Letters to the Editor - March 1, 2011


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.

It's not a ‘fee', it's another tax

The highest single property tax in Gainesville history was passed in 2010 when all homeowners and businesses were charged a fire assessment fee.

On paper it may be a fee, but in reality it is a burdensome tax. The tax increase for all property owners was more than 40 percent on average.

The Gainesville property owners want this fee (tax) repealed, changes in how Gainesville and GRU spend tax dollars, and transparent decision making by city government. Property owners will not rest until these concerns are addressed and resolved to their satisfaction.

Matt Coleman,

Gainesville

When an ‘accident' has deadly results

I lost my daughter to someone who ran a red light. The thought of cameras watching our every move does not appeal to me, but I believe it is too late to preserve that privacy with the technologies being used today.

Instead of adding more "eyes on us," I would prefer that the laws be changed to assist the families who lose a loved one because of careless drivers. It is very difficult to have someone charged with vehicular homicide.

Yes, it may have been "an accident," but it can result in death and the altered lives of many people. Is a ticket for running a red light a just punishment? Not according to a mother who lost her beautiful daughter.

Deborah Beitrusten,

Gainesville

It's not a ‘miracle' it's just hard work

I congratulate Manny Hernandez Jr., his devoted parents, and the skillful and dedicated staff at Shands Rehab for Manny's remarkable recovery ("Manny's miracle," Feb. 26).

I take issue, however, with describing his progress as a miracle. Recovering from a serious brain injury is difficult enough without adding the expectation that divine intervention is a prerequisite for success.

Thousands of people every year make comparable recoveries through hard work, determination and the unwavering support of family, friends and medical professionals. Having good health insurance also helps.

For those just starting their recovery, it's essential to know that countless survivors of serious brain trauma live full, happy and productive lives despite the inevitable permanent impairment caused by their injury.

Garry Prowe,

Author

"Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury: A Family Guidebook"

Gainesville

Climate change is really junk science

The reason no climate change legislation is being funded is because it is junk science.

One of the left's icons, Jesse Ventura, already debunked climate change as a fraud to both gain political power and reap windfall profits (carbon credits).

Al Gore is a true capitalist (daddy taught him well), masquerading as a global avenger. You people really need to do your own research. That 1 percent gain in our global temperature? Wiped out in ‘08 by massive cold.

Check out the "South Park" episode on global warming. Hilarious.

Kris Mann,

Hawthorne

UF salaries show priorities are wrong

Saturday's front page Sun article stated that the salary of the assistant football coach as nearly $800,000. The article listed some related salaries, such as the head football coach.

Previously, another Sun article announced UF President Bernie Machen's intent to raise tuition by 30 percent. Where are our priorities?

The football staff at UF are state workers. Why do we threaten the jobs of real teachers? The priority of the school is to prepare students for professions.

If the sports department wants to pay like a professional league it should split from the university and try to make it without taxpayer and student subsidies.

Tom Brown,

Gainesville

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