Letters to the Editor for Jan. 10, 2012
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.
When Gainesville is colder than Moscow
The Sun reported record Gainesville low temperatures for January 4 and 5. Amazingly, those lows were 14 or 15 degrees below the 34 and 35 degrees F lows recorded those same days in Moscow, Russia!
Where was old General Winter? I was among the GIs in WWII applauding news of Russian sub-zero cold mauling the invading German army.
This year's crazy difference between Gainesville and Moscow is one example of unpredictable global weather extremes. Virtually all scientists agree that wild, often lethal weather will worsen as we keep turning up nature's thermostat with greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet Congress and our Legislature avoid mandating emission cuts. In the words of an old song: "When will they ever learn?"
Lee Bidgood, Jr.,
Editorial doesn't tell the whole story
In response to the New York Times editorial reprinted in The Sun on Jan. 6 about H.R.822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act: There is a trend among the media to use their First Amendment rights to spread non-truths concerning Second Amendment rights.
The author of the editorial either did not care to check facts concerning H.R.822, or is blatantly just set on spreading misinformation. It states that the bill would allow individuals from other states that have concealed weapons permits with no age requirements into states such as New York and New Jersey that have the age requirement of 21 to get a permit. It made no note that the federal government requires the age to be 21, no matter what state you live in.
Lawful concealed carry permit holders are not the problem, criminals are. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
Michael R. Smith
Deepwater drilling in remote places unsafe
Deepwater drilling for oil is risky, and it is being expanded in America and abroad. No bodies of water seem off limits when it comes to drilling for oil.
Oil companies seek to exploit drilling opportunities in the Arctic Ocean. Russia's floating nuclear power plants are intended for remote places, particularly Arctic Ocean regions now under consideration for oil exploration.
However, there are significant inherent risks with these plants, including threat of thermal pollution. As noted in a globalgreen publication, heat generated by floating nuclear plants will create a "natural catastrophe": (http://www.globalgreen.org/docs/publication-166-1.pdf).
There is no getting around it: oil is a world addiction that isn't sustainable. Hopefully, commercial and home (solar) recharging stations will become the standard for "fueling" the electric cars that will eventually dominate the auto market.
High utility bills, high property taxes
Since the Gainesville City Commission decided to build the biomass power plant and pass the cost down to its customers, with the blessings of our County Commission to go along with their tax increase, here is what we get from our representation:
As a GRU customer we pay the highest KW rate in the state for power, plus an additional 25 percent for non-city residents on the GRU power grid.
With the highest property taxes and utility costs in the state, (only to increase significantly in the near future), this is how our commissions ensure stagnant growth for the Gainesville community.
Glad for GOP dog and pony show
I have been increasingly heartened by the ongoing Republican dog and pony show. While a minority of Republicans supports the tea party agenda, would-be presidential candidates are tripping over each other to appease these extremists.
This ensures that their party's standard bearer will be too conservative for the electorate or too "liberal" to garner the support of the extreme right. Either way, it spells a re-election victory for President Obama. Let the show go on!
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