Letters to the editor for Jan. 14, 2012


Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:19 p.m.

Religion matters

In response to the Jan. 11 commentary by Ken Starr: “Don't judge candidates on their faith or lack of faith:”

Starr argues, erroneously, that a candidate can make rational decisions concerning we, the people, regardless of that candidate's religion. Starr is an avowed Christian. So, of course he can make such statements.

But if you are a person of faith and your faith tells you that certain habits/conditions of mankind are wrong or immoral — such as stem cell research, abortion, gay marriage, etc. — can you be objective in your decision-making process? Will you contradict your faith for the betterment of mankind?

If your faith intervenes in your decision, you are religious. If you go against your faith, you are a hypocrite. Only people who do not believe in the irrationality of religion can make rational decisions for the benefit of all mankind.

Marjorie Taylor,

Micanopy

I'm fed up with being put on hold

How many times have you telephoned a company and have gotten the following response?

“All of our representatives are assisting other customers. Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line (or please hold) and your call will be answered in the order it was received.”

And that message was followed by a long wait during which you had to listen to music you did not care for or were bombarded with ads telling about the services the company offered.

On many occasions when a live person finally answered, I have angrily informed them that I was very displeased with having to “hold” until they were ready to take my call. I have suggested that they, instead, record incoming calls, asking for the callers' names and phone numbers, and then return the calls as soon as possible.

Businesses should follow a more customer-friendly method of answering incoming calls.

Frederic Lussky

Gainesville

Sad, misguided ‘love'

In response to the Jan. 12 article “Woman wants to be Joran van der Sloot's guardian angel:” Of all the people in prison who are in need of help emotionally and monetarily, he is not one of them.

What a misguided, sad, pathetic individual Dr. Mary Hamer is. This guy has pleaded guilty to the murder of one woman and is a suspect in the disappearance of another. It's obvious to me that she is in it for the fame and exposure, just like all people who rise to the defense of mass murderers.

How can she profess to love him unconditionally and say there is a beautiful person inside? Yeah, I'm sure Charlie Manson had a beautiful person inside of him too; right up until he killed all those people!

Steven Bonett,

Gainesville

I'm tired of all these unwanted phone calls

The problem of unwanted phone calls has reached epidemic proportions. Something has to be done about it!

I am speaking of the invasive home solicitation calls we receive from morning 'til lights out.

I'm truly sorry the economy has forced people into this line of work. A life of hang-ups can't be fun. Neither is breaking a neck while running from outside to answer the ring. Try leaving the shower dripping wet. Sick in bed and this is your wake-up call.

Help? There must be a solution. Don't call me; I'll call you.

Polly Pepper,

Gainesville

Kids don't know the value of work, money

While I side with Patsy Murray (Voice, Jan. 11) regarding raking leaves vs leaf blowers, she did miss on one point: It's also an opportunity for kids to earn money.

Kids don't rake leaves, mow grass or anything of the like to earn money anymore. Parents give them everything they want (i.e., cellphones, computers, iPads, etc.). Why would any kid want to work for their money?

I remember walking door-to-door in my neighborhood asking residents if I could cut their grass. I also worked part-time in Gainesville in 1974 at Publix, driving to and from Williston, to earn minimum wage. You think a kid would do that today?

Parents today don't teach their kids anything about the value of a dollar or how to honestly earn one. It's all about “gimmee, gimmee, gimmee,” and what I can get for free from the government.

John J. Kelly,

Williston

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