Letters to the Editor - Oct. 1


Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 4:27 p.m.

Spending on war, neglecting home

While other nations, as South Korea, are rebuilding their cities, their schools, their highways, their parks and all the rest, we in American are wasting our largesse on mindless, stupid, unnecessary wars such as Afghanistan.

When, if ever, are we going to realize that our security lies in a well educated, healthy population and not in trying to run the world?

Our highways are one pot hole after another. Hundreds of thousands of our children are ill-housed, ill-fed and suffering from malnutrition. So what are we doing? We are sending our young men and women to be killed in places they do not belong when they could be at home rebuilding our infrastructure.

What are our leaders thinking? Did I say thinking?

William D. Hedges,

Gainesville

Training will tell

A story in the Sept. 28 Sun dramatically pointed up why the firing of Lt. Ettel by University Police Department was justified ("Police close roads to deal with gunman").

GPD cordoned off an area of Northeast Gainesville and negotiated for two hours with a disturbed individual who had locked himself in his car with a firearm. The appropriate teams for negotiation and mental health were called to the scene. An armed response team was there if needed, but thankfully was not.

The situation ended with the gentleman getting the help he needed. This could have been done for Adu Brempong, but of course the response was far different and, certainly, inappropriate.

Why was it so different? Supervision and training prerogatives. At GPD, obviously, the finer points of "Protect and Serve" are given the priority they deserve.

UPD, I fear, is operating in a less forgiving, less compassionate era. Will this change? We can only hope.

Anna M. Reno,

Gainesville

Let's all drive to live

I wanted to express my joy that nobody was severely injured in the crash on I-75 on Monday.

As a daily traveler on I-75 I have driven through many torrential storms where visibility was almost impossible. As a cautious driver I would reduce my speed from 70 mph to 45-50 mph depending on the road conditions and the severity of the storm.

To my amazement during these severe storms I would be passed by vehicles traveling any where from 80-95 mph, tailgating other drivers while talking on their cell phones and their headlights not on.

This is what we call an accident waiting to happen.

My message to all drivers: Slow down, turn your lights on, and get off the phone. You may have a highway death wish but the rest of us don't.

Dyana Drago,

Gainesville

Give road conditions due consideration

In response to the Sept. 29 story "FHP: Hydroplaning teen set off chain reaction crash": I would like to know the speed the teenager was traveling when he hydroplaned and caused this pileup on I-75. Also, if he was using cruise control.

If all motorists would take the weather and road conditions into account and drive accordingly, accidents like this would not happen.

Marilyn Ritter,

Gainesville

Disrespect of the sheriff uncalled for

I have been a lifelong Democrat and never have voted Republican except once when it was a family member running for office.

However, this year as a result of the dispute over the funding for the Sheriff's Department I will vote the Republican ticket when it comes to county commissioners.

Sheriff Sadie Darnell has not been shown the respect and appreciation she deserves. I think there are enough people who agree, that this will bring about a change in the commissioner make-up.

Judy Walden,

Gainesville

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