Letters to the Editor - Jan. 6, 2011
Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.
City is missing a golden opportunity
Please ask Dr. Thomas Young (Poor fiscal stewardship," Jan. 3) to follow up on his excellent Speaking Out about our city's finances, and report whether the city ever consistently achieved a 9.25 percent (or 8.5 percent) annual return on their investments as planned.
If they did then they are missing a golden opportunity to raise revenue by providing financial advice to retirees and other investors who have long sought such a return.
Hopefully, Dr. Young's clear and unsettling description of Gainesville's financial plight will cause more citizens to take an interest in what our politicians are doing.
What's the real deal about our gas prices?
I have seen numerous letters to the editor about the high gas prices in Gainesville.
Taxes are no different with neighboring counties, one company may own most of the service stations, distributors of gas in town may be the problem, city commission not helping by blocking Wal-Mart and Sams, etc.
What we need is for The Gainesville Sun to come to our rescue. We need a fledgling Woodward and Bernstein reporter to find a "deep throat" and get to the truth once and for all!
This could be the top consumer story of 2011!
So just how much is ‘that much'?
Every day the Democrats, Obama, the liberal media, or someone on this page touts class warfare as thinly disguised socialism because no one deserves or needs "that much."
So let's try to define "that much," shall we?
Maybe it's a chandelier? No one really needs one. They waste our electricity. Or, perhaps it's those home theater, big screen televisions? You can watch the same program on a 25-inch TV.
You got one of those huge, yellow SUV's? Maybe you should let the less fortunate drive it two days a week. Beach front home? No one but turtles should live on the beach.
And, how about those race horses down in Marion County? Those rich folks should turn them loose in Paynes Prairie. Maybe we can just play ball in all those former horse pastures.
Welcome back, Jake
I want to commend you on having the guts and integrity to bring back Jake Fuller to lend his insight and artistic talent to The Sun. It's about time the cold eye of publicity and satire was trained on some of the dismal clowns who sit on our city and county commissions.
If your parent company, The New York Times, had the gumption to stray occasionally from its liberal litany, its readership too would become better informed.
Sun's ‘agenda' relies on much government
Where in The Sun's Jan. 1 editorial, "Agenda for progress," is any mention of private sector jobs or economic development? Gainesville sorely needs more employment outside of the government, academia, media complex. People are hurting out here.