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Talented students at the Spring Art Show

We recently visited the Art Center Sarasota, at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, to view the student paintings and sculptures in the Sarasota County Schools Spring Art Show.

What an incredible display of talent and teaching skill! The show is free (donations welcome) and you will not be disappointed.

The works will be exhibited until May 21.

Evie and Stan Mitchell, Sarasota

COVID cruise a horrible experience

In your May 5 edition, an Associated Press article quoted a Carnival cruise passenger saying more than 200 people on the ship were affected by COVID (“Cruise ship ‘overwhelmed’ by COVID-19”) .

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Just returned from a 15 day luxury cruise on the Queen Mary. It was a floating petri dish.

The cruise was born in England. All passengers had to test negative before boarding.

The first stop was New York. All passengers disembarked for testing; more than 70 tested positive and were unable to board.

The next stop was Fort Lauderdale, where more than 60 passengers tested positive and had to disembark.

I boarded in Florida after a negative test, as it should. I was not informed of the COVID-19 outbreak, so I was given no option to cancel the cruise.

Believe me, I would have canceled: I contracted the virus on the third day and was quarantined for the rest of my cruise.

It was truly one hell of a trip. I had no human contact for 10 days.

Cunard’s indifference was outrageous, especially to me as an elderly person in poor health.

Shame on you, Cunard.

Kathleen Keppler, Venice

The teachers work for the school board and we

James Call’s story about school principal nabbed by “gotcha police” completely misses the point, as USA TODAY and this newspaper too often do (“Lawmaker calls for principal’s firing over comment on “stupid bills”, May 14)

Neither our great Governor, Ron DeSantis, nor parents nor the public are denying – or should be denying – an adult teacher or parent the right to speak freely outside of the classroom.

It wasn’t so much the comments on Facebook as the lack of respect for her employer’s policies that caused the problem. The teachers work for the elected school board and they all work for the people in the community who pay them.

If they cannot follow the rules and wishes of their employer, they have to find another job. We the people set the policies.

David R. Kraner, Saw Palmetto

Don’t blame Biden for formula shortage

Vern Buchanan’s weekly insta poll has crossed the line again. The question this week was whether President Joe Biden was doing enough to alleviate the baby formula shortage.

Anyone who is curious may discover that Abbott Labs’ processing plant in Michigan has been shut down due to bacteria found in the preparations. Abbott, which makes four different brands of formula, had issued a massive recall of formula on store shelves.

Falling birth rates have also contributed to companies making less infant formula than in the past.

Combined with COVID-related raw material shortages, the closure of a manufacturing plant that makes 43% of infant formula is the reason, not the president or Congress.

Vern, stop putting this issue at the president’s feet.

Alan Boorstein, Sarasota

Skipping Debates Makes the GOP Bad

Republicans running for all kinds of office this year plan to skip debates, showing contempt for voters and our democracy.

Are they afraid of being verified and want to keep presenting alternative facts?

This reflects badly on the Republican Party and its confidence that its candidates can stand up to questions about solutions to everyday issues that voters face, such as affordable housing, decent wages, education funding, and education. potable water.

When you have no position to defend, all you have to offer is to be anti-everything – anti-choice, anti-education, anti-democracy and anti-transgender – and you are not likely to to be popular and win voters.

In November, when we all go to the polls, we should consider choosing candidates who have the courage to discuss issues in public.

Steve Johnson, Punta Gorda

No “news” in the newspaper

The Herald-Tribune’s printing schedule ensures that there are no “news” in the newspaper.

The stock market information is two days old. The sports results are two days old.

And now the horrific shooting in Buffalo on a Saturday afternoon had absolutely no mention in the Sunday paper. Really?

Richard M. Stern, Sarasota

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