Letters to the Editor for Jan. 29, 2011


Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.

Hey, what happened to my tax cut?

I'm retired and my pension is my sole income. According to several web sites, my income level would be considered lower middle class.

Today I received my benefit statement for my first 2011 pension check. My income tax withholding has gone up 16 percent and I'll be contributing $790.80 more this year than last for the pork barrel politicians in Washington to blow.

Being confused, I researched many articles regarding the Bush-era tax cuts being renewed in December and found there is a major disconnect between what the politicians said regarding taxes and the tax fact as it appears on my benefit statement.

If everyone has their taxes raised 16 percent this year, the deficit should be reduced or we will be seeing earmarks that will make past Congressional spending seem like thrift.

Jack Schenck,

Lake Butler

Please don't allow guns on campus

Just because we have the right to bear arms, does not necessarily mean that we should carry on a college campus.

We can't even ensure that the state has the money to follow through with detailed background checks. Already we have people legitimately receiving concealed weapons permits, including felons from other states and those with mental health issues.

Some of our ill-informed citizen politicians are willing to revert back to territorial laws of the old west. The six-gun, everyone take the law into our own hands mentality did not work even back then!

Please do not give a legal reason for ill-trained people to carry weapons on campus. You might as well put a sign out saying it is “open season” on our campus!

Amy Cooper,

Melrose

It's not the drivers, it's the bad road

Kudos to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for initiating safety improvements to Archer Road. The stretch between Southwest 34th Street and I-75 has long been a hazard.

The FDOT study of 2003-2005 showed hundreds of collisions along this stretch and recommended the $800,000 road safety revision that is now under way.

I am disappointed in the Gainesville Police Department and the hearing officers of the Alachua County Court. This road is known for fender-benders. However, the police department continues to issue careless driver citations and hearing officers continue to uphold them.

They do not seem to accept what the FDOT has known since 2005: Low speed collisions along this stretch of road are due to poor road design, not careless driving. Citations don't reduce accidents when the traffic pattern is known to need safety improvement.

Daniel F. Pauly,

Gainesville

An assault on police, fire pensions begins

I am outraged that no one is speaking about House Bill 303 that the Republicans are trying to push through the Legislature.

It will cut police and fire pensions and raise the retirement age. With all the recent shootings of our officers, cutting their benefits is not the right thing to do.

There is so much government waste and so many pet programs that should be cut first, it is unbelievable to start with our police and firefighters. Just look at the county spending $100,000 on recycling and yet refusing to give the sheriff $500,000 to do her job.

Elliott Landsburg,

Gainesville

Tax subsidies vs. free enterprise

In response to Susan Bottcher's Jan. 27 letter: The projects she proudly touts are all government subsidized. Subsidies are paid by the taxpayer so a true business model cannot be produced. She obviously does not promote free enterprise.

Second, she mentions the low taxes enjoyed by Gainesville residents, cleverly omitting the usurious GRU rates (hidden taxes) that support one-third of the city's general fund.

Jeff Wolfe,

Alachua

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