Letters to the Editor - Jan. 22, 2011
Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 5:17 p.m.
Consider a merger
We have lived within the city limits of Gainesville and outside the limits. We have always received excellent, professional help from both GPD and ACSO.
I believe it is past time to explore whether a merger of law enforcement agencies is in the best interest of the citizens of Alachua County, and that certainly includes the city of Gainesville.
In these tough economic times, and with ever improving technology, it should be at least considered by a fact-finding body not wedded to either department or either "side."
What I am most opposed to is a reluctance to explore the pros and cons of merger. The citizens don't want their own police force as much as everyone wants effective law enforcement, however that is best effected.
Rodney Long's debts
After reading "Police Beat" (Gainesville Sun 1-14) about the continuing lawsuit against Rodney Long, I am amazed at our collective ability to not see through one's character.
He is fighting a court judgment against unpaid credit card debt. His excuse: He provides more than one-half of the financial support for a dependent. So what?
When our children were living at home, we paid 100 percent of their financial support and didn't try to stiff an unpaid creditor.
The fact that Long is a county commissioner is even more troubling to me. Honesty is a virtue that must be paramount to holding any public office. If Long can't take care of his personal finances, how is he supposed to handle our tax dollars?
A pro-lawyer spin
In his Jan. 13 letter Bill Watson takes exception to Ron Cunningham's use of Shakespeare's famed quote, "First thing we do is kill all the lawyers," then tries to argue that Shakespeare really meant it to say that lawyers are the guardians of liberty and enemies of tyrants.
Leave it to a lawyer to try and put a pro-lawyer spin on the Bard's immortal words. Most lawyers primarily serve their own and their clients' interests, and if those interests happen to be the same as tyrants (and big corporations) then they will serve them accordingly.
Even assuming that lawyers are a good thing, too much of a good thing is not. After all, it is a peaceable country that has few laws and thus few lawyers.
R. Dean Heath,
A sin of omission
The Republican-controlled House read the "complete" Constitution on the first day of the new Congress. Unfortunately, they left out a few things, like the article counting non-whites (i.e. negro slaves) as 3/5 of a person and Native Americans as zero. And they left out articles that were stuck together in a binder.
Then they violated the Constitution by allowing two Republican members who took the oath of office in front of a TV to vote on two bills.
Next they began reneging on their promise to cut the deficit by $100 billion in the first year. That's less than 10 percent of the projected deficit.
Considering a surplus is necessary to cut the debt we're reminded of Sen. Marco Rubio's promise to reduce the national debt. Hey Marco, how's that debt reduction coming? Clock's ticking, less than 18 months now.
M. L. Stein,
Taxing all those freeloading cyclists
I'd like to further Terry Martin-Back's Jan. 19 letter saying that bicyclists must pay their fair share for the road.
These freeloaders, based on weight, place approximately 1/100,000 of the amount of damage to pavement that cars do. Therefore, should be required to buy a license assessed at 1/100,000 of the average auto tag fee.
Bicyclists selfishly use their own energy source to power their bikes. We can, however, tax their food based on the number of calories they burn and put a carbon tax on them for the carbon dioxide they exhale.
The final step to discourage bicyclists from using Gainesville roads is to charge for parking. Just because 100 bikes can be parked in 5 car spaces is no excuse.
I think that we can tax bicyclists into submission and keep our oil-based economy safe for future generations.
Just say no funding
Thank you, County Commissioner Susan Baird, for your opposition to CAPP funding. Non-profit organizations should never be supported by government, and during hard financial times it becomes impossible for businesses to support the necessary level of taxation.
Our County Commission is determined to crush all private enterprise. But it will not be comfortable when productive business no longer exists to provide the high standard of living to which the citizen has grown accustomed. Thank you, Commissioner Baird, for doing the job for which you were elected by the citizens of this county.
Gainesville Tea Party