Gainesville has a lot to offer

Published: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 2, 2004 at 11:29 p.m.

As a new resident of Gainesville, I wanted to congratulate this city's inhabitants for the many splendors of which one may avail oneself.

On Dec. 22, I chose to attend the 17th Annual Winter Solstice Peace Concert, hosted and put on by the Veterans for Peace and co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs. The Thomas Center was packed, the music was excellent, we sang and clapped and laughed and listened with all of the joy of the season!

One speaker at the concert made a strong impression on me; Doris Haddock, "Granny D," spoke briefly and very cogently on the need for all of us to work to prepare for the next election, for the last presidential election was an unsavory event. I have since learned more about her point of view by visiting her Web site,

She has provided materials and information there to help register voters. She also presented her point of view on campaign finance reform, which I felt she supported very intelligently. She feels, and I concur, that the present system has resulted in the "dumbing down" of national political debate, and in the abdication of true public servants in favor of the servants of a moneyed elite.

I hope that all of our voters will turn out, help each other to get to the polls and that state officials can avoid disenfranchising and abusing the rights of the relatively small percentage of citizens who take the trouble to vote.

Once again, thank you, Gainesville, for providing us with the many activities and events that confront me so often with difficult choices.

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