School Board’s responsibility to listen to dad and mom out
In “Sarasota ranks No. 1 for beaches – and for wild School Board meetings,” Carrie Seidman means that a lot of the raucous conduct “might have been prevented if long-standing rules of conduct – forbidding personal attacks, out of order comments and jeering and clapping – had been enforced.”
I’d counsel that faculty boards that function by these guidelines fly within the face of the fitting of free speech. Boards that attempt to restrict or constrain that proper – with “long-standing rules of conduct” – invite the type of raucous response that Sarasota has seen just lately.
The School Board has the responsibility, in a public listening to, to listen to what dad and mom must say, irrespective of how a lot the members might not like what is alleged or the best way during which it’s stated.
In a latest case determined in a federal court docket in Ohio, a guardian sued the native college board, claiming that it had violated the First Amendment with a coverage that enables the presiding officer in school board conferences to “interrupt, warn, or terminate” any public statements deemed “abusive,” “personally directed” or “antagonistic.”
In late April, the board agreed to finish its restrictions on speech. The Sarasota School Board ought to take discover.
Barry Preston, Sarasota
Sex is a alternative; childbirth is not
As a girl, I imagine the selection is to have intercourse or not. The being pregnant and life that end result from that alternative is now not a pair’s alternative, however the consequence of the selection.
In the case of rape or incest, an abortion doesn’t change the previous; it doesn’t make the sufferer any much less raped or assaulted. Abortion will damage her soul and probably injury her bodily, endangering future pregnancies and youngsters.
Humans are the one species who kill their younger whereas within the womb. The pure intuition for species continuation is to guard offspring, even with one’s personal life.
Different DNA, totally different heartbeats and plenty of occasions totally different blood varieties show the infant just isn’t the lady’s physique. The child is in her physique, similar to a child kangaroo in its mom’s pouch.
As a nurse skilled in restricted ultrasound, I can guarantee you that we will see a coronary heart beating at 5 weeks, 4 days of gestation, earlier than the mom even is aware of she’s pregnant.
If a girl going through an undesirable being pregnant is in want of sources, being pregnant facilities will present free companies, together with being pregnant exams and ultrasounds, and referrals to wanted sources.
Natalia Cava, Sarasota
Flashback to life in communist Yugoslavia
The story, “Public schools in Florida must now observe ‘Victims of Communism Day,’” ran within the paper May 11.
I bear in mind as a toddler watching my father shut all home windows and shutters, lock the entrance door, activate a big field shortwave radio and press his ear to the field on low dial to hearken to the broadcasting of worldwide information in a rustic underneath a communist regime in 1956.
The remainder of the household – six youngsters and mother – had been silent in order to not miss any information updates and be caught in an unlawful act of rebellious anti-government conduct.
The irony is that 64 years later, after risking our lives by clandestinely escaping communism and dwelling in refugee camps for nearly 5 years ready endlessly to immigrate to the land of freedom and alternative, in the present day’s political stance in Florida very a lot jogs my memory of the way back prohibitions in then-communist Yugoslavia, now Croatia.
The irony is that the federal government in Florida in the present day is manifesting related prohibitive behaviors by imposing public legal guidelines much like those I skilled in my youth, corresponding to banning freedom of speech in faculties, censoring printed supplies and books, and withholding public well being data.
How applicable that “Florida must now observe Victims of Communism Day”!
Agata H. Gobic, Sarasota
Remember victims of gun violence
I learn that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a invoice that requires public college college students to watch “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7. Undoubtedly, it will attraction to his base.
I’m wondering if the governor would take into account signing a invoice that requires public college college students to honor the 45,222 individuals who died from gun-related accidents in 2020 (CDC).
The 2020 complete was a 14% enhance over 2019.
I suppose a “Victims of Gun Violence Day” wouldn’t energize the governor’s base supporters and the National Rifle Association would object.
Robert Cabnet, Ellenton
Gov. DeSantis embodies fascism
Now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has “required” academics to show about victims of communism, I believe it solely applicable for all to find out about fascism since DeSantis’ administration has been demonstrating it since he took workplace.
DeSantis apparently doesn’t know the definition of fascism, however solely learn how to implement it and name it “freedom” or “democracy for Florida”!
Ann Rubin-Hentschel, Lakewood Ranch