Letters to the Editor for Jan. 7, 2012


Published: Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

No way to treat our former coach

I was so disappointed over Christmas to see a shirt at a local shop which read “Urban Liar.”

I developed a friendship with Urban Meyer through his involvement with his son's school. Urban assisted me in putting together the first ever tackle football team at St. Pat's.

Urban would often say to me that at the end of the day your faith is all that matters. I saw a side of him that I never would have, had I not gotten to know him on a personal level.

As a UF alum, I can't believe that a business would be so disingenuous as to put out that shirt. The man brought us two national championships, which in turn brought a lot of money through the sale of Gator gear.

It is embarrassing to me that we would treat any of our former coaches or players in this manner.

Mark Akerman,

Gainesville

Gators in trouble; we need Kerwin Bell

I have been a Gator fan for 63 years. We're in real trouble.

We need an offensive coordinator. As luck would have it, we have a coach at Jacksonville who happens to be a great Gator ... Kerwin Bell.

He was one of our greatest quarterbacks. He played in the National League, the Canadian Football League, coached high school football and is now head football coach at Jacksonville. This year his team led the nation in total offense.

The help we need is Kerwin Bell.

John Stetson,

Gainesville

Trail in bad shape? So are our roads

In response to The Sun's Dec. 28 article about the poor condition of the bike path from Gainesville to Hawthorne: Please be advised that our gas taxes were used for those bike paths.

I live in rural Alachua County and have to drive to work. Our roads have not been maintained properly for the last 30 years.

To the bike people: Try to ride the roads with bike paths in single file. I do respect your right to the roads.

Don Trainham,

Archer

Why the GOP silence on the two Bushes?

I have watched with great interest the debates of those Republicans who wish to be nominated for the presidency. When they talk of the good old days, they mention Eisenhower and Reagan, but they do not look back to the presidencies of either Bush.

Is this deliberate? Will they effuse over the economic and foreign policies of the man who was president before Obama? Have any of them praised the presidency of George Bush, and offered to return to his way?

Robert W. Bertcher,

Gainesville

It can happen here

Anyone who wishes to know what can happen to a cozy little government when it becomes entangled in long-term and widespread financial commitments might want to take a look at Michael Lewis' book “Boomerang,” paying special attention to the last chapter, wherein the plight of the city of Vallejo (Calif.) is discussed. Bear in mind: That story could unfold in our fair city.

N M Postlethwaite,

Gainesville

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