to cover the fact that they just don’t want to assimilate in our society.
Angel E. Cintron