Letters to the Editor - Jan. 30


Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 11:26 p.m.

Booster seats needed to protect children

As a pediatrician, I take care of lots of earaches and runny noses, but I also see too many children injured in accidents.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 2 and 14 according to he National Transportation Safety Board. Around 2,000 kids die in motor vehicle crashes each year nationwide. They are also the leading cause of acquired disabilities, like brain injury and paralysis.

Florida is one of only three states that has not passed a law requiring booster seats. This is dangerous because safety belts are not designed for children.

Beginning at around age four, many children are too large for toddler seats but too small for adult safety belts. A booster seat raises your child up so that the safety belt fits right – and can better protect your child from head and abdominal injuries. It reduces the risk of injury by 59 percent

Please join me in urging our state leaders to pass a booster seat law. For more information about booster seats, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site at: www.boosterseat.gov

Karen Bodnar,

Gainesville

Give Tebow a break

After reading The Sun story titled "Tebow takes some hits for ad," I began to realized many things about the way extremists think.

I am mainly talking about the respectable ladies who went on television to claim that Tebow was creating hate toward women and their rights. And Jodi Jacobson, who was recently quoted in The Sun saying, "We don't need a Christian fundamentalist athlete lecturing other people about his beliefs."

This is all caused by Tebow creating an ad about his mother's decision to not abort him.

I believe a woman should have the right to choose, and I am pro-choice. But I find it hilarious that feminists fly off the handle because Tebow is saying there is another choice other than abortion.

For all those who want to accuse nice people of being filled with hate, grow up. You're making all of us women look bad.

Kim Bullard,

Gainesville

Keeping bad company

In regard to The Sun story titled "Tebow ad takes some hits": What is troubling is Tim and his family associating themselves with Focus on the Family, the ad's sponsor.

Focus on the Family supported the March, 2009, effort to remove protections in Gainesville's charter for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Citizens of Gainesville stood up for equality and fair treatment of all when they rejected that charter amendment. Why would Tim link himself to an organization that does not support equality and fair treatment of all?

As a mom, I encourage the Tebow family to spread their message of faith in conjunction with organizations that celebrate all people.

Michelle Ott,

Gainesville

Why bank bonuses?

There has been much fuss in the media recently about the large bonuses given to bankers and others who deal in dollars.

This country, historically, was basically agricultural. Tomato pickers were paid a wage, or so much per bushel picked, and given one or more bushels of tomatoes in addition. Apple orchard workers were given apples in addition to their pay, and even bagel bakers, a non-agricultural group, were given bags of bagels in addition to their wages.

Bankers deal in dollars. It is entirely reasonable that bankers should be given a little extra in the crop with which they deal; bushels or big, brown paper bags of dollars.

These might be singles, or fives, or tens, twenties, fifties or hundreds. But bucks for bankers are as reasonable as tomatoes for pickers, aren't they?

Robert W. Bertcher,

Gainesville

Gone, not forgotten

Good luck to Major Wright, Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden, Tim Tebow, Riley Cooper, Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez in their future NFL careers. All of their hard work, dedication and skill have paid off. We will forever remember them fondly for all the great memories they have provided to the Gator Nation.

Joseph E. Freck,

Melrose

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