Letters to the Editor for Jan. 25, 2012
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 7:59 p.m.
Rejecting the pipeline is an act of hypocrisy
Our president has once again shown his hypocrisy to the unemployed in our great country.
When he runs around the country giving speeches promoting the fact that he is refocusing on jobs, and then shuts down the Keystone pipeline project from Canada, he is once again showing us he cares more about appeasing the far left tree-huggers than the blue-collar workers.
This pipeline is the most in-depth studied pipeline in the history of our great country. Estimates are that it would have created 20,000 high-paying jobs to build. It was deemed to be the safest in the world.
Canada won't simply stop pumping the oil from Alberta because America has said they don't want it. They will simply sell it to China. Strategically, this puts America at risk.
This president continues to fail the people who gave him the job he wanted.
The airboat curfew should be overturned
County Commissioner Susan Baird hit the nail on the head when she stated that the majority of the support for the airboat curfew came from voters who live miles from the lakes and are not affected by it.
The law passed only because the citizens of Gainesville and urban fringe voters voted for it. The law overwhelmingly failed in the outer areas of the county, including where theses lakes are. The precincts were polled after the vote and this is a fact.
Most of these people do not even know where Orange Lake is, and certainly do not use these areas much.
The curfew is unenforceable. I still go to the lakes in my airboat at night, and will continue to do so, but I am courteous and respect others.
I believe state legislators will do the right thing and revoke the curfew.
Sweetheart deals happen here, too
If only this were true.
The Sun's Jan. 21 editorial, critiquing the Florida Legislature, stated that “If city ...commissioners tried to do the public's business in this manner — making sweetheart deals with vendors and then hiding the details, they would find themselves facing jail, and rightly so.”
Well, those bad things happened with the biomass contract.
Behind closed doors, the contract was fattened up to $3 billion. The term was extended from 20 to 30 years. The “exit clause” was secretly removed.
Then this disastrous contract was held secret from the public for years, until exposed through the efforts of citizens, not commissioners.
Yet, to date, our city commissioners have not been held accountable, let alone carted off to jail.
Using regulations to rob our freedoms
Our government, using EPA, DOT and other agencies (federal and local) to push excessive unnecessary government regulations, are slowly sapping our property rights.
If one can control food production (National Animal Identification System), health care (Obamacare), energy (keeping U.S. dependent on foreign energy), the financial system (Federal Reserve Bank) and education, one has gained nearly complete control of the country.
But, standing in the way of this takeover are individual freedom and free markets; both of which have private property rights as their cornerstone.
If the government has the power to dictate how we use our cash, cars or land then we are no longer free to act on our own judgment. We are no longer in control of our lives and able to pursue our happiness.
The time to fight for our freedom is before those freedoms are totally lost.
Maybe Gov. Scott can help Shands out
Dr. David Black's Jan. 22 Speaking Out about the $70 million state budget cut to Shands is right on and should make us all sit up and take notice.
Any chance Gov. Rick Scott will help cover the shortfall with the many millions of dollars his company made defrauding Medicare/Medicaid before he was elected?
Barbara Jean Raskin,
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