Editorials: Starfish, sand dollars, sand spurs & coconuts - Oct. 31, 2009

A look at some of the good, the bad and the questionable:

Over 5.5 million served

A starfish to Steve Popper and the Rotary Club of Naples for continuing their great work to feed the hungry in Southwest Florida.

Starting two years ago to crank out rice meals with the help of volunteers manning assembly lines, the campaign reached the 5.5 million servings mark last weekend with the help of local employees of Wells Fargo Advisors and Wachovia Bank. They bagged 40,000 meals — enough to supply the Collier County Public Schools weekend backpack program for a month.

For more information about the charity or volunteering, call Popper at (239) 537-7775 or e-mail him at rotaryfeeds@aol.com.

This, too, was important

A sand spur to the spin surrounding the conclusion of the Bonita Springs City Council e-mail deletion case.

Council member Janet Martin has pleaded no contest and paid a $250 fine for erasing e-mails, later retrieved, about the public’s business from her home computer.

Her attorney, and even the prosecution, say her conduct was inadvertent and no harm was intended. They talk as if whatever triviality happened distracted from other, important public business.

It is important to remember something important and wrong happened. It is against the law for public officials to shred hard or delete electronic copies of correspondence dealing with city policy and business.

People involved with the case brush it off as a learning experience. Actually, there are better ways for public officials to do the right thing than having one of them do the wrong thing. That gets old.

Not all accounted for

A sand dollar to the upcoming public-relations campaign advising seasonal visitors of red-light cameras in Collier County.

The county will distribute brochures at hotels, motels and rental-car agencies.

That’s a good start — but one that will miss all our winter visitors who have their own cars and places to stay.

What about them?

Singing their way to Italy

A starfish to Seacrest Country Day School in East Naples, which is planning the first trip abroad in the school’s

25-year history.

While local public high schools’ music ensembles routinely go to Europe and even China, a trip to Italy over the Christmas holidays is about to make history for Seacrest. There is fundraising to do, and the Seacrest choir is working at that through public appearances and selling music CDs of its own performances.

For more information, call Seacrest choral director Jodie DeSalvo at 793-1986 or e-mail jdesalvo@seacrest.org. Then wish the Seacrest singers well as they join the long line of local schools so capably representing our area abroad.

School ‘adds’ parents

A starfish to Big Cypress Elementary School in Golden Gate Estates.

Although “Math Night” isn’t a BCE invention, we don’t hear about it every day either. Because parents are a part of the equation that equals success, the school is holding a parent/student Math Night from 6:30 to 8:30 on Tuesday at the school at 3250 Golden Gate Blvd. W.

To learn more, please contact BCE Principal Angela Lettiere at 377-6300.

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