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Ban a book without reading it — really? Letters to the editor, March 26, 2023

Killing zoo funding: That's low

Just when I think that Rep. Randy Fine cannot sink any lower, from his threats to strip funding from West Melbourne and the Special Olympics to his scurrilous attacks on school board member Jennifer Jenkins, he surprises me once again.

Now he has pulled a $2 million state funding request for a Brevard Zoo aquarium project, simply because they are considering a proposal to ban rental of zoo facilities for political campaign events .Given that this money was earmarked towards completing an aquarium that would create 900 jobs and draw an additional 300,000 tourists annually, it seems to be a no-brainer to move forward with the project.

Not to Fine, apparently. He would rather take the petty, retaliatory view and kill the funding.

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I wonder when voters are going to see the light and realize that someone who is this small-minded doesn't belong in government.

Robert A. Casey, Palm Bay

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What's an educator to do?

Bravo, Josh Humphries. On first reading the article "Instructor cancels rights talk," I was dismayed that one student expressing discomfort could cause an entire class to be canceled.

Then I realized that it was the only action instructor Josh Humphries could take if he wished to avoid disciplinary action, that could potentially include fines and jail time. If all educators canceled every class where even one student expressed discomfort, our education system would shut down.

Susan Griffith, Satellite Beach

Mary Ann Sterling, executive director of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, started the organization in the 1990s to help other grandparents.
Mary Ann Sterling, executive director of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, started the organization in the 1990s to help other grandparents.

A grandmother's mission

What a pleasure today to get my March 19 paper that had a great, awesome article to start the day, regarding Mary Ann Sterling being named Florida's Woman Of The Year by USA TODAY.

Ms. Sterling, who started the organization Grandparents raising Grandchildren, has put a spotlight on a great need that many grandparents have to deal with. Because of the love of family, these grandparents take care of young ones and it is good that this organization will be there to help them.

My praise to her is endless and God has blessed her with the ability to "never give up." It's encouraging that grandparents faced with this situation can turn to Mary Ann Sterling, who deserves commendation for her desire to help others.

Katherine VanderLee, Palm Bay

About history and racism ...

Regarding Mr. Clifford's recent opinion page column stating that "American racism is not a theory, it is historical": Yes, it is. However, critical race theory is theory, and it is undeniably racism.

C.W. Helfeldt, Rockledge