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Letters to the editor: Decision speaks volumes

Decision speaks volumes The May 18 edition of the Tribune ran a story about Agnes Tanon, assistant principal at Webb Middle School in Hillsborough County (“A school matter of principle,” Metro). It appears Tanon has a medical disability. Her physician has indicated she would benefit from a service dog. The Americans with Disability Act in part requires an employer to make “reasonable accommodations” for an employee with a disability. An example of a reasonable accommodation may be lowering a desk or cabinets to accommodate an employee in a wheelchair. An example of an unreasonable accommodation may be something like asking an employer to install an elevator system where none existed. Tanon’s request to take her service dog to work is reasonable and should be accommodated. She is a 20-year employee who apparently is good at what she does, considering she started as a teacher and is now an assistant principal. There are potential legal issues here, but even more important is the employee relations nightmare the school is creating for itself. The school system’s decision speaks volumes about how little it values dedicated, long-term and productive employees. Frederick T. Plumb
Tampa Release photos In regards to the Osama bin Laden photos to be sealed, I think the American public has the right to see these photos. The CIA is out of line holding these photos. We have guaranteed rights that are being violated. Stephen Burchett Seffner Sgt. Schultz flashback It would appear that since re-election President Obama has taken a play from the “Hogan’s Heroes” TV show playbook (1965-1971). In this show Sgt. Hans Schultz was assigned to guard the Americans in a POW camp. The show was funny and a big hit because Sgt. Schultz had a unique philosophy about the machinations of the Americans and Germans. “I see nothing” and “I hear nothing” worked very well in the world of TV comedy. Schultz was not, however, the president of the United States. Benghazi, where four Americans were killed and there was an order given “to stand down” regarding rescue — the president “knows nothing.” “Fast and Furious,” where one border guard was killed with a weapon involved in the failed operation — the president “knows nothing.” The IRS targets conservative groups for special scrutiny regarding their tax status — the president “knows nothing.” Not to mention the investigations of AP and Fox reporters — the president “knows nothing.” I submit that if the president truly knows nothing about these very high-level issues that he is incompetent and inept as commander in chief of anything. If he does know something, then he is misleading the American people, and that is worse than merely being incompetent. That would seem to border on dishonesty (a great quality in the president of the United States). Presidents are elected to be in charge, to be a leader and to make tough decisions, not just to champion “pet” issues, play golf, take vacations and “know nothing” and “see nothing.” Jerry Cheesbro Sun City Center Cause for alarm? It appears we have a president whose main second-term agenda is to raise more taxes. Who has a White House staff who never warned him of the IRS scandal, probably because they knew better from past experience than to interrupt his enjoyment of presidential fame and perks with such bad news. And who claims he called Benghazi a terrorist attack the next day despite two weeks later describing it in a speech at the UN as resulting from a protest over a video. If you are aware of this and all the rest that is going on and it greatly concerns you, that is a good first step in getting this country back on the right track. But we need to do more. Go to the people in your life who are distracted by social media, video games and sports to point what is being revealed on non-Fox news now that it has reached a level where even they have to report it. And if they feel it’s a cause for alarm, let them know how important their continued attention is to help to make things better. Eric Greenbaum Tampa Unacceptable solution All Hillsborough County residents should have better representation on the county commission. There has been a significant increase in population since the structure of the commission was last determined, and the structure needs to be revised. However, changing an at-large commission seat to a new district commission seat is a short-sighted, unacceptable attempted “solution.” It will reduce the representation and power of all residents. The proportion of at-large representatives must be retained so residents in any district have the opportunity to gain approval of their issue by combining their district vote with votes of at-large commissioners who do not have a district bias. My suggestion is to change to a nine-member commission with four at-large commissioners and a new district, thereby giving all districts a representative for a smaller population more in line with past representation before the population increased. I somewhat hope nothing is done until after the 2014 election provides an opportunity to vote out commissioners who, in 2011 redistricting, ignored community commonalities and compactness for political and personal gains and ideologies. It is encouraging that more citizens are finally noticing that they are not being adequately served and are voting to replace “representatives” who do not represent them. Joye Gasser Sun City Center
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