Letters to the Editor - Jan. 17


Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:46 p.m.

Killing jobs

The real problem with American job growth and prosperity is not that we are not doing enough to assist the unemployed. It is that our governmental policies and special interests are standing in the way.

An example of this insanity is taken from a recent press report from the St. Augustine Record: "Jeff Fella, spokesman for Seminole Electric, said, ‘We have cancelled the Unit 3 project because of the uncertain regulatory and legal environment related to the construction of new coal-fired units.'"

The project would have created 1,500 construction jobs and 50 full-time jobs at the plant.

Wake up, Americns. We are at a crucial crossroads on the future of the American Dream. Become informed and take back the country.

Frank Tipton,

Archer

Thanks, Charlie

Charlie Crist's misguided policy of blocking the permitting of additional coal-fired power plants has resulted in the cancellation of Seminole Electric's Unit No. 3. Seminole sells power to Clay Electric Coop, which in turn serves many rural Alachua County residents with environmentally responsible power at a reasonable cost.

This misuse of governmental power will result in higher energy costs as electric demand increases in the future and Clay is forced to buy higher-cost power from the grid.

Next month when we all receive our cold-snap electric bill, perhaps we should carefully consider if Charlie Crist really has our best interest at heart.

Andrew Weitz,

High Springs

Why communism?

Lourdes Maria Chu (Voice, 1-13) explains that Cuba's continuing poverty is due to its embrace of Soviet-style economics and not our trade embargo. However, from Castro's point of view, his country's open adoption of the Soviet communist model was the best protection he could muster against a potential invasion from the U.S.

Castro could force the Russians to provide the political cover he needed. Indeed, it could be argued that this open embrace of communism was essential to Cuba's independence as a nation. The United States had then, and still has, a history of unilaterally intervening in many smaller nations.

It could be argued that fear of an invasion by the U.S. drove Castro to adopt most of the policies that Chu and the U.S. government deplore.

Richard R. Renner,

Gainesville

Love, not money

In a Jan. 14 letter, Bill Maur expressed his opinion that people who can't afford children shouldn't have them.

As a person raised in near-poverty, in a South Philadelphia inner city neighborhood rife with poverty, drugs, alcoholism, violence, broken homes, and all the symptoms of hopelessness and despair, my parents certainly couldn't afford to have children, far less seven of us. But they did, and they struggled to get by on my father's meager pay.

Love is the true value of our lives and cannot be measured in material terms, as money is. And the love continues in my own children, who I couldn't afford at the time they were conceived, yet managed somehow.

It appalls me to think what would be had my parents decided they couldn't afford to have children. Not only would I have never existed, but neither would my beautiful children.

Michael Manion,

Gainesville

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