Letters to the Editor - Feb. 1

Published: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 4:58 p.m.

Let's get on the bus

For 20 years Alachua County Legislative Day was our county's opportunity to shine in Tallahassee for one day during the legislative session. Unfortunately we have not had the opportunity to brag about our great county for the last two years due to the loss of a coordinating committee.

Good news, it's back. The Alachua County Education Association stepped in to head this year's Legislative Day and many of the committee members from the past organizing group have stepped forward to help.

Alachua County Legislative Day will be Wednesday, April 14. This year's theme is, “Alachua County … A Vibrant Collage of Opportunities.”

We welcome anyone in the community who would like to participate in the planning process. This is a community event, and we want Alachua County to shine. Please call me at 377-7635 for information.

We would like to have a great showing of community support by seeing a lot of people “getting on the bus” the morning of April 14th.

Sande Calkins,


Alachua County

Education Association,


Thanks for the oil

On behalf of Oak Hall School and the biodiesel team, I wish to thank every citizen who anonymously donated used vegetable oil to the biodiesel project. Your contribution not only benefits the project by giving us an additional reusable energy source, but also benefits all county residents by keeping this oil out of the landfill or the wastewater treatment facility.

Erich Christian,

OHS Biodiesel Project Founder,


The gift of life

I recently had a dear friend who had a sudden, life-threatening illness which required 16 bags of blood and a two week stay at North Florida Regional Hospital. Without donated blood, he would not be here today.

I have been a regular blood donor for about 25 years now. It is an easy, quick process. I encourage everyone to do “their good deed for life,” as I do. You never know when you or a family member will need this blood, and we want it to be plentiful.

Debra A. Miller,


So what's changed, Mr. President?

I voted for Obama and I deeply regret it. Change? What change?

We still have “Don't ask, don't tell,” which he could have wiped out with a pen stroke. We still have Guantanamo, also which he could have resolved.

We still have two wars which he did not need to continue except, not having served in the military, he was cowed by the generals.

We still have high unemployment. And we have no health care bill! However, we do have a lot more debt!

Thank you, Mr. President!

William D. Hedges,


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