Letters to the Editor for Jan. 13, 2012


Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:24 p.m.

Don't blame Social Security for the debt

Social Security came into being in August, 1935. It has been in operation for more than 76 years and it has proven to be a Godsend for all Americans.

The current crop of candidates for the presidency is clamoring for either immediate or delayed cuts in Social Security on the basis of the huge federal debt. Social Security is not the cause of the federal debt.

The federal debt is the result of the U.S. government's involvement in idiotic, uncalled for conflicts — Iraq and Afghanistan — and the exportation of jobs (and even industries) to other countries.

A vote for the current crop of candidates is a vote for the same old, same old and would be highly undesirable.

S.D. Saltzburg,

Gainesville

The riding mower is best for leaf removal

In response to Jim Stringfellow's Jan. 8 Speaking Out, “Don't blow it, rake it”: I am nearly 77 years old and I continue to rake my leaves. But there are many factors to consider.

Trees produce leaves and for so many of us provide beauty to our residential lots. Significant shade reduces our energy costs as well. But the bigger our lots are, the more trees we have, it seems that for many people, a leaf blower becomes necessary.

The riding lawn mower seems to be the most efficient leaf collector. I am told this mower takes both grass and leaves and shreds them so that you end up with fewer bags of lawn debris as opposed to hand-raking.

J.T. Frankenberger,

Gainesville

The Gator Nation is rooting for Tim Tebow

I just love Tim Tebow! He is a great example for the youth of our country to emulate, we old timers, too.

If he wants to pray now and then on the sidelines, so what? If that helps him use his many talents to the utmost of his ability, so be it.

However, does anyone think that the “Supreme Being” he prays to, real or mythical, cares one wit about who wins some sporting event somewhere? Get real.

Go Tim Tebow; the Gator Nation is rooting for you.

Paul A. Oliver,

Micanopy

Baird's reasoning doesn't hold water

On Jan 11, The Sun reported that County Commissioner Susan Baird does not support the airboat curfew, and “believes that the majority of the support for it came from voters who live miles from lakes and are not affected by it.”

She may be correct: many folks who aren't directly injured by airboat noise are willing to help those who directly suffer. This is what democracy is about.

Her reason for denying the curfew would hold up only if she also believes that the majority of residents/voters who live within earshot of lakes are fighting to keep airboat noise alive. I doubt she'd go that far.

Come on, commissioner, help the folks trying to get a good night's sleep.

Mary Twitchell,

Gainesville

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