Letters to the Editor - Jan. 25, 2011


Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.

Responding to the mentally ill crucial

Dr. Samuel Greenberg (1/23/11) told us the truth about the dangers inherent in not tending to treatment of mentally ill persons in a timely and effective manner.

Recognizing and containing potential danger is very important. Remembering that mental illness is not (by itself) a capital offense, is important, too.

Thus, it was good to read last week that UPD, having learned a bit about that the hard way, would be helping other first responders to learn to more accurately assess and helpfully intervene to save lives in situations where mental illness plays a major role.

Learning from colleagues works very well when the protocols are grounded in solid knowledge and experience, and are endorsed by real clinical experts. It's a start.

Nina Postlethwaite,

Gainesville

We need more lanes, not more bike paths

Having read several "reports" of Multi-modal mitigation and the privatizing of county services, I feel that the county should listen to residents about the spending of tax monies!

To move the increase in traffic in southwest Alachua County caused by developments, we need a five-lane roadway and sidewalk/bike path built from Southwest 34th Street to Southwest 122nd Street and the completion of the five-lane roadway and sidewalk/bike path of Tower Road (Southwest 75th Street) from Southwest Eighth Avenue to Archer Road.

Bikes should not be in automotive traffic lanes, and traffic circles (roundabouts) should not be used.

Try asking the people who live in the area (I've been here since 1972).

Everett Scroggie, Jr.

Gainesville

Tea Party rhetoric is without a foundation

The mainstream of society might find it easier to support some of the tea partyer's positions, at least on fiscal matters, if their advocates were a bit less extreme in their pronouncements.

In his Jan. 22 letter supporting County Commissioner Susan Baird's opposition to public funding for non-profit organizations, Gainesville Tea Party Vice President Roderick Gonzalez strips himself of all credibility when he tosses in the absurd non sequitur that, "Our County Commission is determined to crush all private enterprise."

He offers no evidence to support this baseless accusation and leaves this reader dismissing his editorial as the irrational rant of yet another right wing fanatic.

Don Goodman,

Archer

Invest your values

As a society, we need to look at what we really value and how we use our money to uphold those values.

Do you question what you support when you invest? What is your motive when you invest?

Do you invest in products and services that support the health and well-being of the community, or do you invest simply to "fill your own pockets"?

Motives do matter, since society suffers greatly from ignorance and selfishness. Can you investigate before you invest so that you can honestly say that your values and investments are in alignment?

Jim Barrell,

Micanopy

Fewer guns will make Americans safer

Kudos to The Sun for reprinting Bob Herbert's column "Fewer guns may mean fewer homicides, suicides." An emphatic "will" should replace the word "may" in that title.

Don't believe me? Just look north to Canada where obtaining a handgun is next to impossible. Canada, with 10 percent of the U.S. population, has less than 1 percent of the shooting incidents.

John Gibson,

Alachua

Guns are an American right, not a privilege

There is a grievous case of false analogy in the letter in Jan. 20th's Sun "Why don't we treat guns like cars?" The author fails to realize that driving is a privilege but keeping arms is a right.

J. Leroy Tillman

Waldo

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