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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
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Letters to the editor: Searching for a job

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Searching for a job

Regarding “Keeping the best and brightest” (Our Views, Aug. 27):

The editorial and the Tampa Chamber do not address the students who attend out-of- state colleges. Many of them do not return to Florida to work because they can’t find jobs here, not because they want to leave Florida. My son is a case in point. He was born in Brandon and attended Tampa area schools through high school. He went to Hope College in Michigan, where he majored in economics and minored in accounting and mathematics. He received his M.A. in May from Clemson University in economics as well as taking additional mathematics courses there. He has worked closely with the Career Development Office at both institutions to hone his interview skills and his resume, as well as to learn about job leads and websites to use. He is job searching.

He would like to stay in Florida, but his search encompasses all the continental United States. He has had several promising job interviews in the past several weeks, but they have been in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. He has a job lead in Boston. He also has outstanding applications in several cities across the country, including Detroit, Lansing, Cambridge, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Seattle and Kansas City, to name a few.

He has found no jobs in the Tampa Bay area that come close to matching his skills. He will relocate anywhere in the United States, but staying in Tampa would be nice.

Dianne Zwicker

Sun City Center

Sign Incognito

The Bucs should just sign Richie Incognito. He will do well with other players the Bucs have and will help make the Bucs a better team. The Logan Mankins signing is big and awesome. The Bucs should not just stop with one splash deal.

John Nash

Bradenton

Charter schools

“Time to slow down charter school train?” (Letter of the Day, Aug. 26): This is the last thing our education system needs. Our public school system has been recognized as a failure for decades, and the only answers are more money, stronger unions, larger bureaucracies and more central planning from Washington. The results are appalling. Our students fare worse on international standards than virtually every industrialized country — at the highest cost. SAT scores have steadily slid downward, and college-bound students require remedial education in college in increasing numbers.

The NYC teachers union recently filed a lawsuit to prohibit school administrators and parents from having any input in lesson plans, declaring it is none of their business what students are taught. Repeatedly, union leaders boast that the union’s goal is to protect teachers, not students. Incompetent teachers are protected from disciplinary action by the schools.

The real inequality is that there is systemic disregard for the welfare of our children in far too many public schools. Criticizing charter schools is a cover-up for the shortcomings of our public education system. Look at the Harlem Success Academy, a charter school in NYC, where 94 percent of its students (primarily minority students) scored higher than students in public schools. Until the power of unions and unbridled bureaucracy in our schools are brought under control, charter schools offer the best alternative for quality education.

Josef Horowitz

Lutz

Fighting cancer

I am the founder of the LGL (large granular lymphocyte) Leukemia Foundation and also a LGL leukemia patient (only 45 years old) at Moffitt Cancer Center. What is LGLL? According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LGLL is a type of chronic leukemia affecting white blood cells called “lymphocytes.” Lymphocytes are part of the body’s immune system and help fight certain infections. LGL leukemia is characterized by enlarged lymphocytes, containing noticeable granules, which can be seen when the blood is examined under the microscope. There are two types of LGL leukemia: T-cell (T-LGL) and natural killer cell (NK-LGL). Each type may be chronic (slow-growing) or aggressive (fast-growing).

The frequency of T-cell and NK-cell LGL leukemia ranges from 2 percent to 5 percent of chronic lymphoproliferative diseases. LGL leukemia affects both men and women, and the median age at diagnosis is 60 years. Less than a quarter of patients are younger than 50 years.

Approximately every three minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. This month, Blood Cancer Awareness Month, we must commit to helping cancer patients across the country live longer, better lives.

Because of advances in medicine and treatment, blood cancer patients today have a better chance of surviving than ever before. In 1964, the five-year survival rate for children with ALL (the most common form of childhood leukemia) was 3 percent. Today, it’s about 90 percent and rising. The survival rates for other blood cancers, such as myeloma, have doubled or even tripled in the same period. But we won’t stop until they reach 100 percent. We need to keep funding critical cancer research to improve personalized treatments, develop medications with fewer side effects and keep advancing cures.

Right now, some cancer patients can’t access the treatments their doctors prescribe because they are oral medications or treatments that fall on a “specialty tier.” These kinds of classifications can come with such extreme costs that patients are forced to skip doses or go bankrupt just trying to stay healthy. Legislation in Congress could fix this by limiting patient costs, but it won’t pass without our help. Please join me to help blood cancer patients live longer, better lives by advancing cures and improving access to treatments (www.lls.org/ advocacy and www.LGLLeuk emiaFoundation.org).

Tina Cancio

Tampa

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