New law is not about banning books

  As a resident of Volusia County and a strong supporter of Florida Citizens Alliance, I want all residents to know and understand that indoctrination is taking place in many of our public schools.

A recent Associated Press article grossly mischaracterized the bill the Florida Citizens Alliance (FLCA) strongly supported, and Gov. Rick Scott signed into law. The article led readers to believe the FLCA wants to shut down conversation about important issues, ban books and promote a narrow ideology.

That is a complete distortion of our aspirations and intentions.

This has never been about banning books. The bill (now law) has no provision for banning books. In fact, no version of the bill ever mentioned banning books.

The bill in no way promotes a narrow ideology. It opens the conversation to everyone and welcomes factual, objective conversation about important issues.

The bill simply invites parents and all residents of Florida to participate in the selection of instructional materials for our children. We think parents should be involved in the education of their children. We think the residents of Florida should be welcomed to the conversation because they support education in Florida.

The Florida Citizens Alliance believes in the potential of every child and works tirelessly to allow every student the opportunity to succeed. We believe that includes a free and open conversation about instructional materials. Every child should have the finest materials characterized by accurate and factual content, objective information and unbiased, balanced presentations of controversial issues.

The Florida Citizens Alliance simply stands with the parents and residents of Florida for real solutions that promote student learning. Florida kids deserve the best!

Cheryl Taaffe

Port Orange

 

Party on the right

I’m a Florida native and an independent voter (registered “no party affiliation”). I’ve been voting since the 1960s. I have voted for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. I always noted that the Republicans took the moral high ground. Not so any more. They have set that bar so low it’s now in the dirt. Dignity and ethics, no need for that. Their new leader has proven that no matter how much money a person has, you can’t buy class.

James Sullivan

Palm Coast

 

Obama did it, too

I found a recent letter writer’s comments comical when they mentioned President Donald Trump being the first president who constantly mentioned his predecessor Barack Obama. This letter writer must have been living on one of the other planets in our solar system for the first six years of Obama’s presidency. Being an astute observer of the political theater, I was both both amazed and amused by how Obama blamed every problem in the world on George Bus! It didn’t matter if it was rising sea levels, poisoned air, the economy not rebounding properly, unemployment rates not falling properly — it was always George Bush’s fault.

The letter writer is in total denial, and I believe it is a direct result of the mainstream media’s attempt to brainwash uninformed people. She better get used to Donald Trump undoing all the bad things that Obama did for eight years. That is the reason he got elected president of the United States — the population did not like what Obama was doing, or stood for. If she wants to change the next election, she should go out and vote. But I have to send her a reality check: Trump’s going to be there for eight years, and more than likely his daughter for eight more.

Howard Joseph Smith

Ormond Beach