TEACHER SUPPLY DEPOT
A VALUABLE RESOURCE
One of the best decisions ever made by the Duval County Public Schools system was to create the Teacher Supply Depot several years ago.
It was such a good idea that it was copied by school systems in many states.
Teachers were able to get supplies and additional repurposed items for their classrooms without having to pay for them out of their pocket.
It was a place where Exceptional Education students could receive training in manual labor tasks.
It was also a place where area students could earn their required volunteer hours.
Local businesses could donate supplies and furniture, and get a tax credit.
And just like the local students, employees at area businesses could do volunteer work at the supply depot.
When I worked at JEA, I watched us store supplies and furniture for up to 15 years sometimes — only to find that when we went to use them, they were out of date.
When the Teacher Supply Depot opened up, we were able to donate furniture and store supplies for reuse rather than wasting our storage area (as well as paying the labor costs to move these items around multiple times before finally being forced to throw them away).
And after I retired from JEA, I enjoyed volunteering at the depot and working with other volunteers supporting the site.
Recently, however, the Teacher Supply Depot was closed.
While there is the possibility that it may open again in another fashion, it would not be able to meet the needs of teachers and the community if it is not located in a central location that is easily accessible to all.
It must also be large enough to hold both the volume and variety of items that made the depot such a community success story for so long.
Please don’t let such a good thing go to waste!
Donald Drake, Jacksonville
RECRUITED BY THE DEMS
The politically correct term used for the foreigners in our country is “illegal immigrants.”
Webster’s Dictionary defines an “immigrant” as a person who comes to a new country or region in order to settle there. An alien, meanwhile, is a foreign-born resident in a country who has not become a naturalized citizen.
Are the illegals in our country immigrants?
Or are they aliens?
The political left pushes the term “illegal immigrant” because the term implies that the illegal folks are here to settle.
But why do so many of these folks commit so many crimes?
Why is the illegal drug trade off the charts?
Why are our larger cities besieged by illegal alien gangs?
Would we have a need for sanctuary cities and states if it were not to protect the millions of illegal aliens invading the country?
The political power structure of the Democratic Party uses these sanctuary sites to grow its base by providing illegal aliens with legal identification, driver’s licenses, voting rights and numerous other benefits.
Federal laws are being violated by these sanctuary cities and states.
Our country’s open-border access is a dream scenario for the Democratic National Committee.
Its goal now and for decades has been to grow the Democratic Party to a level where they win every election.
If we continue to allow the Democrats to use such left-handed techniques to recruit illegal aliens as voters, you had better learn how to live as a socialist.
Frank Hall, Orange Park
A WELCOME CHANGE
To the recent Times-Union letter writer who dismissed some of President Donald Trump’s first-year accomplishments, thank you.
The writer should have been used to “hot air and baloney” after eight years of former President Barack Obama’s leadership.
Because that is all we got.
Obama’s single accomplishment as president — the creation of Obamacare — is failing as it was designed to do.
Yet the Democrats are hanging on to it for dear life.
Trump has a list of numerous accomplishments to point to after one year in office; Obama had one failed accomplishment over eight years.
R. Hicks, Neptune Beach