Letters to the Editor - Jan. 9


Published: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 10:47 p.m.

Impeach Bush? Are they kidding?

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All of the impeach-Bush people are really off their rockers!

President Bush has the lowest approval ratings since, well, probably since such public opinion polls have been in use. He's had a very outspoken congressional opposition in Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha and Harry Reid. The media can't stand him. Half the country can't stand him.

So, don't you think if he committed some high crime he'd be charged for it?

Wouldn't some tangible, legitimate claim at least on par with Bill Clinton's legitimate perjury charge have been leveled against him by now? What other president in our country's history would be less likely to "get away" with something than George Bush? Trust me, this guy has no Teflon!

Your guy won and he's going to make everything all better, so you can stop your whining. Let's all just wish Barack Obama well...and get on with our lives.

Keith Hazouri,

Gainesville

Good for auto workers, bad for us

The Gainesville Sun headline of Jan. 1 read " Minimum wage rises to $7.21 an hour." Good for those who can hold a job in a deepening recession. Nothing short of tragic for those wanting a job when employers must cut back to contain costs and are discouraged from expansion.

The ultimate end of this type of scenario? The failing U.S. auto industry, where Forbes reports that assembly line compensation packages, including pensions, have risen to more than $70 an hour.

Bill Pepper,

Gainesville

Israel's invasion is not justified

The letters from Hal Cohen and M.A. Hurewitz of Jan 6 demonstrate an ability to repeat unquestionably the propaganda originating from Tel Aviv in support of its latest act of terrorism.

Hurewitz lists a series of spurious "facts" and Cohen takes the discreditable approach of placing friendly names and places into a scary and irrelevant scenario.

What is surely amazing is that anyone with an open mind and with the slightest grasp of history could possibly disagree with Gabriel Waschewsky's letter of Jan. 1. The essential fact is that the Palestinians are faced with a rapacious and immensely more powerful enemy determined to dominate the Palestinians' ancestral land.

The rudimentary rockets fired by Hamas cannot be compared to the F-16s and the helicopter gunships that a succession of U.S. governments has funded over the years.

One appreciates that the Israelis withdrew from their occupation of Gaza in August 2005. So why should the inconvenient, but democratically elected, Hamas provoke the Israelis into launching their ferocious military campaign on Dec. 27? (more than 550 Palestinians killed at the time of writing on Jan. 6).

Perhaps it's because Israel has maintained a brutal and ever-tightening seige that has prevented all but a trickle of trade and aid from entering the strip, has refused to release any of the thousands of its prisoners, and has continued its assault on the life of non-Israelis in the West Bank.

Cohen asks "what should the Israelis do?" The answer is clear, but is impossible to achieve until they can accept that there are two participants in this dire situation and that peace will never come about while they insist on carrying out their terms alone.

Colin Dale,

Cedar Key

Amassing more debt is not the answer to nation's woes

The United States' national debt was (As of 1 October, 2008) $10 trillion, and is expected to rise sharply as the Obama administration considers spending tens if not hundreds of trillions of dollars more on incentives, bailouts, health care, and infrastructure building in addition to the normal governmental operations, while cutting taxes.

There has been recently endless conversations at all levels of our society about the current economic situation, its causes, and the many solutions under consideration by government and business to address the issues. However; there is one future possibility that all of the current discussions fail to mention and that needs to be considered.

That possibility is that the United Sates may have to default on its national debt in the near future.

We, as a nation, need to address that possibility/probability and how it will impact the world's social, political, economic, military and political structures.

We as individuals need to consider how our demands for the federal government's financing more and more of our state and local programs bring us closer to that default and its horrific results.

Fredrick P. Peterkin,

Gainesville

Preparing students for the real world

Reading the Jan. 7 letter by Kurt Baumgartner concerning class attendance policies by UF faculty members left me to wonder: Was the letter satire, silliness or am I missing something?

What happened to teaching personal responsibility? Should young people be allowed to make their own adjustments to pre-established conditions (class attendance)?

The faculty members have accepted the teaching of discipline as a major portion of their personal task, and I applaud them for it. Someday very soon those students will become part of the workforce, where absence and tardiness and violations of other company policies will greatly impact their success, or lack thereof. Let's prepare them now.

Bill Samples,

Gainesville

Stearns' priorities are rather suspect

Votes are scheduled on matters critical to the health, safety, environmental and economic well being of real people who live and work in North Florida.

American men and women are fighting two wars in the major oil and gas producing region of the world.

The economy is teetering on recession, if not depression. Funding for research at the University of Florida has dropped 5 percent over the past year.

Oil price volatility just triggered a global recession. Retirement nest eggs are down 40 percent from just six months ago.

Greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar while U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns plays climate roulette.

Unemployment rates are soaring and there has been a complete collapse of credit for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

And my Congressman, Clifford Stearns, wanted to shut down a Congress that has been in recess for weeks just so he could attend a football game for which the average person cannot even afford a ticket, let alone a trip to Miami?

What are this man's priorities? He is not working harder for me or any other working stiff in his district.

David E. Bruderly

Gainesville

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