Letters to the Editor - May 1


Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 4:46 p.m.

Arizona acts while we lose our rights

The furor over Arizona's new law to curb illegal immigration stems from possible violations of civil rights and that the police can stop anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. What led to this is the federal government's complete abdication of its basic responsibility to protect our borders.

Our Constitution has been shredded and each day is shredded more. Free speech is a distant memory, unless advocating some aberrant behavior. The criminal justice system protects only criminals. The scope of government has expanded beyond anything our Founding Fathers envisioned.

Our government, at all levels, has become a cruel, oppressive joke incapable of any meaningful reform as long as we currently operate by stealing more from honest working people to pandering to the whims of special interests.

Dan Taylor,

Bell

Solar is better than fossil alternative

Thomas Doughty's April 26 letter states that going solar is a "no brainer." I agree; solar is a solid long-term strategy.

George Edward's letter that day warns us about the emission of large amounts of fossil carbon dioxide during the creation of silicon. That is only half the story.

Researchers have recently concluded that producing electricity from solar cells reduces air pollutants by 89 percent in comparison to using conventional fossil fuel technologies.

Solar panels are expensive to make, to make them safe and to not pollute is even more expensive. Cutting corners in environmental safeguards is a popular way for new companies to bring down their costs. Beware of the cheap panels!

Fossil fuels are only affordable due to large government subsidies. If renewables got the same treatment, they would be far more affordable and create less pollution. Call your elected officials and push for a change!

Joe Nicholson,

Gainesville

A flaming wake-up call in the Gulf

Will this oil spill in the Gulf be a wake-up call?

A few months ago in my blog (barbwire.typepad.com/) I protested against the politicians who were lobbying with the big oil companies to allow drilling in the Gulf. The argument was that a natural disaster such as a hurricane would be more likely to cause the ruination of our coast than drilling for oil in the Gulf. What rot!

We will soon learn how our shoreline will be ruined as well as the fishing industry and tourism.

Wake up people, show some guts. This includes politicians who become less like people and more like bankers every day.

The biggest betrayal of all is that President Obama is pandering to these companies. I can understand that he must give something in return for getting his agenda through, but at the ruination of our coastline is unthinkable.

Barbara Ingle-Carroll,

Steinhatchee

Don't swap sports for classical music

Last week a writer suggested that Rock 104 FM be used to bring back classical music, as there are many rock stations in town. In some ways this is a great idea, but in doing that, a whole bunch of folks who are currently enjoying wonderful sports on that station, myself included, will be unhappy,

UF baseball broadcasts on FM, are available to a much wider area than on AM. UF basketball broadcasts on FM make it available to those of us who like to listen while we watch the game in the O'Connell Center. AM broadcasts did not come through clearly.

I certainly hope classical music returns, but not at the expense of the sports we currently have on UF's other FM station.

Carol Christiansen,

Gainesville

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