FBI, shoes and Trump; DILEMMA dictionary: Letters, September 22, 2022
Words Escape Me: Why Would a School District Stop Distributing Dictionaries?
I was shocked and horrified by two articles in Sunday’s paper.
Sarasota County does not allow Rotarians to distribute dictionaries to students. Dictionaries. Seriously – for fear of the words they might find there.
And Vero Beach teachers are afraid to open classroom libraries for fear of being fired or sued. Fahrenheit 451 here we are. What’s next – the burnt books? Salem-style witch trials?
How will our children learn to think for themselves when
the reading material is either censored by local groups who assume they know more than educators, school board members, superintendents and administrators? And doubled by Tallahassee where they apparently no longer believe in local power – just a big, crushing autocratic government.
Ironically, some of these parents are homeschooling their children and not even having any in the school system. Yet they think it’s okay to impose their values on other people’s children. If you’re afraid of exposing your children to anything you think is inappropriate, don’t. But who are you to demand it from other people’s children?
In one way or another, we have all grown up unmarked by exposure to all kinds of information, age appropriate or not. And I still remember that my father never gave me a definition. It was always “Look up the dictionary to really learn it on your own.” And it was a very big dictionary.
Arlene Jamison, Vero Beach
We can shape the landscape by making the most of what we already have
It’s clear that “crazy growth and overdevelopment” will remain a burning political and economic conundrum here in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties – until the more innovative strategy of “renovating the space we have already” wins.
As a student and professional in architecture, agriculture and commercial real estate, I found Blake Fontenay’s June 15 article titled “A Tale of Two Counties: Martin and St. developing differently” insightful.
Fontenay argues: “Counties can control their own destiny. They don’t have to accept development as inevitable and relax their land use regulations to the point [overdevelopment] becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
While I strongly agree with Martin County’s brilliant height restriction in perpetuity, the reason mindless overdevelopment is such a problem today is that nearly every city and neighborhood in Florida is riddled with Dilapidated and obsolete “1973 constructions”, or worse, instead of being updated, value-add structures using “2023 architecture”.
No matter how hard longtime residents kick and scream, humans and businesses will continue to migrate north from “south-south Florida” as regularly as international snowbirds winter and install here.
Conclusion: Today’s residents, small business owners and large employers, as real estate customers, are desperate for modern, functional and attractive buildings and landscapes.
Instead of mindless new growth, why not employ regional architects, construction experts, and interior designers to completely renovate everything that’s dilapidated, outdated, and irrelevant in Florida’s aging built environment?
Tomorrow’s migration patterns and the demand for updated home, store and workplace designs ultimately necessitate a voracious architectural revival of Florida from within, either by historically preserving or rebuilding at new as many obsolete square feet east of I-95 as possible.
While the first strategy to relocate industrial and commercial developments west of I-95 is underway, “proactively renovating the space we already have” is the second strategy that most needs our overall leadership, communication and implementation.
Baron Christopher Hanson, Stuart
Postmaster General delivers with vision for improved service
I recently attended a rally in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA). I had the honor of representing Jupiter as one of more than 1,200 other local postal leaders gathered from across the country.
One of the highlights of the conference was the opening address by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. He discussed the ongoing implementation of the Postal Service’s bold and innovative 10-year plan, “Delivering for America.” The plan presents a clear vision for improved service and is now being implemented in communities across the country.
The objective of the plan is to invest in our people, modernize our network, provide service excellence and create financial sustainability.
I have proudly served in the Postal Service for 28 years and am honored to lead a group of dedicated Postal employees, who are such an essential part of the Jupiter community.
To see how the Postal Service is evolving, I encourage you to read the full plan at: “Delivering for America: Our Vision and 10-Year Plan to Achieve Financial Sustainability and Service Excellence,” on about.usps. com.
Angela Byers is postmaster at Jupiter.
Migrants look well dressed, neat: how does this happen?
How can migrants never look dirty or disheveled after traveling hundreds of miles? After crossing a muddy river, they appear well-dressed and well-groomed. Their young males are always clean-shaven, their clothes looking clean and ironed.
Where do they go to the toilet? Where/when do they eat? They look clean and neat after a four day bus ride. How is it possible ?
David Hubert, Stuart
While the Queen was buried, Trump complains about the FBI’s shoes
Much to my dismay, I write this, but I think it should be acknowledged. As the world paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth, our selfish and arrogant ex-president worried that the FBI wouldn’t take off his shoes when he entered his room at Mar-a-Lago.
Can’t he control himself and show some respect or is it always all about him? It shows that he has no dignity and is a disgrace to our country.
Barbara Nickas, Stuart
Calling Steve Forbes for an update on the cost of ‘big bank bailouts’
Steve Forbes says the student loan debt moratorium has already cost our Treasury $100 billion in lost revenue. “Removing all student debt would cost over $1.6 trillion,” he warns.
But the 2008 big bank bailouts could end up costing us $16.8 trillion, $4.6 trillion of which has already been paid out, I read in a Forbes magazine article by Mike Collins some time ago. Maybe Steve Forbes can give us an update?
Founding Father John Adams said the education of “all ranks and classes of people, even to the lowest and poorest” should “be the responsibility of the public” and “maintained at public expense”. Its importance demanded “that no expense . . . would be too extravagant.
Helen Frigo, Jensen Beach