With high school, students divided, puppeteer behind the scenes
Sarasota’s growth divides student body
As a student at Brookside Junior High School in 1960, the end of ninth grade was a sad experience for me and many of my friends.
The Sarasota County School Board had established attendance districts. About half of Brookside students started high school at Sarasota High and the other half at Riverview High. Friends such as Danny Bailey and Jeff LaHurd were sent to SHS, while I was sent to RHS.
As an avid newspaper reader over the past 60 years, I have been a fan of many columnists. My all-time favorite columnist was Bill Copeland, author of “Cope’s Column,” which appeared in The Journal, formerly an afternoon paper.
After:How to send a letter to the editor
In recent years, I’ve become a fan of my Brookside schoolmate and current Herald-Tribune columnist Jeff LaHurd. However, in Jeff’s October 16, 2022 column, a correction is in order (“The Rise of Riverview High and the Modernist Schools”).
Andrew J. Crew did not form the Kiltie Marching Band the year Riverview opened. For the record, Jack Crew came to RHS almost a decade later.
The founder and director of the group for many years was Harry Putt. He had the vision to create the Scottish themed band and dancers “Scottish Lassies”.
Ron Carr, Sarasota
The puppeteer controls the manatee commission
A new twist on the concept of one person, one vote. In Manatee County, it’s one person, one commission.
The person is Anthony Pedicini (“Meet the Man Who Transformed Manatee County Politics,” October 13). Indeed, he elected six of the seven Manatee County commissioners.
And he could elect a seventh in November. What a shame it would be not to have incumbent Reggie Bellamy on the Manatee County Commission.
As voters, we must carefully consider not only the candidates on the ballot, but also the people behind the scenes. In this case, it’s one person pulling the puppet strings and controlling who sits on the Manatee County Commission.
As a good puppeteer, Pedicini pulls the strings not only to select his right-wing candidates, but also to carefully guide them through the electoral process.
Watch this new Manatee County commission in 2023. Use the Manatee League of Women Voters website, https://lwvmanatee.org, to find out what the puppets are up to.
Tell your friends and neighbors about their actions. Write letters to the editor. Exposing incompetence and right-wing extremism.
As the Washington Post so aptly puts it, “Democracy dies in darkness.”
Paul Dain, Bradenton
Finding Purpose in the Preamble of the Constitution
Members of the current right-wing Supreme Court majority seem determined to impose their “conservative” agenda for the country based on their understanding of the “original intent” of the US Constitution. It’s a fool’s race.
There is no way to guess such an “original intention”. The best we can do is to read and apply the terms of the Constitution in light of its clearly stated purposes in its preamble. Among these purposes are “to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, to secure inner tranquility” and “to promote the general welfare…”
Is it plausible that hidden within these stated purposes is the “original intent” found by Judge Samuel Alito to justify his opinion for the court’s decision Dobbs v. Jackson reversing Roe v. limited constitutional right to abortion?
I do not think so.
Harry W. Quillian, Bradenton
Another sign of the downfall of the Republican Party
I want to thank the author of “No GOP Candidate Responds to the Voter’s Guide.” She wrote exactly what we thought after reading the insert produced by the League of Women Voters.
The LWV is a nonpartisan, thoughtful, well-managed group of Americans who try to give us information about how we use our right to vote, with knowledge about the candidates.
Why wouldn’t the GOP candidates answer this? Why not tell us what they think about these important questions?
What are they afraid of? Are truth and honesty too horrible for them?
To us, this is just one more indication of the arrogance and downfall of the Republican Party since its association with Donald Trump.
Gloria Peretz and Ian Illingworth, Osprey
Pick up what Ian left behind
I want to commend Sarasota County for their quick and efficient response to picking up the massive amount of yard waste from this latest storm in our neighborhood(s).
Considering the southern parts of the county were the hardest hit, I had no expectation as to when our debris would be picked up in North Sarasota County.
The contractor who did the pick up was courteous and attentive, and the workers cleaned up as they went.
Very impressive and much appreciated. Good job.
Gil Schulze, Sarasota