I want to compliment "psychic" Kim Wade for her daring predictions for 2009 `"What's next?," Jan. 6`. Mike Synan was willing to predict the Citrus Bowl renovation would be canceled, without the use of ESP. Wade, on the other hand, went out on a limb to say, "Political things will be front-row center." Michael Wanzie foresees Florida's ban on gay adoption being lifted in 2009. By contrast, Wade really put her money where her mouth was by predicting, "We're going to start tightening the belts." She wouldn't even say "our belts," because that would be too much of a commitment; she said "the belts."
Someone someplace will be tightening some belts that may or may not belong to them. Even Robert Stuart was weak in predicting a second national championship for the Gators in three years. But Wade demonstrated a powerful, laser-like vision that burrows into the murky future by stating, "We're going to see more as far as — it's not going to be so much the big guy as far as money, big time." What?
Nick Farrantello, via the Internet
May the punked-out gods and goddesses of rock & roll continue to light your way and inspire your cantankerous soul `This Little Underground, Dec. 25`! You nailed it again! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Bob "Stormcrow" Sanders, via the Internet
Save our schools
Florida's kids are missing out. In mid-November, together with three other Orange County teachers, I started a group called Fund Our Schools. Since then, we have been featured in an Orlando Sentinel blog with nearly 90 public comments, had a speaker at the Orange County Legislative delegation, been quoted in a Sentinel political news report and had a full-page article in the Orlando Weekly `"The kids aren't all right," Dec. 18`.
We are attempting to engage citizens in the processes of improving funding for public schools, and we need help. We have the attention of state membership groups as well as smaller, countywide groups across the state. We need a couple of people to come aboard our steering committee. Specifically, we need help organizing public visibility events, and we need a community liaison who can meet with community leaders across the Greater Orlando area to help drive home the importance of public education.
Carl Howard, Orlando
Drilling for schools
Realistically, should there be any surprise that the budget ax is falling on the schools `"The kids aren't all right," Dec. 18`? Especially after a historic collapse in the real estate market, with property taxes being a primary funding source for education? Also, year after year we hear horror stories of failing schools in Orlando and the rest of the state, and nothing gets done about them.
If Florida had world-class schools that were the pride of the state, maybe the budget ax wouldn't fall on them. But it takes money to pay the best teachers respectable salaries and build great facilities in order to get world-class schools, so let's find a better funding source.
If a "world-class" education is a precious resource, why not fund it with royalties from companies that benefit from our natural resources? Why not allow offshore drilling and require some royalties to pay our teachers the best salaries in the country? Can you imagine how much better our state would be if our schools had this kind of rock-solid funding source? Clearly, no one really saw the collapse of the housing market coming, and no one knows when (if) it's going to bounce back. So it's time to get creative and stop being so anti-offshore drilling.
I remember the whole Anita Bryant, anti-gay activist episode `"Florida's case against gay adoption," Dec. 18`. I also remember that it came to a head when a gay activist hit Anita Bryant in the face with a pie. Afterward, she quipped, "Well, at least it was a fruit pie."
Wes Pierce, Orlandoletters@orlandoweekly.com