Letters to the Editor - Jan. 29


Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 1:45 p.m.

We won't take it

In his Jan. 25 letter Eddie Bryan asked the question, "What's wrong with a little socialism?" What's right about it?

We the People are now awake and paying attention. This is the USA, not the USSA, even though the guiding principles of our Constitution are being thrown away.

He states the rich don't want to help the poor due to sheer greed. The wealthy not only are more generous in their charitable donations, but they pay the majority of income taxes to support social entitlement programs.

Bryan referenced Franklin D. Roosevelt as a hero to most people. Social Security was totally unconstitutional and took the stacking of the Supreme Court with his people to guarantee its enactment.

I find it a difficult to find anything heroic in laws that forcefully take money from Americans' paychecks for the establishment of entitlement programs.

Bryan says this Congress has the chance to be great if some of us don't impede its progress. We intend to impede them every step of the way.

Paula Helton,

Chairperson,

Research Committee

Gainesville Tea Party

Gainesville

Socialism needed

In his Jan. 21 letter, Ted Belser says that "we need to stand up to the culture of corruption that has taken power in Washington," and stop socialism.

Do people like Belser think Social Security and Medicare are bad for America? Do they think that our gradated tax rate is bad? All these plans are socialistic, whereby the rich provide some support for the poor.

If we had no socialism at all, the divide between the rich and the poor would be much larger than it is, and this suggests to me that the economy, and the general state of our country, would be much worse.

It seems to me that a degree of socialism is essential for America. And I believe that we need a bit more of it now via a good national health care plan.

Jerry G. Fossum

Gainesville

Divide and conquer

Republicans can't play nice in the sandbox of life. They threw fits about Obama's agenda, stirred up some tea pots, peddled papers full of false claims of socialism and communism, with some photos of Barack made up like angel of death with a Hitler mustache.

One seat, Teddy's seat, gone to the GOP new guy, and boom, all is lost. The sky fell. The end? I don't think so.

We are only at the mercy of this disinformation if we watch it. So, simply, turn it off. We should not be brain-washed by the party that has gone on record, gleefully chanting "We want Obama to fail!"

Linda C. Wilson,

Gainesville

She had a choice

I hope all who listen to Tim Tebow's commercial on Super Bowl Sunday will make note of the fact that Tim's mother had a choice.

I'm sure that all of us at the University of Florida are glad that she made the choice she did, but I for one am glad that American women still have that privilege, and I pray that we will continue to have the option to decide, however hard the choice.

Elizabeth Adams,

Gainesville

Locked in the past

Tim Tebow has taped a commercial for a Christian anti-gay, anti-abortion organization, Focus on the Family, that will be aired during the upcoming Super Bowl.

I suggest Tebow wipe the Bible smudges off his face and take a good look at what the far right Christians have done to humiliate good Americans, good loving families, gay and lesbian men and women who have done so much for their country.

Tim might be awestruck to learn how many gay teachers he has had in his life, and how many fellow football players also have been gay men. Many gay couples have adopted parentless and homeless children, and children who might have been aborted, and have given them security and love.

Tebow is not a spokesman for his generation. His is locked in the biblical past!

B. James Quigley,

Alachua

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