Letters to the Editor - Jan. 3


Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:41 p.m.

Reputation earned

We have certainly earned our reputation as one of the top meanest cities to the homeless population. It's almost as if we're competing for a trophy.

"Redesign the plaza!" How many times have I heard that one in the last 25 years? How many thousands and thousands of dollars, how many consultants from out of town, how many public meetings?

So here we go again, this time simply because a certain kind of public is an eyesore to another kind of public. Where are the creative solutions from our elected leaders? Why aren't we simply modeling plans that have been effective solutions from similar cities, for example, Dignity Village in Portland, Ore.? No, not us.

Don't worry, there's a 10-year plan on the way. Meanwhile, get out of the public plaza or we'll design you out.

Thank God for term limits. I'm voting for the candidate with the campaign slogan: "End all stupidity."

Tom Miller,

Gainesville

Security failure

The father of jihadist/terrorist Farouk Abdulmutallab called the U.S. embassy to say his son is seeking to do harm to the U.S. (His file is tagged, not his passport).

Janet Nepolitano states "the system works" after the fact, and quickly backtracked when our $500 million Homeland Security Department failed miserably.

President Obama called it an isolated incident and called Abdulmutallab a suspect, not a terrorist, even though he has ties to al-Qaida in Yemen. And al-Qaida claims responsibility.

The Israelis had it right when they said "We look for weapons and they look for terrorists." Profiling comes to mind.

Eileen M. Maren,

Gainesville

Real health reform

If there is going to be health care reform let's do it 100 percent!

Let's limit caps on what lawyers can make with health care related lawsuits. The University of Florida should only make $5,000 per year per medical student. All medical professors should make no more than $50,000 per year.

Until all military personnel are taken care of 100 percent of the time don't talk to me about universal health care.

I can't take care of my family all the time, why should I take care of yours?

This health care bill is totally against what this country was founded on. Just leave me alone and "Don't tread on me!"

Colby Pacek,

Archer

A cruel ride

In response to the recent story title "Robes to rodeo," about the judge who stepped down to ride in the rodeo:

I don't find rodeo's entertaining or necessary. To me there's something lacking, when humans find pleasure in subjecting animals to physical distress or discomfort.

Oh well, where there's power and a belt buckle involved who know to what extent man will go?

Adele Franson,

Gainesville

Rules are rules

So, an American general in Iraq says if a female soldier gets pregnant, she will be severely punished. OK, I can accept that; rules are rules.

But I wonder, will any attempt be made to identify the father, and if he is in the military will he be severely punished?

June Girard,

Gainesville

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