Letters to the Editor - Nov. 1
Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 at 5:52 p.m.
Why we must tax the wealthy among us
In his Oct. 26 letter Darrel Kirkland is wrong when he says a graduated income tax is "punishing high achievers" the federal government is "an agent of plunder" and government programs helping the less fortunate reward bad behavior.
There is an inherent weakness in free market capitalism: The wealth accumulates at the top. Those with the wealth tend toward riskier investments, and those without tend toward despair. A downward spiral accelerates as fewer people can afford goods causing businesses to fail and even fewer able to buy goods.
Ultimately, the highest possible tax rates on the wealthy are necessary in order to maintain the system. The government uses the revenue to the benefit of all.
Is it unAmerican to promote policies that have historically been shown to destabilize our economic system?
WikiLeaks proves that Bush was on target
Missing from most of the press coverage about this WikiLeaks release has been the numerous entries about the discovered weapons of mass destruction (chemical agents) in Iraq.
Shortly after the invasion of Iraq the press implied that as no nuclear weapons had been found in Iraq there were no weapons of mass destruction there, and that President Bush had used false pretensions for the invasion. This allegation was repeatedly used by the press and the current administration in attacking the Bush administration.
In the current WikiLeaks release are many entries that mention the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq after the invasion. Sadam had weapons of mass destruction, and the Bush administration's justification of the invasion is valid.
Fredrick P. Peterkin,
Interest in radio still running high here
Media pundits say the public is losing interest in terrestrial radio and television. Well you couldn't prove that in Gainesville and that's a good sign.
The uproar over WUFT-FM's format change to all-talk, and now their sister station WRUF-FM's switch to country, certainly has folks interested in local radio. Both format changes have been welcomed by most in the community, but some listeners still would like to hear an "arts" formatted local station.
While that may sound like a good idea, it is economically not feasible in a market the size of Gainesville. Only a few major metropolitan areas can sustain a fine arts radio station.
Specialty/niche formats are what HD radio is excelling in. We have one right here in Gainesville, at 89.1-2 FM. Give it a listen.
Thank you, Sun
I want to express my profound gratitude for The Sun's heartfelt article about rural teen's accident rates. I lost my 16 year old grandson, who became one of those statistics. Your article interviewed and reported the things my daughter felt needed to be said to warn other families so that they might be spared the pain of such a loss. I thank you for your honesty and sensitivity.
T.J. Radacky's grandmother.
Pool is Gainesville's best kept secret
The best kept secret in Gainesville is the early-morning swim hours at the Northeast Pool. Open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., the water is clean and fresh, warm and inviting.
The only problem is that if not enough people show up, they'll no longer open in the morning. The price is right, at $1.85 per swim, or you can purchase monthly memberships.
So, come on out and jump in. It's great exercise and starts the day out on a positive note. Hope to see you there.
We're not safe from prying official eyes
In response to The Sun's Oct. 23 editorial, "Spying on Us": Many science fiction books have predicted that, in an irrational frenzy to protect its citizens, governments would enact and enforce laws that would infringe on the very freedoms we have all decided are our inalienable rights.
Privacy, search and seizure, self-incrimination are some of these rights. Yet, our own government murders civilians in fighting our various "just" wars; it tortures prisoners being held without benefit of habeas corpus; it taps phone lines; intercepts private e-mails; and now wants to spy on you by putting a global positioning system (GPS) on your car, without your knowledge or consent, to track your whereabouts.
All in the name of the government's interpretation of "security."
I say "Give me liberty or give me death." And if you think about your own rights and privacy, you will agree with me. Let's not stand for it.
Accused UF professor got a bum rap
In response to the firing of Timothy Taylor, a professor of Food and Recourse Economics at UF ("UF professor fired after comments about women," Sept. 20):
I was in the contemporary issues class that Dr. Taylor reportedly made those objectionable comments in. Not only did that class prepare me to enter the workforce, that particular lesson on sexual harassment has had a profound impact on my career so far.
Not only were the comments he made during that lesson appropriate, they were true. In no way did Taylor intend to make anyone uncomfortable. This is an issue that every graduating student should have to confront before entering the workforce, and I can't think of a better person to broach the issue than Dr. Taylor.