Letters to the Editor - Jan. 5, 2011


Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.

Sun editorial unfair to Rodney Long

The Sun's Jan. 2 editorial was perhaps the most destructive one I have ever seen in my nearly 50 years of living in Gainesville.

Rodney Long has been a community leader for decades. His small business has served clients in possibly their greatest hour of need, and he has had a long-term presence in a field where there are often many fly-by-night operations.

You have attempted to humiliate him over $17,000? A small businessman in this economic climate?

Credit card companies are notorious for finding any excuse to raise the rates to the 29.99 percent default rate, putting nearly anyone in financial jeopardy.

The effect of your editorial will be to discourage any but well-heeled, highly-salaried individuals from large organizations for stepping forward to serve as commissioners. When only the wealthy are government officials what sort of government will we have?

John Atkins,

Gainesville

The military has bigger problems

Some people think that gays in the military are the worst thing for our military, but there have been gays in the military for a long time.

People need to understand the military have a mission to perform; protect our country! When you join the military you are not white, black, yellow, red or any other race; you are Army green, Air Force blue and so on.

It doesn't matter what your orientation is, as long as, you follow the regulations that are set forth and do the job that has been assigned to you to the best of your ability.

There are worse things that our military has to deal with, like the young soldier who gave classified material to the WikiLeaks guy.

Michael Fortner,

Gainesville

My own hopes for Gov. Rick Scott

I am hoping that Gov. Rick Scott and his advisers have a broader agenda for Florida. I am hoping that a lot of their rhetoric is hype.

I am hoping that in requesting from business owners a list of regulations that interfere with their companies that there still will be a measure of restraint.

Florida's water stockpiles are shrinking. Surely a business plan that would need to extract water to create jobs would not be part of a regulation-free zone.

While it would be nice to help business succeed, it would also behoove us to know the true cost if it involves a business plan extracting and or destroying our natural resources.

Goldie Schwartz,

Archer

Why sell fireworks?

I am a bit puzzled as to why the tent vendors were issued peddlers' licenses to sell fireworks in Alachua County, considering that our county is under a "mandatory" burn ban, including fireworks, sparklers, etc.

Under these dry conditions, why were fireworks offered for sale in our community?

My neighborhood has woods within and behind our boundaries, and with the dryness from the drought and now the several days of freezes, it's a tinderbox just waiting for a spark. Seems that not selling fireworks of any sort would have been the sensible thing.

Patricia C. Sanders,

Gainesville

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