Letters to the Editor - Jan. 26


Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.

Court legislates from the bench

"And if elected or appointed I promise not to legislate from the bench." Sound familiar?

In overturning an act of Congress prohibiting corporations from making political contributions our Supreme Court has done just that.

Corporations exist only by the will of the legislature. Corporations are not people. By elevating a corporation to the status of a person our Supreme Court has shown its true colors.

Nath Doughtie,

Gainesville

Now money really talks in politics

There's an expression: "Money talks, everything else walks." Middle Americans should stock up in comfortable shoes.

Leave it to Republicans in their idolization and worship of money to create virtual persons named corporation. Next year will they label corporations deities?

Republicans are already in the kneeling position for corporations, it's the rest of America's turn next.

Vernon Hull,

Gainesville

Court puts the U.S. up for sale

Congratulations to the U.S. Supreme Court for making it possible to sell the United States to the highest bidder! If you thought big business had too much influence and power in our government just wait until they exercise their new rights under this ruling.

Linda Butcher,

Micanopy

The long hangover

I find the recent election results from Massachusetts depressing.

How sad to think that a seat held for so many years by Teddy Kennedy, a champion of universal health care, would go to the Republican Party whose members were rewarded for blocking things at all cost and intimidating any representative who tried to work on a compromise.

The poor have Medicaid and the rich don't have to worry, they can afford it, so it's us in the middle that hope we don't get too sick, when we can't afford insurance or have "pre-existing" conditions.

This election result will be one long hangover. If only a Republican senator had the moral ground to work seriously with the Democrats maybe this wouldn't have happened and we would have had a better health care plan.

Kim Ahrens,

Gainesville

We will remember

When it comes time to vote, those who have tried to do something for the homeless, such as increase the number of meals that may be served, are getting my vote.

I read of Jack Donovan's effort to at least put this matter on a later agenda and could not even get a second. I say Shame!

We may be the unnoticed majority, we are not the ones with financial resources or political power. Still we are a force to be reckoned with and elected officials would be wise to recognize this fact and use their political savvy.

Judy Walden,

Gainesville

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