Joys of living in a block home
My concrete-block home recently passed its annual termite inspection. My friend, however, wasnt so lucky. Hell be visiting for a few days while his wood-frame home is tented to the tune of about $3,000.
This makes me wonder why every building in bug-infested Florida isnt made of concrete block. I consider myself to be a pretty savvy consumer, and I certainly did the research before purchasing my home. In recent weeks, weve all smelled and/or seen billowing plumes of smoke from nearby brush fires. And on June 1, hurricane season started. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever spent time in Florida.
If a home or office building is constructed of concrete block, the material can withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Concrete block doesnt burn, rot, deteriorate, rust, warp or yield to the elements.
When the rain starts to fall, concrete block is impervious. And when the summer heat descends, my home retains the cool air for a good long while.
I sleep well at night. I hope my friend enjoys his stay.
John Rozier Orlando
Im a student at a private Christian high school. This is a response to Melissa L. Garbers Thursday letter to the editor, No more vouchers.
First, she wrote that her tax dollars are being used to fund schools that discriminate against people who dont belong to a certain religion. The whole point of my school is to provide a liberal-arts education via the principles of a Christian world view. Parents who dont want this type of education for their children should send them to another school. We have a free-market economy for a reason.
Second, Garber write that these schools will lead to increased suicides among excluded children and increased violence perpetrated by children indoctrinated to be bigots. Where did get those unrealistic ideas? While my schools student body is small, it is the definition of the American melting pot. Male and female students of all colors and creeds excel in this environment. The only people who are excluded are the people who break the school code of conduct.
Im appalled that Garber would think that people who attend a place of religious education would be violent bigots. Everyone I have met in the student body has been kind, compassionate and full of love. I havent been indoctrinated or brainwashed to go this school. I came of my own volition.
Christian education has expanded my world view and improved my social skills, confidence and overall happiness. When was the last time Garber heard another teenager say that about a secular public school?
Will Lochary Altamonte Springs
In Friday's Blogwatch: Jerusalem, Dovid Ben-Meir wrote, "The 'state of Jerusalem' is the realization of ancient prophecy and historical justice of returning the land to the indigenous people the Jews."
I agree, right after we get rid of our reigning government and return this land to the control of Geronimo, Cochise, Tecumseh, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and many other indigenous chieftains who legitimately owned this land.
Dominic Abrusci Clermont
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