Letters to the Editor for Jan. 11, 2012

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 11:09 p.m.

Accidents waiting to happen on 34th St.

The Sun's Jan. 9 article about the accident at 34th and University mentions “appropriate signage,” and that “most locals know which lane to be in.” I drive on 34th every Monday through Friday during afternoon commute time, and every day I witness drivers merging from the left lane at the last minute to go straight on 34th.

I've also witnessed many drivers in that left turn lane simply driving straight without even merging to the right before the intersection.

I also witness many drivers approaching the 34th and 16th intersection who drive on the wrong side of the road in order to make the left turn onto 16th.

I'm surprised there aren't more accidents at these intersections, and wonder why I never see GPD present to catch these violators.

The city of Gainesville could definitely reap the rewards from fine collections, and the streets would be a lot safer.

Maryann Davis,


Politics divide us

Regrettably, politics are dividing us. In reality it's just a matter of economic philosophy.

Fundamentally, Republicans believe that either government should stay out of their affairs and let them self-control their activities. Or, if there is government involvement, it should primarily be for the benefit of the business community, so that business will flourish, and potentially “trickle down” the profits to the working classes.

The Democrats, on the other hand, believe that if the working classes are primarily benefited by government policies, the working class will have more money to spend, purchasing goods and services from businesses, increasing demand, and directly benefiting the business community. In short, prosperity would flow from the bottom up, rather than the top down.

Which economic philosophy is better for our country as a whole?

S. Floyd,


Weary of soul-crushing noise

In response to Jim Stringfellow's Jan. 8 Speaking Out: All too often, when I finally get a moment to go outside and sit quietly in my garden, the hellish leaf blowers start up somewhere in my neighborhood.

I retreat behind closed doors and windows. The soul-crushing noise seems to last forever, and when the assault is over, I'm so annoyed I no longer want to sit outside and enjoy the quiet. Stringfellow stated many good reasons for using a rake instead of leaf blowers. Here's another reason: The exercise of raking leaves helps fight obesity, gives you fresh air (not possible with the dust and air pollution created by leaf blowers), and allows the bird songs to be heard. It's also an opportunity for kids to earn money.

Patsy Murray,


I will continue to use my leaf-blower

Since Jim Stringfellow (Speaking Out, Jan. 8) wants to return to the days of raking leaves by hand, I suggest he could do even better by returning to the horse and buggy, the manual typewriter, hand-run printing press, hand-spun yarn, walking or riding a bike to work, hand-nailing a roof, baking home-made bread, hand-milking a cow, hand-shearing sheep and hand-picking cotton.

I will continue to use my leaf-blower, as shortening my work time gives me additional free time which is worth a great more than the cost of a leaf-blower and its fuel.

As far as these blowers being a “major source of air pollution in this country,” someone is pulling the wool over his eyes. My blower may run 100 hours per season/year. Compare that to the number of running hours (and relative pollution) of our vehicles, or the 24/7 operation of smokestack industries per year.

Thomas R. Burnett,

Live Oak

Nonbelievers hope

Nonbelievers in religion can still have hope. We hope that, even though each opening session of the U.S. Senate begins with a prayer from the Senate Chaplain (who gets paid $150,000 from taxpayer money) decisions made by this august body will be rational and not merely support the positions of their respective faiths.

We hope the Shiites, Sunnis, Taliban, Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc., will find the one God they seek and stop killing one another.

We hope there will be no voucher programs in Florida whereby school children can use taxpayer money to attend religious schools.

Nonbelievers are the most politically defiled people in America, yet we neither create nor fight wars and kill people. I remain dumbstruck, but I have hope.

Jerry Jenkins,


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