2009-03-05 / Opinion

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Starry, starry night

I had the opportunity to attend the symphony with the fifth graders of H. G. Olsen on Saturday night, Feb. 21.

I was impressed by the manners of our young people and their joy in the occasion.

They were all dressed for a memorable evening out and were handsome and beautiful.

First, we all had a fine meal at Trout Street restaurant, with lively dinner conversation, and then we traveled to Corpus Christi to hear young musicians -- the "Stars of the Future" -- perform Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.

I know that organizing and carrying out such a successful event requires much preparation, and I appreciate the dedication of the staff of Olsen who planned and chaperoned and helped to make it possible.

Special thanks to Gay de Montel and the Port Aransas Education Foundation (which funded the trip) for a lovely evening for the fifth grade students who are our "Stars of the Future."

Rita Reed

Port Aransas

Thinking big, bold

Yeah, to Tonya May for showing initiative, vision and desire in proposing that football and volleyball be added to PAISD athletics. Whether her ideas are in the best interest of PAISD is now open to debate, but give Tonya credit for thinking big and bold.

Unfortunately, we will now witness a steady stream of nay-sayers adamantly opposed to the addition of these activities.

I would like to ask a simple question to these critics.

Where is your proposal for improving PAISD?

Maybe instead of arguing why we can't have this activity, you should present your initiative so that as a community we can truly make a choice on the allocation of resources that best meet the needs of PAISD students.

And please don't try to excuse yourself from responsibility by running the same old story of Robin Hood.

A small charter school just up the road is growing and expanding using the same resources available to PAISD.

Jim Brown

Port Aransas

Tiny town, big heart

In the school system there are various ways of rating achievements and successes.

After the event last week that impacted one of our own students, I would like to implement a new standard.

It would be the H and S (heart and soul) initiative.

Our students, staff and administrators would receive the highest ranking possible for surrounding this young man with love and caring.

It is so wonderful to be a part of the tiny town with a big heart.

Margaret Price

Port Aransas

Owners are the problem

In answer to the letter to the editor in the South Jetty, Thursday, Feb. 26, from Bill Melton who was wondering why many condo managers don't allow pets:

Many of us either don't have pets or we just don't want to bring them with us.

We realize everyone isn't as enamored with them as you are.

My wife and I travel a lot (all 50 states and several countries in Europe), but have never taken a pet with us.

Yes, we did have them. We either boarded them in a kennel or had a family member care for them.

We have come to Port Aransas for five years, usually for three months, and until this year, pets weren't allowed in our condos except by the owners.

It appears that the Meltons have a very wellmannered, small housebroken pet, although all pets are not, i.e., we have been awakened several times at 3 a.m., 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. by the barking of dogs and have listened to them during the day.

I don't know how many times we have either stepped around or in dog feces and have seen the owners ignore this fact and continue walking.

So, Mr. Melton, in my opinion, it isn't pets like yours that cause people like me to complain.

I feel that people like me, who stay here and have stayed here for at least five years, have rights also, we like an enjoyable stay.

My advice to you is to complain to and condemn your fellow pet owners, not the condo managers.

Gene and Jan Pepper Boone, IA

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