Child custody laws protect young students
The author of a recent letter tells the story of Jack Johnson, a black heavyweight champion who defeated a white fighter in 1910 (“100 years ago and today the truth will be revealed”10). 28th of May).
The defeat triggered a riot by citizens outraged that blacks had defeated whites. But staging the fight in the first place was a milestone event at the time.
The letter’s author’s attempt to tie this event to Governor Ron DeSantis’ legislation banning gender-affirming education in public schools in grades 4 and under seems to have gone too far.
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The Parents’ Rights in Education Bill has been erroneously called “Don’t Say Gay” by critics, but it doesn’t have the word “gay” in it. The word “heterosexual” is not included either. Perhaps waiting until her senior year for such a curriculum would be too long for a writer.
Parents have legitimate concerns about injecting gender curricula at an early age. Many feel that these topics are better handled at home.
Given recent school test results, there seems to be more focus on teaching the basics of education. Ironically, some of the most vocal proponents of exposing kindergarteners to gender affirmation have no children in kindergarten.
Lee Hoffman, Lakewood Ranch
We must act faster to save the planet
UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned on 27 October that “we are headed for a global catastrophe” (Herald-Tribune 28 October).
Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, said:
She pointed out that the G-20 countries, the richest countries in the world, are responsible for 75% of the heat-trapping pollution. Andersen hailed her $375 billion allocated for tackling climate change in the Inflation Reduction Act as an example of action, not just a promise.
But she said, “What we want is an accelerated pace because good things are happening in many countries. But it’s not fast enough, it’s not consistent enough.”
Good things are happening, but we need to do more and faster to save the planet.
Martha Osborne Vinick, Sarasota
Overcome Fear and Face Prostate Examinations
In Dr. Keith Roach’s precise and important column on October 24th, I was intrigued about reluctance to get prostate advice. His column is full of sad truths (“Male friends are hesitant to get prostate advice”).
The Sarasota Prostate Initiative addresses this issue on a daily basis for men and their partners and partners with a national network of groups doing the same.
There are many reasons why men seem to avoid tackling prostate problems. However, as Roach mentioned, the solutions are many and varied. Recent medical advances are remarkable.
Doctors were right to say that rectal tests are all but a thing of the past and that the best test today is a simple PSA blood test.
In the Sarasota area, I hold bi-monthly meetings for men with questions about prostate issues and help personally mentor men who want to take advantage of the health care system and the many resources available. increase.
Thank you Dr. Roach for bringing this disease to my attention. The disease affects as many men as breast cancer in women.
For more information, please visit https://prostatesarasota.org.
David G. Morse, President, Sarasota Prostate Initiative
Throwing trash in the ocean kills marine life
While walking along Siesta Key Beach recently, I was shocked by the debris brought in by the high tide.
Cigarette butts that are toxic to marine life, bottle caps that kill fish if swallowed, and fruits, especially acidic limes and lemons that are toxic to fish, all come from boaters’ umbrella drinks.
As red tide threatens local beaches again, you need to keep marine life safe and beaches clean. I call on all sailors to dispose of their trash properly to ensure the beauty of Florida’s beautiful beaches.
I will continue to pick up trash on the beach so please add cash if you keep throwing trash overboard!
June May, Sarasota
Florida is DeSantis’ stepping stone to the top
I will re-elect Governor Ron DeSantis so that Florida (that is, you and I) can continue to fund his presidential campaign for the next two years.
Think what Florida did with the money he spent to transport Venezuelan immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
Or think what Florida would have done to the Venezuelans if they had brought them here. There, farmers are desperate for workers, and Hurricane He should have helped sweep Ian as well.
But for DeSantis, Florida is just a stepping stone to get around.
Manatee County Steve Warren