Voice of the Voters, Jan. 28

Readers sound off about the candidates and the issues


Published: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:38 a.m.

Barack Obamba inspires and unites us. Hillary Clinton divides us, but has the experience and knowledge to implement programs. Therefore, what the country needs is Obamba as president and Hillary as vice-president acting like a limited

prime minister.

As an added bonus, an energetic Bill Clinton, who raises tons of money for his foundations and has a reputation of rewarding donors with acts of kindness like pardons will not be restored to the White House.

Obamba and Rodham Clinton, a perfect ticket!

Harvey Goldstein,

Gainesville

Jack Donovan is an exemplary City Commissioner. His proven track record in areas of appropriate growth and development, fiscal conservation, energy, our youth and elderly, and transportation clearly shows that he is a fundamental contributor to our city's thriving state.

His successful decision making can be attributed to learning the facts through careful study of each issue, listening to the people and staff, and future-oriented thinking. For these reasons, I strongly endorse the reelection of Jack Donovan, and urge you to vote for Jack Donovan on January 29.

Kendra Siler-Marsiglio,

Gainesville

Unhappiness rules. Complain about high taxes, CHOICES, county commission ads about Amendment 1. Here is another thought: We are lucky there is a Mississippi; someone to spend less on children's services than Florida.

Where will the Governor get the money he promised to replace lost school revenues? I hate taxes too, but realize that we need to fund schools, roads, law enforcement, fire

protection (part of a list of places your taxes go).

Then there is CHOICES, everyone's favorite target for complaints. Remember seniors, the people who are eligible for CHOICES pay taxes so we can have Medicare coverage. We should applaud this modest effort to find a way to help these

working neighbors.

If you have serious problems with the County Commission take it to the ballot box. But vote against Amendment 1.

Joe Dunlap,

Gainesville

Return Jack Donovan to the City Commission! Rev. Donovan has been a steadfast and courteous supporter of public participation in the City's business. His strong advocacy of environmentally sound energy policy, downtown and eastside revitalization, control of sprawl, and public transportation make him a critically important player in guiding Gainesville into the 21st Century.

Joshua C. Dickinson,

Gainesville

We are not a communist country. Do our county commissioners feel the people are too stupid to make an informed decision? I resent this.

The county attorney, Dave Wagner, should have realized this is a conflict of interest. The county could have put the pros and cons about Amendment 1 in The Sun for free. Instead, they cost us $21,500 in an attempt to brainwash us. Who approved these mailings? How dare they tell us how to vote. This is America!

Vote yes on Amendment 1. This is a win-win for taxpayers (individuals and business people). People in this county are intelligent enough to vote yes. We will get tax relief and the economy will improve.

Mary Schafer,

High Springs

A couple of elections ago two taxes were put before the people to vote on. We voted them down. So our county commisioners instituted a 5-cent gas tax we didn't get to vote on. Now we get to vote on the homestead exemption Amendment One.

I have had multiple calls from state organizations to vote no. Here we have an amendment that will put a little money in some of our pockets. So we are told this thing is a fraud. Well, I am for this amendment because we better take what we can, when we can.

Lastly, I thought the American revolution was about taxation without representation. We now have our delegates taken away. Isn't there something terribly wrong here?

James W. Jones,

Gainesville

Jack Donovan has worked relentlessly to help the citizens of Gainesville. I urge everyone to re-elect him to the Gainesville City Commission.

Gunnar Paulson,

Gainesville

On Tuesday, January 29th, you will be voting on Amendment 1, the Florida Property Tax referendum. I want to encourage you to vote “no” on Amendment 1.

The current property tax system provides 67 counties and 412 municipal governments with a stable source of revenue for many critical local programs and services. Amendment 1 will eliminate a large percentage of these funds. Because of this critical impact, the property tax referendum is opposed by School Boards, Teachers, Police, Firefighters, Social Services and Arts Organizations, City and County Governments and Unions throughout the state. In Alachua County alone, this proposal could reduce local funding by $31 million.

For a $240 average savings, millions of dollars in revenue will be lost. This revenue pays for social services, public safety, public infrastructure, cultural programs, and most services provided by local government, services that our community, and every community throughout Florida, relies upon. These include: Emergency Response Resources, Law Enforcement Social and Medical Services, Recreation Services, Public Transportation, Environmental and Cultural Programs. In addition, this change in the property-tax structure could have a serious impact on businesses and on tourism throughout the state. The cumulative effect of this decision could create a crisis that extends far into Florida’s future.

Although we would all like to see tax reform, Amendment 1 is not the well-planned, comprehensive reform that Florida needs. Please vote “no” on Amendment 1.

Mary Hausch,

Producing Director

Hippodrome Theatre

Gainesville

Jack Donovan deserves our vote this coming Tuesday for one basic reason: he has turned around both the tenor and a great deal of the substance of City Commission policy and debate. By wining three years ago as a challenger against a strong incumbent, he helped defeat the coal plant and inspired the love and confidence of much of the city as well as the ire of the polluters.

Tom Cunilio,

Gainesville

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