Letters to the Editor - Jan. 10


Published: Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 8:43 p.m.

Hang down your head, Pat Dooley

Hang down your head, Pat Dooley, hang down your head and cry!

I was appalled that you would actually pick the Sooners over our Gators for a measly 4 points! Remember, you make your living writing about our beloved Gators. As fans who read your column we would expect more of you.

It might have been one thing if you thought the Sooners would beat us by 20 points or so, but to pick them as winners by 4 points was, to me, an insult!

I know you are supposed to be impartial as a sports writer, but aren't you a Gator fan also? With a game that was called to be so close anyway, I feel you could have just as easily picked our Gators and should have!

Not that I take much stock in your "picks" anyway, since I let my husband do his yard work in the shirt I won by "beating your picks" some time ago.

A real Gator fan always believes. A real Gator fan is one who sits for 20 years high up in the upper Sunshine Section and cheers. A real Gator fan is an elderly legally blind woman, my husband's mother, who sits in her darkness, listening and cheering every game.

A real Gator fan never forgets the wonder and excitement and the hard work and sheer determination that brought four national championships to our Gator Nation in four years.

Betty Turner Queen,

Gainesville

Not so fast, Gators

Dear Gator fans: Congrats on winning the BCS Championship, yet that is all you won.

The Florida Gators are not the true national champs. You beat an OK Oklahoma team, while the Utah Utes pounded Alabama, a team you barely beat.

Take the politics out of sports (because they don't belong) and say hello to the Utah Utes; the 2008 NCAA College Football National Champions.

Congrats on the great season. Second place isn't bad. Oh, and the home loss to Ole Miss, ouch!

Say "hi" to Urban for me.

Mike Sorenson

Salt Lake City, Utah

How the state can raise money

Every day the paper has articles about how our politicians are "courageously" cutting the state budget, mostly by slashing education and what little safety net exists in the state of Florida.

I'd like to suggest two ways to increase state revenues.

First, I recently found out, the hard way, if one sells real estate in North Carolina at a profit, one is liable for N.C. income tax, even if you are a resident of another state.

Yes, I know we can't have income tax here, but surely our "courageous" politicians could give it another name. And the beauty of imposing this tax, which would raise millions, is that it would be paid by people who could not vote against our "courageous" politicians.

Second, its time to reimpose the intangible property tax, the tax on the owners of stocks, bonds, copyrights, and patents and so on. The repeal of this tax was one of the cornerstones of the Republican strategy to shift the tax burden downward socio-economically. One positive for this tax was that it does not cause people to lose their home as does the ad valorem tax.

One strategy of our politicians seems to be to "sell" professorships in state universities, but really, this is just moving state revenues around and not producing "new money." Therefore I don't think it is very promising in revenue gains.

Gary Wheeler,

Gainesville

Warming warnings are not helpful

It seems that every day we hear new dire predictions of the consequences of global warming. Now the Pew Group has speculated that malaria and other tropical diseases will soon run rampant if we don't stop burning oil and natural gas ("It's nothing to sneeze at," Jan. 4).

Despite what the environmentalists say, it is quite possible to argue the science of global warming. But it seems to me that that approach is a waste of time. The world is not going to suddenly stop using fossil fuels, no matter what the U.S. does. The genie is out of the bottle, and we cannot return it to the 17th century.

Rather than focus solely on halting the use of fossil fuels, as it seems so many environmentalists do, why not try a more reasonable approach, one that attempts to reconcile modern realities with a desire to lessen the release of CO2?

The notion that the U.S. can eliminate the use of fossil fuels in 10 years is just plain ridiculous, and even Al Gore knows it.

What bothers me is that the issue of CO2 release is likely a stalking horse for the anti-growth, anti-U.S., anti-human agenda. And keep in mind that taxes on or limits to CO2 emissions will disproportionately hurt the poor. Al Gore will still be flying around in his jet, "saving us" from ourselves.

Keith Shapiro,

Gainesville

Just imagine this

Imagine, if you can, one day an all powerful UN approves a resolution giving some people who call themselves "Timucuan descendants" ownership of Florida land, since it was stolen from them 500 years ago.

Imagine if your home and town are bulldozed over, and you and your family are forcefully relocated to a huge refugee camp in the panhandle. Imagine if foreign nations and wealthy donors give this new hailed "Timucuan State" trillions of dollars to buy the most sophisticated weapons available to keep you oppressed and powerless.

How would you feel? Ask the Gazans.

Jose Caraballo,

Gainesville

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