Girl Scout cookie

purchases appreciated

Editor:

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida would like to sincerely thank all those who purchased Girl Scout cookies this year, as well as our retail partners who generously hosted cookie booths outside their storefronts. It’s amazing what a huge impact a simple package of Girl Scout cookies can have. And Venice is all the better for it.

By participating in the largest girl-led business program in the world, Girl Scouts of all ages develop valuable skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, that help set them up for a lifetime of personal and professional success. They not only discover their inner leadership potential but also use their earnings to fund troop projects and experiences, as well as important programming at the local level, such as travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Many girls also put their earnings toward impactful community projects right in their own backyards, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws. And the proceeds stay local, meaning that when consumers purchase the delicious cookies that come from a registered Girl Scout, they’re giving back to their wider community. Though the 2019 Cookie Program has officially ended, the unique benefits to both girls and the larger community will continue for years to come. Thank you for helping us build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Mary Anne Servian,

CEO of Girl Scouts Gulf Coast of Florida

Sarasota

Give us what we voted for

Editor:

We the people of Florida voted, overwhelmingly, to restore voting rights to felons who have served their time in the last election. At the time the constraints were clear, no murderers and no sex offenders.

Now, we are seeing the Florida legislature attempting to hem and haw, and put their own spin on the will of the people. We know exactly what we voted for, it was in the bill we voted yes to. This was obviously important to us, so maybe the legislature should just accede to what we wish, and voted for, and pass the bill into law as soon as possible with no further restrictions.

Michael Santangelo

Venice

Beach replenishment hurts sharks teeth hunters

Editor:

I recently read that beginning in November there will be beach replenishment from Stump Pass Beach to Manasota Beach. A few years ago this was done from the South Jetty to Venice Beach. Five years ago we came to Venice and were thrilled to find shark teeth on the beach near the South Jetty. After the replenishment there were none.

We’ve given up taking our visitors to Venice beaches for shark teeth. I fear that the same thing will happen with the Manasota replenishment being planned. Stump Pass, Blind Pass, and Manasota beach are wonderful shark tooth destinations. Once the replenishment happens tourists will discover, as we did, that the Venice area is no longer the shark tooth capital.

I know beaches tend to wash away during storms. Often they come back as well. Please reconsider the replenishment project that just might end a tourist highlight.

Laurie Perkins

Venice

We value Venice Hospital

Editor:

We subscribe to your newspaper and letters to the editor is one of the first places I turn to read. Realizing of course, all letters are not going to be positive. Luckily we live in America and can voice all opinions.

I am writing to voice mine in regards to Venice Hospital. My most recent time was when my husband was admitted in December of 2018 by his oncologist Dr. Juna from the Florida Cancer Specialist. This was by no means his first time there since his diagnosis in 2016. Our many experiences there have been as positive as one could expect just being in a hospital. A special shout out to the CNA Max Tkachov that helped us in so many ways. Is there room for improvements, yes. I did again voice my opinions to the administrator where needed. I see the ratings the hospital receives and read the many negative remarks and find this discouraging for those who have endured the circumstances. Having the hospital within easy driving distance is by all means a plus for us senior citizens. The young men that do the valet parking are polite and helpful.

Hoping more people endure more positive experiences in our hospital.

Penny Dicks

North Port

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