Letters to the Editor for Jan. 24, 2012


Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 7:38 p.m.

Partner with voters

The recent changes in voter registration brought comment from The Gainesville Sun. The observation was made that we put a bigger burden on the lower-income voter who my need to obtain identification. If that be true, why not remove all constraints and just let anyone vote without restriction? Would The Sun make a case that the voter participation might rise above 16 percent?

The problem is voter apathy. The Sun is more focused on class warfare than on becoming a partner with the voters to motivate a more responsible electorate. The first step is take responsibility for understanding your community, its issues, its priority trade-offs, its candidates and their positions.

If The Sun were a positive participant they might make some changes in voter apathy and maybe even sell more papers because they are adding some value to the community, as opposed to creating friction.

Rod Tuttle,

Gainesville

The air we breath

I am most concerned about not voting for someone for city commission who will support burning waste for power. The air quality in Gainesville is already about 3.5 out of 10 (where 10 is clear and 1 is “breathable”). This information is available for the last few years on “Gainesville, Florida-Air Quality.”

Many candidates, and the present members of the City Commission, seem to be concerned about economical sources of new power.

Of course, there are many issues to be examined with regard to the biomass contract: how it was formulated, with whom it was made and how it was approved in the “twilight” of public opinion. However, we lose some children and elderly to respiratory diseases due to bad air quality every year. This should be a concern as well.

Joseph F. Gennaro Jr.,

Gainesville

Reprehensible satire

I have worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs for 28 years, so I find I must take exception to the strip Doonesbury in the comics section. I find its attempts to often seek humor involving stammering, shell-shocked soldiers reprehensible.

Having seen this vile, left-wing propaganda piece in other newspapers on their editorial page, I suggest The Sun, Halifax Media Group and Garry Trudeau should take journalism lessons from 50 years of Beetle Bailey or Bob Hope on how to present inoffensive military and political satire.

Ben Butler,

Alachua

The best incentive

Last Tuesday night the School Board agenda had an item restricting teachers from providing candy as an incentive in their classroom.

While most can understand the health benefits of this action, my frustration lies more with the fact that the School Board continues to micromanage; now all the way down to telling teachers what is an acceptable form of incentive to their students.

I wonder if the board, or the teachers who offer such incentives, know what the greatest reward to their students should be: Their education.

It is quite possible that living in the times of FCAT and teaching to the test, that may no longer be the case.

There needs to be a movement away from the “what's in it for me” mentality and more toward employing teachers who can provide the education necessary to their students without any added incentives.

Cory Stephens,

Gainesville

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