Letters to the editor

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 10:28 p.m.

Overrated success

This is in response to the article in The Sun titled "Bush set to tackle new term," concerning our governor's overstated success at winning a second term.

Jeb Bush's election to a second term is the same as a guy who buys a fancy car for a lot of money, and then thinks he had something to do with building it.

Mike Segal,


Registered dietitians can help you lose weight

I am so tired of seeing celebrities and other people without any education in nutrition preaching the latest diet fad, which usually includes the "evils" of carbohydrates.

This morning I watched Suzanne Sommers on The Today Show rationalizing the "science" behind her newest book. Sommers claims that you cannot gain weight if you do not eat sugar. That is 100 percent untrue.

Newsflash: Losing weight is simply a matter of taking in fewer calories than you are using. Of course you will lose weight if you take out the three food groups that compromise carbohydrates - you will be severely restricting your caloric intake.

Carbohydrates are not the only source of calories; in fact, 1 gram of fat provides more than twice the calories as 1 gram of carbohydrate. If you are truly interested in losing weight and maintaining your weight for the long term, please consult a registered dietitian.

A registered dietitian is the only licensed individual who can safely work with you and your lifestyle to reach your goals. Leave Suzanne Sommers on "Three's Company."

Holly Bryant,

registered dietitian,


We need to emphasize importance of reading

Starting off on the right foot, Gov. Bush and Lt. Gov. Brogan have designated book drives to be held during the 2003 inaugural events, which last through today.

These book drives not only encourage citizens to donate books to the state's Seasons Reading program, but speaks volumes of this administration's commitment to reading.

Just as the first four years of the Bush-Brogan administration emphasized the importance of ensuring that every child in Florida read at or above grade level, the same level of importance will be placed upon reading during the next four years, truly showing the heart of this administration.

Once the books are collected at the inaugural events, they will be distributed to local Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Florida. A portion of the proceeds from book purchases made through www.myflorida.com will be donated to the Florida Alliance of Boys and Girls Club.

Let's also keep on the right foot along with our governor, and emphasizing the importance of reading to all our families and friends; certainly, this is what will make the difference.

Chris Fuller,


Tribune Media Services

Bush needs substantiated reasons for starting a war

Can war with Iraq be resolved peacefully? President Bush has stated he is seeking more support for his planned war against Iraq. He spoke of "economic" damages that an Iraqi attack would cause.

I guess it is his way of telling Americans that he is seeking to protect their affluent way of life by waging a war on Iraq.

An objective look would make little sense out of his reference to a potential attack from Iraq, and a closer inspection would pull the rug out from under the feet of the contention that Iraq poses a security threat to the U.S.

What we have heard is a mounting heap of silly explanations, contentions and arguments that have not been substantiated.

The president and his warmongering aides have not been able to provide satisfactory answers to some key questions and convince the world that the U.S. has enough grounds to wage a "preemptive" war against Iraq.

Is there any evidence of any Iraqi link to an attack or attempted attack on the U.S. since the end of the Gulf War of 1991?

Has the U.S. been able to come up with the slimmest trace of evidence that Iraq was aligned with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda, or any other group that might have carried out or planned attacks in the U.S., including the Sept. 11 attacks?

Has there been any proof (except an Iraqi defector's claim of having seen bin Laden in Baghdad three years ago) that the al Qaeda chief and Saddam had maintained contacts? In fact, Saddam and bin Laden are ideologically so far apart that an alliance between them is all but impossible.

Has there been any implicit or explicit Iraqi threat, or even an implied suggestion against the security of the U.S.? Does Iraq possess missiles with ranges of 5,000 miles and more that could hit U.S. cities?

If there is a U.S. argument that Iraq's neighbors are terrified of Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction, then the question would be: Who among them has publicly expressed such fear that would warrant American action on its behalf, keeping in view the defense agreements the U.S. has signed with the region's countries?

If and when the Bush administration provides satisfactory answers to these questions, then the people of the U.S. and the world might be able to accept that there is a legitimate ground for its planned war against Iraq.

But if the U.S. is planning war against Iraq simply because it feels like waging one, for whatever reason, than why not say so and leave the world to deal with that new situation the way it finds fit?

Jim Zucali,


City owners want a say in county lands

It's easy to see why most of the supporters of the comprehensive plan live inside Gainesville, and most of those who don't live in the county.

Those who live in the city and support the plan want to own and direct the use of our land without paying for it. Those of us who own land in the county have a major investment, just as those who own land in the city have a major investment in theirs.

We in the county, however, are not trying to take over city owners' lands.

Paul Varnes,


U.S. force of arms

Your editorial of Jan. 3, "U.S. stands alone," sadly, tells it like it is.

The U.S. is currently being governed by an administration that, evidently, is unable and/or unwilling to grasp the significance of many global issues, such as family planning, while seemingly trying to "lead the world" by force of arms only. Sad!

Jerry G. Fossum,


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