Battle partisan school elections
In her Dec. 9 column, Carrie Seidman rightly suggests that “we must fight the increasing encroachment of our state’s political leaders on local educational decisions and directives.”
Seidmann says:Now that Asplen is gone, the real work begins
But note: One of the very first bills to be put up for consideration during the upcoming legislative session is HJR 31: Partisan Elections for Members of District School Boards, which “proposes amendments to the state constitution to require members of district school boards to be partisan be elected choice.”
Sarasota County voters don’t have to imagine how a school board made up of members from competing political parties would function; we are already witnessing it.
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Those of us disgusted by the role politics played in our recent school board election and the immediate removal of Superintendent Brennan Asplen must take steps to oppose HJR 31.
We can write, call, and visit our representatives to let them know how we are feeling. We can advocate for groups like the League of Women Voters that oppose partisanship in school elections. We can make it clear that we prefer school board elections where candidates can focus their attention on educational issues and the needs and aspirations of their communities, rather than a party platform, and where voters focus on a public education candidate’s credentials and vision be able.
Jill Lewis-Spector, Sarasota
Excitement about increasing Social Security dies down
My wife and I (both seniors) were pretty excited about the 8.7% increase we’ll be getting on our Social Security checks starting in January 2023 – yay! However, our excitement is slowly fading as we learn of all the upcoming price hikes.
In the last two months, we’ve seen our car insurance, home insurance, wifi, and streaming services all increase. We all know what’s going on with food prices!
Now we read in the Herald-Tribune that FPL will increase its prices several times next year. Well, that 8.7% surge was pretty exciting for a while.Nick Stavros, Sarasota
GOP relies on dirty tricks to stay in power
In states with racial manipulation, voters decide some elections and supercomputers programmed to wipe out minority districts decide others.
In 2022, Florida’s Republican lawmakers threatened to take on the governor for his assault on black voters and their counties. Then, without explanation, they tucked their tails and surrendered. Last year, minority districts were erased to create a voting map disempowering black voters.
It’s been a year in which black history teachers have been threatened and black students have been told they and their families in Florida have no past that matters.
It was all perfectly predictable. No one gives up power without a fight, no matter how futile.
The percentage of white Floridans has declined 5% over the past 10 years, and in 2020 the average white Floridan was 13 years older than the average black Floridan. Time and demographics will solve this problem all by themselves. I’m not sure how long political leaders think their dirty tricks will work. With their own minority status around the corner, they might be better off praying that a new generation of leaders will have both more wisdom and more compassion.
Mike Weddle, Venice
Whelan left an outrage
What kind of government do we have? I thought the military creed was “No one is left behind,” and yet President Joe Biden brought home basketball player Brittney Griner and left former Marine Paul Whelan to rot in a Russian prison.
Why Isn’t Congress Shouting and Calling for Biden’s Impeachment? It is an outrage that the Commander-in-Chief left one of his troops on the battlefield.
It’s the worst catastrophe that has happened to us in my life, and that includes Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.
It is time for Rep. Greg Steube, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott to stand up before Congress and loudly and forcefully condemn Biden’s actions and call for his removal.
Robert Rosenbluth, Sarasota
Trade with Russia shows Biden’s weakness
President Joe Biden has once again shown the world his feeble inability to govern this once great nation.
Why should our President be proud that he traded the “Dealer of Death” – a man convicted of supplying guns to terrorists and conspiring to kill Americans – for a law-breaking basketball player?
The world laughs and cries at how weak the US has become.
James Hitzman, Sarasota
Handpicked replacement is ready
If there is anyone who believes that our incompetent school board does not have a lackey in the wings to replace school superintendent Brennan Asplen, I want to meet that person.
I have a bridge that I would like to speak to him about purchasing.
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Lorraine Asarch, Sarasota