Letters to the Editor for Jan. 9, 2012

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:12 p.m.

Why Alachua County is truly for the birds

I loved the Jan. 3 article about the Alachua area being a birdwatcher's paradise. The piece however left out a very important reason why there is such great birding here: the people!

The birders in the Gainesville area are so generous with their time and expertise, graciously leading one bird field trip after another.

Many others also contribute their resources to help the community know and preserve birds, such as the owners of Birds Unlimited, the staff of our various parks and foundations, and the organizers of the first ever Florida Crane Festival here in Gainesville next weekend, Saturday the 14th.

These people's dedication, research abilities, advocacy efforts and education programs help us have a little piece of heaven here on Earth where all beings may flourish.

LoraKim Joyner,


A good time for a cervical cancer check

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. As the nation's leading women's health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood urges women to visit their providers to receive a preventive checkup that includes a cervical cancer screening.

According to the American Cancer Society every year, about 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 American women die of the disease.

Because they are less likely to have access to early screening and treatment, Latinas and African-American women are more likely to develop and die of cervical cancer.

The good news is that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers: When caught early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Regular cervical cancer screenings and preventive care such as the HPV vaccine are the keys to combating cervical cancer.

Sue Littell, Christina Hance Dorsett,

Planned Parenthood

of North Florida


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