Letters to the Editor - September 1


Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.

Us vs. government

Recent polls show most Americans are opposed to our federal government involving its ethical, moral geopolitical and constitutional stand.

Some examples include the federal government suing the state of Arizona over immigration, states suing the federal government over health care, the house speaker verbally attacking people who are complaining about a mosque being built, and the president going after the "stupid" police at the beer summit.

Who will be left standing or will we all go down together. Could we use another beer summit?

John S. Poser,

Gainesville

A cruel limitation

We need to get rid of this limit on the number of people who can be fed at St. Francis House. With the economy being the way it is a lot of folks are going hungry. There is no shortage of food. The main reason for the limit is to relocate the poor out of downtown. We can do better.

Pat Fitzpatrick,

Gainesville

Don't blame victims

Assistant State Attorney Adam Urra has gone on record saying that he will take seriously any crime of sexual battery reported by a woman regardless of status ("Man facing possible life sentence in attack," Aug. 27). I hope this is a sign that the days of blaming the victim are diminishing.

Judy Walden,

Gainesville

On short notice

In response to Angela Stoots' Aug. 25 letter stating that parents should not have waited until the last minute to purchase uniforms: She obviously did not read The Sun article in which several local business managers were quoted as saying that they were not provided with enough notice to be able to stock their shelves with collared shirts.

Because of the short notice, many local business owners lost out on an enormous amount of revenue. Many retailers asked the School Board not to implement the new policy until 2011 so that they would have ample time to prepare.

Angel Rodriguez,

Gainesville

Why Florida changed

In his Sunday Speaking Out, David R. Colburn asks: "So what happened to the enlightened Florida that welcomed people from all backgrounds and to those Floridians who viewed the state as a beacon of hope for all?"

What has changed over my lifetime started out with President Carter's uncontrolled mass immigration from Cuba.

When I was growing up we had people with Hispanic, Japanese and other non-English sounding names, but they were entirely different from so many today.

They either spoke English or were working hard at learning it. We didn't have special language classes in our schools or government institutions at taxpayers expense. We had politicians who enforced our immigration laws.

We still welcome immigrants who immigrated legally, are not attempting to have costly taxpayer programs put in place or change the demographics of our state and nation.

Charlie Jones,

Bell

Our needs at home

While watching the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it became even more obvious to me that America's resources and tax dollars would be much better served helping our own citizens than wasting it in Iraq and Afghanistan where we're not even wanted. We need homes, schools and businesses built in our country first.

Valerie Taylor,

Alachua

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