Letter to the editor published October 25, 2018
Spring is the quintessential season for personal house cleaning; fall is the time for cleaning the Florida House.
District 80 incumbent state Rep. Byron Donalds, a Republican, voted against the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. At the C4QPE forum on Oct. 3, he explained that his district includes Hendry County, which has a teenage gun culture. Thus, the desires of 18- to 20-year olds who can re-elect him outweigh the safety of all children.
Similarly self-serving, Donalds endlessly promotes charter schools (a family business interest) while ignoring developments to customize education such as “computer adaptive learning” using artificial intelligence and “flipping the classroom,” featuring technology-based home instruction versus classroom practice.
Appearing uninformed, on Oct. 3, District 106 incumbent state Rep. Bob Rommel, a Republican, asked the moderator for examples of unfunded education mandates. He illogically answered a question about funding universal pre-K by praising school choice. He stated that complying with the law to create non-omnibus bills would require year-round work. Rommel praised charter schools’ accountability — forced closing after two consecutive F grades — as if saying sorry after serious damage excuses untrained school heads. Should dentists and attorneys be likewise uncertified?
At the Oct. 2 League of Women Voters forum, Donalds dismissed climate science, while Rommel said to buckle up over Florida’s worsening environment.
Donalds’ opponent, Democratic candidate Jennifer Boddicker, a Ph.D. microbiologist, understands legislative environmental neglect and future remedies. Rommel’s opponent, Democratic candidate Sara McFadden, is an educated businesswoman and community activist, well-versed on all issues and already working hard.
Find links to these forums at www.lwvcolliercounty.org and www.c4qpe.org. Then vote for Jennifer Boddicker or Sara McFadden to clean the Florida House.
Marla Weiss, Naples