Letters to the editor - Oct. 31

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

More Urban Meyer, and less Andrew Meyer

It's not illegal to have an agenda in which you intend to pose a question to a guest speaker. Andrew Meyer alerted other students that he was going to make a lot of noise at Kerry's speech.

He acted like a startled schoolgirl when he was asked to sit down, be quiet, and then, to leave.

The YouTube of his performance was embarrassing. He was so big and so silly, acting like a whining baby who was hungry.

I remember in classrooms from years past, there seemed to always be one student who wanted to talk all the time, needed special attention, didn't have anything really to add, but still, blew hot air in every session, keeping others from sharing in the discussion.

We didn't have Tasers back then. We had to listen and wait our turn.

As for his desire to question Sen. Kerry, I believe Andrew Meyer wanted to beat the very dead horse of "Why didn't you demand a recount in Ohio?" This question was designed to frustrate and badger John Kerry, who has had three years to answer this question.

Frankly, most people are never going to like his answer. Meyer just wanted to disrupt, and he got more than he bargained for.

Right now, in Gainesville, there is only one Meyer that I want to be reading about, and that is Urban Meyer.

As for this rude young UF student, Andrew...well, I want to pick up a newspaper and not see his face.

Linda C. Wilson,


'In your face' tactics are sometimes necessary

While we may not agree with what Andrew Meyer said during the events of Sept. 18, we should, as Voltaire said, "defend to the death" his right to say it.

Meyer has since stated publicly that in retrospect his "issues are not so important that I need to shove them in anyone's face."

Nothing could be further from the truth in a society that values the freedom of expression.

At one point in our nation's history, the wearing of black armbands, in opposition to the Vietnam War, was deemed too disruptive for the school district of Des Moines, Iowa. Students were suspended for the practice until they capitulated to the school's policy.

In 1969 the United States Supreme Court stated in its landmark decision of Tinker v. Des Moines that, "Neither students nor teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate."

While such solemn demonstrations still hold a place in our public discourse, it still may become necessary at times to shove our issues in the face of the public in our order to effectively address the ills that plague our society. For this, we should never be made to fear retribution from those who disagree.

While Andrew Meyer may pursue a policy of appeasement in exchange for a promise from the state attorney and university for a return to normalcy, UF students must resolve to never again allow the state or its educational institutions to abridge our right to express our concerns or outrage, no matter what the cost.

Benjamin N. Dictor,


It's not that simple anymore when it comes to values

In response to Ray Jordan's letter of Oct. 23: Excellent! Very well said! I totally agree, and I'll bet most every Christian in America would also agree!

Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

People don't want to be told what to believe in any more. We don't want to be told what to do by our employers, spouses, etc. We think we know what is best for us and our families. We don't want boundaries, we want to give our kids better than what we had. We don't want to treat our kids the way we were treated. In the meantime, we are destroying ourselves.

It's a sad, sad shame!

Debra K. Davis,


Let's call overweight trucks vehicles of mass destruction

Thanks Gainesville Sun for the Oct. 24 editorial and cartoon about the "big rigs." It was very informative telling about one trucking company that avoids the weight stations, and that the fine schedule, if nabbed for being overweight, is a half of century old. Too bad the property taxes schedule isn't based on 50-year-old numbers!

The cartoon hit the nail right on the head! Big-rigs tail-gating at any speed are "vehicles of mass destruction," and the drivers must know that. So is it that they just don't care? Do they want to kill and be killed?

Enforcement of our interstate laws are a must. The taxpayers of Florida and folks who travel our highways deserve safety. Fines are the way to stop the abuse of any vehicle being driven in an unlawful and dangerous manner. The buck stops with Gov. Charlie Crist.

R.M. Klug,

Fort White

To protect our children, punish errant motorists

As mentioned in The Sun story of Oct. 23, the impact of illegally passing a school bus is not tough enough!

Once at school, children are protected by signed and warning lighted zones with adults to assist in crossing at intersections. Getting on and off school buses there is no such protection, only the law and signed/lighted buses.

In addition to $166.50 ticket, a motorist caught passing a school bus should have his license held until court appearance. The vehicle should be towed to an impound lot. The vehicle can be recovered after paying towing and storage charges; the license recovered after court appearance.

Also in the article, the person stopped speeding, who was found to have outstanding warrants, should have had his car impounded. And finally, monies paid for traffic fines should go directly back to the organizations processing the offense: the local police and courts. Using the money to hire part-time traffic enforcement officers might teach the consequence of ignoring traffic laws.

Russell Henderson,


Sales taxes punish the poor, favor the rich

Why do people keep defending the sales tax? It's the most unfair tax there is, as it hits the poor much harder than the rich or even the middle class income.

The only really fair tax is an income tax, which, of course, Florida does not have. So the next best thing is property taxes, as they at least don't hit people who are struggling to barely get by on their small incomes. Do the math.

Ane Hanley,


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