Letters to the Editor - Jan. 12


Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 7:27 p.m.

Hate speech against Israel is intolerable

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Vitriolic invectives directed toward Israel are nothing new in the Middle East where calls for their destruction are routine.

Since its inception, Israel has had to fight rogue murderers who claim to be concerned about the Palestinians. Instead of meaningful assistance, the supposed friends of the Palestinians provide only weapons to be unleashed on civilians and a steady flow of hatred.

Israel has every right to defend itself. The media has largely ignored the daily barrage of Hamas missiles fired indiscriminately into Israel for years.

What is new is the depth of the gutter protesters have sunk to here in America. Calling for Jews to “go back to the oven” is intolerable. Why aren’t these people charged with hate crimes?

If those remarks were directed toward any other group of people, leftists would be calling for their heads.

The pages of The Sun have recently included calls for ending U.S. aid to the only enduring democratic and staunch ally in the region. I guess all the multicultural and tolerance propaganda that the media and our education system espouses does not include the Jewish people, whose disproportionate contributions to civilization have been achieved despite continual adversity throughout history.

I pray the day will never come when America abandons God’s chosen people.

Dan Taylor,

Bell

How our son’s life was saved

On Nov. 22, our son was involved in a serious motorcycle/pickup truck accident on County Road 241. His injuries were catastrophic and, according to the surgeon, he was not expected to live.

We are convinced that his survival can be attributed to two things:

First, there were prayer chains all over the U.S. that responded immediately to his needs, and the Good Lord had an extra hand in his survival.

The other thing that saved his life were the new survival kits used by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department and Fire and Rescue. The prompt response by Deputies Ben Fair and Travis Benton and firefighters Grant Bozier and Jimmy Buck saved our son’s life.

We can only say a big thank you to the Sheriff’s Department and Fire and Rescue for their expert training and the way they handled our son at the accident. He is still alive and recovering.

Jim and Jean Buffington,

High Springs

Let’s tax those who are smoking

Here’s a solution to the state budget problem: Add a $5 tax to each package of cigarettes and the state should have an excess of money. Have you noticed how many people are smoking up the planet?

M. Klug,

Fort White

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