Letters to the Editor - Jan. 21, 2011


Published: Friday, January 21, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.

GRU-School Board raising my taxes

Gainesville Regional Utilities, owned by the citizens of Gainesville, is in the process of terminating utility discounts to the Alachua County School Board, which is, of course, an entity owned by the citizens of Alachua County.

This will generate more revenue for GRU, and raise the overhead for the School Board. It is pretty clear how the School Board will come up with the money to pay for higher utility bills: Raised taxes.

It is truly unbelievable to me that those who manage our government still do not get it. Times are tough! Stop raising taxes!

Start doing a better job of spending your already bloated budgets!

And stop wasting our money on duplicate services and legal fees so our different departments can fight amongst themselves. Get serious about consolidating the city and county governments. We can no longer afford nor do we want both.

Jon Anderson,

Gainesville

Sun editorial unfair to GPD, Cpl. Durst

In response to The Sun's Jan. 15 editorial, "GPD's bad old days":

For the better part of 21 years I served as a member of the Gainesville Police Department. The standards these fine men and women are held to should bring nothing but pride to our community.

I have know Cpl. Tim Durst for many years and consider him one of my dearest friends. When this unfortunate incident took place, aside from the child and his family, I don't think anyone felt more remorse about what transpired than Tim.

For all the changes proclaimed in the editorial, GPD has maintained essentially the same command staff for the past 15 or so years. Leadership that has weathered the embarrassment brought upon the department by miscreant individuals the likes of which no respectable officer should condone.

To categorize Cpl. Durst with these individuals is an unjust comparison.

Mike Knezevich,

Alachua

Jail is too good for litterbugs

In her Jan. 17 letter E.K. Sommer writes "the people who throw trash out their windows are the ones who should be in jail." I disagree.

Three squares, a bed, TV, and heat/AC is too good for them. How about, instead of fines or jail, the county/state actually makes them get out there on the side of the roads and pick up the trash?

Imagine them in July, picking up trash, getting bit by bugs, sunburnt, poured on by our sudden thunderstorms, and being seen by their friends and neighbors. Think they'll be throwing any more garbage onto the roads?

Change the road signs to say "No fines for Littering: We'll make you pick it up for a week!"

John Kelly,

Williston

I want that zone of protection as well

In her column "Shooting Shows Need for Improved Gun Control", Bonnie Erbe reports that U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, is introducing legislation that would make it illegal to "knowingly carry a gun within 1,000 feet of the President, Vice-President, Members of Congress or judges of the Federal Judiciary."

I agree and would propose a amendment to that legislation: That my family and all of the people that I care about also be included! I would think that everyone one would like to be included.

George Smith,

Gainesville

Reasonable people don't shoot others

Heated political rhetoric, by all accounts, had little to do with the shooting in Arizona. The shooter, to use a simplistic term, was crazy. Crazy people do crazy things.

Normal, reasonable people engage in heated debate every day and they do not shoot or harm one another.

By blaming one political group, party or politician for the shooting all we do is extend the shelf life of political animosity and blame game. Make no mistake, the ongoing blame game is not a problem, it is the problem.

We are all responsible for our own actions, and the shooter and only the shooter is responsible for the killings in Arizona.

C.D. Evans,

Gainesville

Biomass will be good for Gainesville

Jim Stringfellow (Speaking Out, Jan. 3) fantasizes about rare earth elements like thorium bringing us "securely" into the 21st century. I have been witnessing in the opinion pages of The Sun some non-sustainable thinking like Stringfellow's.

Possibly the same folks who advocated for rails to trails over the years now bemoan the fact that we have to use trucks to deliver the biomass. The rails are gone to unused trails when we need them most!

But the land, thank God, will always be owned, in large part by private owners, who will find that there are many new biomass crops coming down the pike that can be converted via gasification into clean, productive, biofuels.

Tom Cunilio,

Gainesville

My tax dollars buying foreclosed homes?

As I read the Gainesville Sun article "County fixing up foreclosed homes," I shuddered in disbelief. Federal programs funded with tax dollars with catchy names like "Neighborhood Stabilization Program" and "Housing and Economic Recovery Act," seem to be pulled right out of the classic novel by Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged."

Here is another catchy phrase, written in the mid-1800s by an author named Frederic Bastiat. It is taken from his classic essay titled "The Law":

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."

I will wait for my rental income check to come from the federal government, since I am now in the real estate business.

Darrel Kirkland,

Gainesville

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