Letters to the Editor - Jan. 19, 2011


Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.

Sheriff Dupnik's rant

Regarding the shooting spree in Tucson: Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik described the shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, as mentally unbalanced. The finger pointing started immediately.

The sheriff blamed the vitriol rhetoric that has consumed the country. The news media were quick to jump on the bandwagon, without any solid evidence; blaming Fox News, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly, Sara Palin and all who disagree with the way this country is headed.

Loughner's mental state was apparently well known by his parents, school officials, the military, his classmates and others. The sheriff should have known what a danger this guy, who lived in his jurisdiction, was and acted accordingly. This should have never happened.

No sane person is out to kill anyone, but the citizens of this country will change the way Washington operates. We will do it at the voting booth.

Eugene C. Reiger,

Gainesville

Suing the taxpayers

Now the School Board attorney wants to sue the city and their attorneys. Why not? That will enrich both teams of lawyers.

The only thing wrong in that equation is that we, the city and county taxpayers, will be footing the bill for both sides. I think it would be a better solution to let common sense prevail by quiet diplomacy.

If all else fails, there are plenty of retired judges that would be willing to arbitrate the case. If the elected officials want to sue, let them pay with their own salaries and see where the so-called litigation goes!

Over-taxed residents are watching!

Phil Emmer,

Gainesville

Thanks, Mr. President

Eileen M. Maren ("Obama's pep rally" Jan. 17), wrote to condemn the "blame game." Yet she blamed Obama for "turning a memorial service into a pep rally..."

The truth is our president calmed the raucous crowd and restored dignity to the service. Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Sen. John McCain, for recognizing a job well done.

Susie Baxter,

Gainesville

Let the cyclists pay for their fair share

We have a bicycle friendly community that has narrowed streets and given cyclist a safe place to ride. Cyclists share the road but they don't share the expense.

I'm tired of reading all the complaints by drivers about bike riders on the streets and the rights of the streets proclaimed by the cyclists. It's time to start licensing the bikes that share the road. It's time for cyclist to have insurance, when they damage my property.

If you want to share the road, share the expense.

Terry Martin-Back,

Gainesville

Leave us alone

Writers like Zia Terhune and Jared Misner want to control the masses! Deciding what we can eat on Monday is just another small way of control.

If the save-the-planet types don't want to eat meat on Monday they don't have to. Leave the rest of us alone.

Remember prayer in school? Remember one nation under God? Wake up people!

James Mercer,

Hawthorne

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