Letters to the Editor - April 1


Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 2:35 p.m.

Where’s the recognition?

This year as in many previous years, I enjoyed the Spring Arts festival in Gainesville. It is one of the cultural activities for which the City of Gainesville ought to be proud.

While visiting a European group of artists past fall, some artists in this group made a comment after learning that I am from Gainesville “Oh, Gainesville is the home of the Barbara Kirkpatrick Spring Arts Festival!’’ I was puzzled, since I never heard in Gainesville that particular name attached to this festival.

Later I learned that the late Barbara Kirkpatrick, who was an instructor in the English and literature at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, was indeed the founder of this festival! Can anyone enlighten me why the City of Gainesville does not give the credit to this remarkable woman for the establishment of this festival?

Is this perhaps a case of the American what-have-you-done-for-me-lately syndrome?

Z.R. Pop-Stojanovic

Gainesville

Bill would boost nursing education

Recently, a new piece of legislation has gone to committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill, H.R. 1460, was proposed by Rep. Thomas Latham, R-Iowa, and cosponsored by 14 other representatives, both Democrats and Republicans. The bill would authorize federal loan repayments for nursing students working on their masters or Ph.D. in nursing who agree to teach nursing at a certified college for a period of at least four years following their graduation.

Much hoopla has been made about the nursing shortage in our country recently, yet little has been done to address it. The real problem is not a lack of interest in the profession but a lack of nursing educators.

This is because a nurse with a master’s degree can make more money as a nurse practitioner than as an educator.

With incentives such as these in place, colleges could attract more Ph.D.- and master’s-prepared nurses to teach, thereby increasing the number of seats available in nursing programs that would help to alleviate the shortages we are experiencing, which are projected to only get worse.

As a nurse myself and as a concerned citizen of our republic, I urge every reader of The Sun to write to your congressman/woman and encourage them to vote for this important piece of bipartisan legislation.

Ranson Thomas

Gainesville

Everybody wins at the dinner table

It was a pleasure to see a recent article in the Sun about the increasing popularity of square-foot gardening. From these gardens, one gets better-quality vegetables, and the carbon footprint shrinks due to lower transportation costs.

Another winning situation is a person eating as a vegetarian one day per week. This is a win/win/win situation. Your health wins, the animals win, and the earth wins. It takes less water and energy to grow vegetable protein than animal protein.

“Meatout Mondays” is a program to encourage people to skip eating meat one day per week. There is a Meatout Mondays Web site at www.meatoutmondays.org where one can get more information.

Larry Schwandes

Gainesville

The ups and downs of gas coverage

I just can’t understand why when the press says the price of gas will go up, it suddenly does. When the press says the price will be going down, it suddenly does.

How about giving consumers a break and keeping the gas under $2 a gallon? That’s a fair amount considering the price of crude oil has come down. In these times, people need to get to work and grocery stores, and gasoline costs are a big factor in the economy.

Ronni Herrick

Newberry

Inspiration from young writers

The Florida Free Speech Forum of Gainesville extends thanks to The Gainesville Sun for its support of our annual Horance G. “Buddy” Davis Persuasive Writing Competition.

By publishing on March 23 the winning essays from this competition, the Sun not only spotlights the writing talent of high school students in our area, but also provides them with the experience of expressing their personal opinions in a public forum. What better way to teach these young people the value of the First Amendment to our Constitution?

We also thank the Alachua County School District staff and teachers for their continued support of this writing competition by encouraging their students to participate. Their guidance and instruction are helping these students learn how the power of the written word can affect public opinion.

This year culminates our fourth annual writing competition. We continue to be impressed by the subject matter the students select. They have literally “done their homework” and are passionate about their positions. It is inspiring to hear and see these young people.

In addition to the writing competition, the Florida Free Speech Forum has been providing programs that advocate, protect and defend freedom of speech through open and constructive dialogue for more than 14 years. Please visit our Web site at floridafreespeech.org to read the winning writing competition essays and to see current program information. We hope you will join us.

Ann W. Williams

President

Florida Free Speech Forum

Gainesville

Lots of new reasons for going elsewhere

Thanks, Gainesville, for doing things that make me want to leave here and go somewhere else; things like allowing men to enter women’s restrooms or women to enter men’s restrooms simply because the person has an inner feeling of being the opposite of his/her physical gender.

Remember the incident at the NW 13th Street Home Depot recently where a man walked into a ladies restroom and was taking pictures of the woman in the stall next to him? It was something the Amendment 1 opponents said wouldn’t happen, and it did happen.

Thanks for voting for more tax increases and raising our utility rates again simply because GRU made a bad investment with a bank. It’s things like this that are the reason I take my business elsewhere.

Brian Taylor

Gainesville

A rational approach to insurance

The rational approach to any insurance plan, including medical, is to have the largest possible base of users, in order to produce the lowest unit cost. This isn’t rocket science.

The current system divides us into groups, denies coverage to those most in need and enriches a handful of CEOs. Time for rational change. Health care should not be for profit.

Ronald Bishop

High Springs

New cars needed?

While city commissioners continue to get bashed for their support of Ironwood golf course, I wonder where the questions are concerning the new expenditures taken on by the Gainesville Police Department.

If you have not noticed, there are an influx of brand-new Dodge Charger police cruisers patrolling the streets. Even with any deals the city might receive from dealers, there is no way each new Charger costs less than $25,000 to purchase and fully outfit for police duty.

I completely support our law enforcement but question the difference made by each one of these high-priced cop cruisers in keeping our city safe. I’m sure our officers can keep fighting crime just as well in 1997 Crown Victorias as they can in 2009 Chargers.

C. Bell

Gainesville

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