Letters to the Editor for Sept. 1, 2011
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:31 a.m.
County revenues up, road spending down
They say that beauty (or ugly) is in the eye of the beholder.
In the Aug. 28 edition of The Gainesville Sun, Commissioner Mike Byerly is quoted as saying that the recent numbers from the Office of Management and Budget that depict a 62 percent growth in revenue to the county commission disproves “allegations ... of reckless spending.”
The Public Works Long Range Plan 2000 to 2020, coinciding perfectly with Byerly's tenure, budgeted annual spending on road maintenance of approximately $12 million. And David Cerlanek, Alachua County roads engineer, stated at a commission meeting this spring that the annual spending has been about $5 million annually. That is a reduction of 58 percent.
Let's see, revenues up 62 percent and road maintenance spending below the Byerly-approved budget by 58 percent. Is that reckless spending or just fiscal judgment within the anticipated margin of error?
Let the readers be the beholders.
We'll get by with a little help from our friends ... right?
Fellow “east-coasters,” don't worry about the damage Irene caused you or your loved ones. Any day now, money, supplies, manpower and equipment will begin pouring into your states, cities, and neighborhoods to begin rebuilding your homes and lives.
FEMA? Well, yeah, they'll be there. I'm talking about the countries (our allies) who we've helped over the years during their disasters, and those we just send money to: Japan, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Germany, Italy, France, England ...
Yes, any day now, our “friends” will assess our needs and begin to assist us; just as we rush to assist them during trying times.
It's good to have friends.
Whatever happened to local control?
Marion Hammer's comment in The Sun that local government is the creation of state government, deserves one response from one united voice: Wrong, Marion.
Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe has it right: As much as possible, decisions on governance must be made locally. A fancy name for this is “subsidiarity;” a more common name is “democracy.”
I hunt and carry a gun when out in the woods looking for rabbit or turkey. In town, I generally use speech and actions, like smiles and handshakes, to communicate.
Hammer is a hired gun of a lobby that wishes to return us to the mentality which supports totalitarianism and fear, i.e, social Darwinism.
Stop whining and just thank gun carriers
Tom Bennington and Carol Marden (Voice, Aug. 30) both think that with the change in gun laws in Florida there will be gunfights in the streets and that we will return to the ways of the old west! Here are some questions for Tom and Carol:
How many gun crimes are committed by concealed permit holders? Was Arizona Rep. Giffords shot in a federal building?
It's time to stop whining and remember that it's not the legal gun carriers you need to worry about, it's those who are carrying illegally! They're the ones who are shooting members of Congress and pastors and cops and kids.
You should be thankful there those of us who carry legally and responsibly. And you'd be surprised just how many of us there are!
Crazy gun laws
Do I understand it correctly? The state prohibits all local gun regulations. That is: Gov. Rick Scott contends that Floridians can shoot at each other indiscriminately in their surroundings, but it is forbidden to shoot where he shows up at his office to help make those crazy laws.
Nader G. Vakili,
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.