Letters to the editor for Jan. 22, 2012

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.

A reckless captain

I was in the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine, sailed deep sea for 41 years, and feel that the captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia handled his ship in a reckless manner. He demonstrated conduct unbecoming a captain when he left the ship while there still were passengers and crew members aboard.

The cruise company is responsible for not training the crew on how to handle a critical situation. Most seamen and sea captains, especially if they carry passengers, are highly trained, disciplined people.

It is possible by running the ship aground, after ripping the side of the ship, the captain hoped to keep her from sinking. When the ship rolled on her side it was a death roll. It is a miracle so many people survived.

Hats off to passengers, the Italian Coast Guard, police and firefighters. Shame on the cruise company and the captain.

Perry Ellis,


Hate isn't faith

I fear that Jerry Jenkins (Voice, Jan. 11) has forgotten history when he writes that nonbelievers “neither create nor fight wars and kill people.” A few examples:

Stalin, a fanatical atheist, was responsible for the deaths of as many mas 60 million people.

Hitler could use religious language when expedient. Hitler is quoted in Konrad Heiden's “A History of National Socialism” as saying, “We do not want any other god than Germany itself.”

Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge (Cambodia) banned religion. The victims of his genocidal and anti-religious reign of terror are estimated to be around 1.7 million.

“Blessed are the peacemakers,” Jesus said, “for they shall be called the children of God.” May all of us, believers and nonbelievers alike, be peacemakers for our troubled world.

Rose Hoover,


Ridiculous election

How much more ridiculous and yes, deleterious, can our presidential election campaigns become?

First, the huge sums collected mean whoever is elected has been bought and is in the pocket of certain vested interests.

Second, the campaigns go on so long that the nominees must be mentally and physically exhausted.

Third, they have demeaned one another so thoroughly in running that it is a wonder We the People could ever develop respect for the winner.

Why can't we take a leaf from nations as England where the time for running is limited and the candidates can't be bought?

William D. Hedges,


Unfair to Obama

The Jan. 18 political cartoon depicting President Barack Obama as captain of a sinking cruise ship is obscenely inaccurate and unfair.

Captain Obama did not sink the ship, he inherited command of a ship that was sunk by Captain George W. Bush and his Republican crew, and has since then been struggling to bail it out with the leaky bucket of the most uncooperative and obstructionist Congress in living memory.

The Republicans in Congress have essentially admitted that they don't care if the ship sinks with all of us citizen passengers, so long as Obama goes down with the ship.

Shame on The Gainesville Sun for abetting the Republican painting the president as the source of America's problems.

Richard Shewmaker,


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