Letters to the Editor for Jan. 4, 2012


In this picture released by Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, a Ghader missile is launched at the shore of sea of Oman during Iran's navy drill.

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Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 2:42 p.m.

Israel isn't the root of Mideast problems

Regarding Randall Lance's Jan. 1 letter titled:" Not another war": Once again Israel is demonized as the root of all evil in the Middle East.

No American soldier has ever fought to defend Israel in any of its wars! Most of the foreign aid Israel receives from the U.S. for its defense is spent right back in the U.S. in purchases from our extensive defense industry, helping keep Americans employed.

Israel is "the canary in the mine." Iran is not just a threat to Israel but to us and all of modern, democratic, western civilization. Whatever happens to Israel will ultimately happen to us.

What happens to Washington, New York, and Miami if Iran loads nuclear weapons onto its submarines and scatters them across the Atlantic just like the German U-boats of the 1940s, which sank our ships off our very coast?

Hal Cohen,

High Springs

A silly question about food stamp recipients

Well, I am certainly glad that food stamp recipients will be able to get their account status on email and/or text message and voicemail on their computers and cell phones.

My question: If they have money for computers and cell phones, why do they need food stamps?

Oh! I know...so they can track their welfare accounts too! Silly me.

John J. Kelly,

Williston

Catholics don't have to pray to the pope

In response to the Jan. 2 New York Times article printed in The Sun titled "Catholic Church unveils home group for former Episcopalians in the U.S."

The writer, Erik Eckholm should be made aware that converts to the Catholic Church are not expected to "pray to the pope." In fact no Catholic is expected to pray to the pope.

As Catholics, we pray to God and God alone. We may ask for saints for intercession and look to the pope for spiritual guidance, but we do not pray to the pope.

Next time The Sun decides to print an article concerning any religious group, perhaps a member of that group should be allowed to read it over so their group is not misrepresented.

Scott Gulig,

Gainesville

Give Eileen Roy credit where credit's due

The Sun's Dec. 31 "Looking back" article incorrectly attributes the effort to hire an energy specialist for the school district to Superintendent Dan Boyd. This effort came from then-new School Board member Eileen Roy. Ironically, this push by Roy won her the ire of her colleagues on the board who proceeded to ignore her and deny her a leadership position.

The article points out that leadership positions have gone already to new members April Griffin and Carol Oyenarte in their first term on the board. Despite her obvious leadership ability, Roy is still ostracized by the other board members.

Dwight Adams,

Gainesville

No thanks for the noise, disturbances

Just want to thank all those who thought it was cool to set off fireworks to ring in the New Year.

We live out in the country, because we like the peace and quiet. We have animals that you are not allowed to have inside the city limits.

These animals are our livelihood. They are frightened of loud noises. They cannot be brought into the house to protect them from people who are scaring them while they are "celebrating."

They are also waking up neighbors who have to get up early 4 or 5 a.m. to go to work on New Years Day: Nurses, doctors, police, firefighters.

Thanks for being so inconsiderate.

Mary McElroy,

Micanopy

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