Letters to the Editor - Jan. 16

Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 2:43 p.m.

‘Just desserts'?

In regards to former Gainesville police officer David Reveille: Chief Tony Jones said, "No one is above the law, he went through the system and got his just desserts for his action."

Before we nod our heads in agreement, let's review the facts.

Reveille was arrested on six counts of sexual battery, among other things. Even one count should get any "regular" citizen more than two years.

Reveille was only given two years for two counts of battery, one count of aggravated assault and felony sexual battery, one count of false imprisonment and one count of official misconduct.

Thank you Chief Jones for showing us that nobody is above the law, (except our good friends at GPD). Two years in jail is definitely a "just" punishment considering the list of his crimes.

Michael Riling,


The real agenda behind biomass

I echo Tony Domenech's letter of 1/8 in response to criticisms being leveled against GRU.

For Gainesville's future energy needs, GRU advised that conservation alone would not suffice and that the construction of a new 200-plus megawatt coal-fired power plant was the best option, not a biomass plant.

Rather than take GRU at its word, the City Commission paid ICF Consulting $345,000 to make recommendations. In March, 2006, ICF concluded that GRU did, indeed, need to increase capacity.

Meanwhile, in 2005, city commissioners jettisoned general manager Mike Kurtz, a GRU employee since 1974 and GM since 1990, ostensibly over money. Kurtz, incidentally, refused to toe the pro-biomass/anti-coal line.

And, even though 51 percent of the nation's electric power was generated using coal as of 2008, Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, in 2007, declared coal to be obsolete and said it was no longer a reasonable option for GRU.

Stopping development is the real agenda here. By requiring the government to acquire "working" forest lands, the biomass plant would keep these lands from being developed, and aggrandize a power-hungry government.

Keith Hazouri,

Gainesville Tea Party


China can, we can't

I just came back from a trip to China. From a personal point of view, the people I met were happy, well-fed and were enjoying themselves.

Yes, they are a communist country. Yes, they don't support freedom of speech. Yes, they are anti-religion. So, what good are they as a government?

Well, they will build and have nuclear power for energy in this century. We won't. They will continue to build solar energy and wind energy projects that will supply power in the gigawatts. We won't.

How can a communist country be so rational as to foresee and therefore forestall obvious energy problems? Maybe it's because they don't have contend with a sclerotic, cantankerous, irrational and greedy system that is our two-party system.

Maybe they don't have to listen to the lobbies of the military-industrial complex, specifically big oil.

Maybe the Chinese are smart and have figured this out. I think we should copy the Chinese.

Jerry Jenkins,


Education cuts hurt

Years ago, Floridians were assured, if approved, the lottery would help pay for education so, in it came and we soon realized it was a "little white lie."

From the enormous amount of lottery funds being collected, Floridians are wondering why there should ever be budget cuts in education!

Continued cuts in the education budget certainly implies our governor, and legislators, feel education has little importance in our state.

Jamie Mathis

Evelyn Wood,


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