Does Rena Blades, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s executive director, really think that giving millions to cultural organizations will “create prosperity for our community” (Feb. 24)? She needs to open her eyes to Lake Worth, where the Cultural Council resides, and look beyond that white building to the homeless people around the corner.
She needs to explore the Guatemalan community, where there often are several families living under one roof.
Will the prosperity spread to those populations, too?
Does it matter that in our school system, our children are no longer taught cursive, nor do they learn typing skills — typing with only two fingers? Mike Murgio, a Palm Beach County School Board member, is “having a problem understanding” that the School District could take a $10 million hit because of the cultural groups.
I am exposed to many nonprofit organizations — cultural as well as human services — and support many of them. They rely on caring, compassionate community members for support.
I understand our community thrives on tourism, but we need to educate our youth by teaching them how to be the next leaders of this country. Without the proper education, these children won’t even be able to spell “Cultural Council,” let alone support it.
BEVERLEE MILLER RAYMOND, PALM BEACH
Editor’s note: Beverlee Miller Raymond is president of the nonprofit Extraordinary Charities.