Letters to the Editor - Jan. 1, 2011


Published: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 at 2:41 p.m.

It's time to tax corporate greed

Why do we continue to permit, and even reward, companies that send jobs overseas while our joblessness rate at home continues to rise?

One response is that Americans would not pay the higher prices for the products that used to be made in our own country but can be made much cheaper overseas. But getting these lower prices results in increasing costs for unemployment benefits and welfare due to lost jobs.

These companies should be taxed enough to level the playing field so the jobs going overseas would be coming back to this country where they belong.

While we are saving the economy of these overseas countries, we are letting our own economic situation here at home go down the tubes.

If we don't start taking care of ourselves everyone will suffer, including the underdeveloped countries that are profiting from the present corporate greed.

Marjorie Hodge,

Gainesville

No ‘immunity' for Rodney Long's woes

Rodney Long feels he deserves immunity from the "court of public opinion" because he is a public official? Might the citizens remind our culpable commissioner that he is precisely where he is because of public opinion.

And he should also take heed that his financial irresponsibility impacts this county greatly, as he oversees a $300-plus million budget.

And trying to weasel out of his debt through a loophole is the height of chicanery. Citizens beware; you get what you vote for.

Laurie Newsom,

President

Gainesville Tea Party

Long got the benefits

While I do not think County Commissioner Rodney Long's personal finances are any of my business, it is humorous to me that Long expects all the benefits of being a public official and none of the scrutiny.

Make no mistake, Long has reaped the benefits; sweetheart real estate deals, lobby contracts to influence the city, and of course the $70,000-plus per year salary.

Canfield "C.D." Evans

Gainesville

On the wrong track with school vouchers

Gov.-elect Scott has proposed school vouchers for Florida students. Presumably he has decided public schools are inadequate and giving money directly to parents and letting parents decide how their children will be educated will solve this inadequacy.

First, Article 1, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution specifically prohibits using taxpayers money for religious education, which is where much of the voucher money will be spent.

Second, what will be the basis for an academic standard if all the students go to different schools? Is there also Federal money involved?

Many studies have shown American children rank about 48th in the world in academic achievement. The problem is in the home and the way we teach.

Gov-Elect Scott needs to send delegations to higher-achieving countries and find out how they do it. Let's copy a winner.

Marjorie Taylor,

Micanopy

Why high gas prices? Little competition

Many people are complaining about the exorbitant gas prices in Gainesville. The gas prices in surrounding cities such as Ocala and Waldo are relatively cheaper.

Lots of people attribute this increase in expense to taxes on gas. However, the total tax seems to be close to the same in the surrounding areas.

I believe the main reason for an increase in gasoline costs locally is the lack of competition in Gainesville. Sam's Club and Walmart have both tried to install gas pumps at their locations with no success. That would increase competition, which is exactly what the other gas companies don't want.

One such company, The Pantry, owns 28 out of the 110 gas stations in Gainesville and lobbied heavily against WalMart's and Sams Club's gas stations.

Gainesville needs to give other corporations a chance to enter the market and create some much needed competition.

Manuel Angerhofer,

Gainesville

‘Don't ask...' wasn't about discrimination

In response to the editorial from Washington Post reprinted in The Sun on Dec. 28: It states that repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy "ends a long and sorry history of discrimination against gays and lesbians in the military."

First of all, "don't ask, don't tell" was put into place by liberal president, Bill Clinton.

Second, when does what someone does in the privacy of their home or bedroom become a civil rights issue that is being jammed down the throats of the American people? Has anyone gone for a job interview and been asked about their sexual orientation?

One of the questions directed at the president (in regards to this subject) by the media was: What is next? Legalizing gay marriage?

Charles Risk,

Trenton

Yes we can stop government growth

The days which lie ahead are to be the most challenging our city has seen in some time.

The federal government is broke. We are borrowing 40 cents on every dollar we print, mostly from China.

Belt tightening is the order of the day in many cities. It is a must that we adopt a "yes we can" attitude when it comes to real cuts and the elimination of waste.

In order to grow our economy we must cease promoting an ever increasing, always expanding government.

Ramon Trujillo,

Gainesville

All we have to fear is fear of ourselves

Americans have been brought to their knees by fear. It's not al-Qaida but our own government and a lap dog media who are the terrorists.

The terrorism is unrelenting and encompasses phony alerts, flu scares and loss of health insurance. Beneath this umbrella of fear mongering our economy and environment were looted and wealth shifted upwards.

Reactionary fear-based patriotism took us to two fake wars and drowned out cooler heads as an attack on Iran is being plotted for a coming attraction. Many faced with fear just become downright ignorant as they lash out at the nearest mis-perceived threat.

Calls for the execution of WikiLeaks' head adds to the blackout of information and campaign of secrecy over the dastardly conduct of our beloved military.

Fear thrives on the unknown. Fear is the source of poor decision making. Fear sells. Fear controls. Fear is hell!

Randall Lance,

Wellborn

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