Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's Prime-Time for Letter Writers; and Schools Teach Health, Not Sex

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's Prime-Time for Letter Writers; and Schools Teach Health, Not Sex

Article excerpt

It's a good time to send letters to the editor.

During the holidays, people are busy, so they don't have much

time to write letters. That means your chances of being

published increase during this time of year.

As always, follow these simple tips: Make your letters one

page, double-spaced; write about a newsworthy topic; make an

original point; and avoid personal attacks.

For more details, see the box on the letters page.

By the way, it's OK to send your letters by e-mail

(, but please don't attach formatted

documents to your letter. Our computer programs can't decipher

them. There are two better alternatives: 1) Attach an

unformatted document; or 2) put the text in your letter, either

by writing it with your e-mail program or cutting and pasting.

Also, remember to include your name, address and phone number

on all letters. Unsigned letters won't be used.

It's health ed, not sex ed

Comprehensive sex education is not taught in the Duval County

Schools, said School Board Chairwoman Linda Sparks. She objected

to the front-page promotional item Tuesday that said,

"Comprehensive sex education finds place in Duval schools."

But health education IS taught, Sparks said.

What's the difference between health education and sex


To some people, comprehensive sex education implies approval of

sex before marriage. In contrast, the information in the Duval

County Schools health course promotes sexual abstinence before


By the way, Sparks had no major problems with the article in

Tuesday's Body & Mind section, since it referred to health

education rather than sex education.

Good reader service on TV numbers

The Times-Union received late notice of the changes in the

Broadband cable service of MediaOne, so the Broadband channel

numbers in the TV magazine are incorrect this week. The correct

numbers should be in next week's magazine. …

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