Letters to the Editor - Jan. 27, 2011


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.

Booster seat law will protect kids

It is time for Florida to pass a booster seat law to protect our children when they reach 4 years of age.

Spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, and death are more likely in auto accidents involving young children if parents do not use a booster seat. A seat belt is likely to lock across a young child's neck and abdomen, causing a broken neck, paralysis, and bleeding from major arteries in the neck and abdomen.

Florida will save money with a booster seat law, as children with serious injuries often require Medicaid coverage for their long-term medical care.

A seat belt is all that is required by Florida law when children reach 4 years of age. Unfortunately, a seat belt does not fit young children properly because of their small size.

Please call or write your state senator and state representative today and tell them it's time for Florida to pass a booster seat law.

Jose D. Jimenez, M.D.,

Board member

Florida Pediatric

Society

Wesley Chapel, Fl.

Stearns misleads on health care bill

U.S. Rep. Stearns' e-mail to constituents trumpeting his vote to repeal the health care reform law was misleading and promises to lower insurance costs without sacrifices by anyone.

He says the law is the largest tax increase ever, citing statistics from the conservatively-biased Heritage Foundation. He then cites only one provision that could increase costs; a small business paperwork requirement.

He criticizes the law's mandate that individuals get insurance, but ignores the fact that when uninsured people get sick their care is paid for through higher insurance rates for all of us who do have insurance.

He wants to continue costly Medicare Advantage plans that provide extra coverage for some Medicare beneficiaries beyond what the majority of seniors get under regular Medicare. How can he justify extra benefits for some and not all and how is he going to pay for it?

Ruth Reiser,

Gainesville

News media ignores March for Life

January 24 was the annual March for Life in Washington D.C., but you'd never have known it since the powers of the news and print media (including The Sun) apparently didn't find it newsworthy enough to mention.

The annual event memorializing the Supreme Court's infamous abortion decisions, Roe v. Wade and Wade & Doe v Bolton, which started in 1974 with 20,000 marchers, has grown to now over 200,000.

These marchers serve as the basis for pro-life moral and legal theory that the American people can overturn Roe v. Wade. It is our duty to provide protection for each member of society. The media has no right to silence the cry of the innocent.

Jamie Downing,

Gainesville

Gainesville is faring better than most

I fail to see where Rob Zeller (Voice, 1-20) gets his pessimistic view of Gainesville's fiscal situation.

Gainesville currently has the lowest local taxes of any municipality in Alachua County, the lowest unemployment in the state, and the ninth lowest sales tax rate of Florida's 67 counties.

Gainesville is faring better than other areas thanks to collaborative efforts of the business community, the city and UF. Capitalizing on our strengths is key to emerging from this recession stronger. This is happening with new projects like Innovation Square, the Cade Museum and Florida's Eden.

Gainesville is rated the best place to live in Florida by the 2010 Milken Institute's Best Performing Cities Index (which rates cities on how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth).

Such accolades recognize the positive direction Gainesville is taking.

Susan Bottcher

Gainesville

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