Letters to the Editor - November 1

Published: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 12:36 a.m.

These incumbents should be turned out

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Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their county.

In this time of economic crisis, we do not need politicians feeding their personal agendas. Now is a time to reduce spending.

I will not reiterate the statistics of increased spending versus the growth in population over the years, and the various new taxes imposed by the county commission. We all know what they are.

Some would say it is better to stay with the devil you know rather than switch to the devil you don't know. But I believe it is time for change and time to give the newcomers the opportunity to cut taxes and spending. We know the current incumbents can't get the job done. They are afflicted with the propensity to spend other peoples money.

These comments also apply to those incumbents on the various city commissions as well.

To get a head start on curtailing spending, the various amendments on the ballot this year requiring higher taxes or exemptions from taxes should be defeated.

Peter T. Werner,

High Springs

These incumbents should be retained

As a 35 year resident of Alachua County I've witnessed a lot of change. Much of it good, and much of it has outstripped our ability to effectively manage it. And recently, state-imposed limitations have hampered our ability to deal with these changes.

If we pay too much in property taxes, it is because we have not developed revenue structures appropriate for the challenges we face.

The current county commission has done a good job in attempting to adapt to the property tax limitations and the unfunded mandates placed upon them by the legislature. So when "Citizens for Change" blasts three of our commissioners as "wanting to tax everything," I don't buy it at all.

My experience from attending and viewing county commission meetings, and the challenges that this county faces, is that the targeted three have worked responsibly and hard to meet the challenges. I don't see any valid reasons to replace them. Join me in re-electing Mike Byerly, Paula DeLaney, and Rodney Long, to keep them working for us.

Kris Pagenkopf,


These incumbents are wasting our money

After 80 years, Alachua General Hospital, a Gainesville institution, is closing. If there was ever a "cause" in Alachua county that needed a voter referendum for raising tax money, this is it.

This is 1,300 of our neighbors and their families, who pay taxes and contribute heavily to the economy, facing the possibility of termination. These people who give mightily to their fellow humans and community are now facing unemployment, food stamps and losing their homes because their administration is short $12 million a year.

But, what do our county commissioners want us to vote for during an economic crisis? Scores of millions of dollars for more bike trails, parks, school funding and buying wetlands; none of which directly returns a dime to the county budget like the people at AGH do. These are millions of dollars that should have been available if the commissioners hadn't already squandered an extra $131 million this past year alone in the county budget.

Maybe then we could possibly support AGH. I would certainly be more willing to vote for that!

For the sake of your neighbors and yourself, vote these wasteful, short-sighted politicians out of office on Tuesday.

Ben Butler,


Barack's infomercial reeks of hypocrisy

In reference to Barack Obama's infomercial: How do you spell hypocrite, let me count the ways.

Number one: Why would anyone spend $1 million on a 30-minute plug for president? Oh, I get it, he lied.

He signed a document pledging to accept public funding if John McCain would. I guess something is lost in the translation.

Number two: How much redistribution of wealth could Barrack have accomplished with that little stunt? A whole lot I bet.

Number three: What kind of megalomanic ego would do that to get a job that pays $400,000 a year?

The one thing we can thank Barack Obama for, win or lose, is that he has destroyed presidential politics forever. God help us all.

Rick Ford,


Why should Obama scare so many voters?

I asked a good friend, who is very conservative, why he isn't voting for Obama and he replied, "Obama just scares me I could never vote him. I don't really like McCain, but would have to vote for him if I even vote!"

I started thinking about other conversations with my conservative friends and realized that the common thread was fear. So, I asked what scared them about Obama.

Initially the answers were "He's a tax-and-spend guy and left-wing liberal!" But when pressed things like "He's a Muslim!" "His wife hates America!" "He associates with terrorists!"

If these things were true, it would be scary. However after two years of close media scrutiny and vetting of this candidate we know none of those charges are true.

It's understandable that the high level of social chatter by radical pundits and specific interest misinformation machines can cause irrational emotional responses.

Please don't let misinformation and fear tactics taint your good judgment. Learn the facts, weigh the information and then base your decision on an intellectual assessment, not fear.

Del Bottcher,


Misguided civics lesson wastes school resources

The school board wants us to vote in a new tax to help fund schools, but yet they allow students to miss class and provide a school bus to take them across town to the Millhopper Library to vote (they drove past the county administration building where they could have voted).

On the 6th of November, Sante Fe college and the Builders Association of North Central Florida is sponsoring a career in construction day. The school board was asked to provide buses to get students out to the college, and they said they do not have the money for that or any field trips. So the BANCF is paying for the buses.

I think it is great for these students to vote, but it is sending a wrong message to them that they can miss school in order to vote. They should have been informed that they could request an absentee ballot if they could not get to the polls.

Voting is great, but it will not help you find a career.

Billy Samples,


Missing Glenna Carr

I met a coterie of strong, intelligent, energetic, courageous and public spirited women when I first came to Gainesville. These women, their cohorts and allies yanked Gainesville politics from the good ol' boy past into the progressive present.

They served the University of Florida, our community and the state very well indeed. Two of them were named Carr. One of them was named Glenna. None was more effective than Glenna Carr. Her life here made Gainesville a better place for all of us. I acclaim her achievements and mourn her recent passing from the scene.

Joe Little,


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