Letters to the Editor for Jan. 23, 2012
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 9:20 p.m.
More terrific news that another tax-and-spend liberal county commissioner, County Commissioner Paula DeLaney, is bailing out and will not seek re-election; knowing she would be defeated.
The taxpayers of Alachua County now have a once-in-a-decade chance to make a real change away from the never ending handouts, giveaways and socialist programs; with the highest taxes in the state as the result.
We now will have the opportunity to elect three conservative commissioners in November and turn this county around.
Also, please do not listen to the annoying drone of The Gainesville Sun, which keeps reporting that a sales tax referendum is imminent. We do not want or need any new sales taxes, we need out commissioners to balance the budget and provide the essential services we already pay for with our sky-high property taxes.
Vote biomass out
Families, environmentalists and local businesses are finally waking up to oppose the GRU-GREC biomass plant and the bankrupting electric bill increase of $33 per month that could be inflicted on average users of 1,000 kwh.
Fortunately, the future biomass financial catastrophe is not a done deal. The city has a history of getting out of bad contracts and we must do it again by electing candidates who are best equipped to make it happen.
Real estate buyers and businesses will not want to settle in Gainesville to be stuck paying among the highest electric rates in Florida.
If jobs are important to Gainesville, we need to vote for candidates who support affordable energy options like natural gas and solar.
Not enough votes
Many candidates for City Commission claim they will stop the biomass plant; they neglect to mention that they will not have the votes.
They predict financial disaster and throw around large scary numbers out of context. In reality, the real financial disaster would be the costs incurred by an attempt to break the contract for a plant under construction.
In the last three years Gainesville has become known nationally as a leader in both energy conservation and renewable energy, yet some portray these efforts as inept and misguided.
Gainesville is one of a handful of cities to fulfill its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, and the only one to do so without the advantage of hydropower. I recommend the myth busters page at www.cleanenergygainesville.org for the facts.
The city's failure
The Sun's Jan. 15 editorial, “Opportunities,” elucidates upon the fact that financial investment from the private sector is crucial if there is to be any type of significant redevelopment on the east side of town.
One of the most important tasks of the Gainesville City Commission is to have a comprehensive understanding of land use, and to adopt and implement sound, sustainable land use policies that promote and ensure the economic health and vitality of all areas throughout the city. In my opinion, the commission's recent decision to change the zoning on the far west side of town to allow for a massive expansion of the Butler Plaza is utterly negligent in this responsibility.
This decision will undoubtedly lead to significant financial disinvestment and the further abandonment of properties along west 13th Street, the downtown area, and points east; areas of the city where reinvestment dollars are needed the most.
How to stop it
In response to Polly Pepper's letter on Jan. 14: We also were forever getting telemarketer calls. We found a sure way to stop them.
Before they could say a word, I would say “Praise God! I am so thankful you called. If you laid your head on your pillow tonight and didn't wake up tomorrow, would you be in heaven or hell?”
Believe it or not, we get no uninvited calls now.
I enjoyed reading the review of author John Eldredge's book “Beautiful Outlaw” (Religion, Jan. 14). The author finds in Jesus a combination of personality traits that depict “a complete and unique human being, such as playfulness and a sense of humor, cunning, humility, disruptive honesty and scandalous generosity.”
The similarity to the personality of Hindu deity Krishna is striking. He also describes Jesus as a juggernaut, a term derived from Jagannath, the Hindu god Vishnu whose avatar is Krishna.
Doris would be proud
On a recent Saturday in the gallery at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, the Foundation for the Promotion of Music held its second annual Musical Marathon.
The students of area private music teachers had gathered to perform — voice, violin, flute and piano — for parents and friends. The wonderful grand piano at the front of the gallery stood waiting for nimble fingers to fly over the keys. That piano, which had been lovingly played in the living room at Doris Bardon's home, was once again making beautiful music.
As the music flowed through the building, past the Teen Comic class working intently on their drawings and into the studios where one of the artists in residence was quietly painting, one had to feel that Doris Bardon's vision for a community cultural center had been realized.
Community Cultural Center
His name was Taz
To the person in the truck on 43rd Street near Publix at Hunter's Crossing at 5:57 p.m. on Jan. 14: His name was Taz, he was a beloved pet to three small children.
You started to stop, then felt that you were in too big a hurry and gunned your engine and ran over Taz. He was a beautiful big black and tan dog who deserved more than you gave him.
His name was Taz. Just thought you should know.