Letters to the Editor for Jan. 26, 2012
Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 10:20 p.m.
Don't be confused over who can vote
There seems to be some confusion over who can vote in the Jan. 31 election. Party affiliation matters in the presidential primary, which is for Republicans only this year.
However, all residents of the city of Gainesville, regardless of party, can vote for city commissioners. The at-large seat will be on the ballot for everyone who lives in the city limits, while residents of District 1 will additionally vote for a commissioner to represent their area.
League of Women Voters
of Alachua County/
Shameless Sun slights citizens
The Gainesville Sun's Jan. 22 editorial, "Voter Abuse" praises Gainesville city commissioners for exploring "of their own volition" the benefits of moving city elections to coincide with a more traditional election cycle.
Although it is true that the measure has taken strides in discussions, prompted by Commissioner Todd Chase, it cannot be ignored that the swell of support for this idea was borne and fostered by the citizens.
Similarly, on the county side, changes are being made to the structure, scheduling and notification of the informal meetings. The Sun might also argue that this issue was addressed by the board "of their own volition," were it not for the public outcry and call for change.
It is sad when our local media will mold its message, shamelessly, to support the political establishment rather than recognize that true change and transformation begins with the citizenry.
Thanks to Bottcher, I now understand
I have been trying to understand the delusional support of the biomass incinerator now that we know the details of the secret $3 billion contract. I would like to thank Commissioner Susan Bottcher for explaining it to me in her Jan. 23 Speaking Out.
She states that "The world is watching" progressive Gainesville and investors may not invest if we don't follow through on her "Collective vision" i.e: continue on our financially suicidal pursuit of non-fossil, renewable energy.
First please consider the fact that we will not need additional power capacity for another 11 years, and with a bit of conservation even longer. Second, what will be the financial impact if we allow it to be built? You will be paying at least 30 percent more than we do now.
Third, we are building an incinerator. Air quality anyone?
Here's why we need a new nuclear plant
A recent letter to the editor claims the rationale for the new Levy County Nuclear Power Plant is weak. One rational the writer did not consider is that the new plant will produce a whopping 50,000 megawatt-hours of carbon-free electricity per day.
It has the capacity to totally replace the CO2, soot, mercury and other polluting contaminates generated by GRU four times over.
What environmentalist opposes shutting down four large coal plants and eliminating our dependency on oil? Judging by the letters published here, just about all of them.
They prefer GRU's Feed-In-Tariff program that subsidizes the installation of 40 megawatts of solar panels over a 10-year period. Since panels don't work at night or when it is cloudy, the 40 MW system will average a mere 5 megawatt-hours per day. In the end, the program will not produce a meaningful reduction in carbon.
Blame economists, not the Congress
Arthur Laffer, Ronald Reagan's go-to economist in the '80s, was on the radio recently (NewsHour with Paul Solman) discussing the potential effects of raising the income tax rate on the wealthiest citizens. His final comment was that even if taxes were raised, "We don't know how the money will be spent."
Exactly. It's all about spending our hard-earned dollars. One reason Congress is in gridlock over spending is that our revered economists have collectively failed us by dropping the key element of any sound "human theory of economic behavior," final distribution, from their review.
Don't blame Congress for our economic malaise. Blame those classical and neoclassical economists like Adam Smith, Gary Becker and Steven Levitt who rammed down our throats their "economic theory of human behavior." It's only freakonomics.
There they go again
I read in The Sun that county commissioners are looking to approve a sales tax referendum to pay for transportation projects. Why is it the first place these elected commissioners look is to increase a tax to pay for items we can't afford?
Why don't they consider a simple rule; if we can't afford it, don't do it! I wonder how these same commissioners run their personal households? If they don't have the income to pay for a want, I wonder if they simply purchase it on credit?
It is time to make these people accountable for what they do in office. Watch how they vote. If they vote to increase taxes at a time when all of us payers are already stretched, let's just fire them.
The voting time will come soon enough and that's when we need to take action.
Security at SFC
I am glad Santa Fe College is making progress in strengthening its security team and tactics. I am angry that it has taken a severe situation to make the security guards at Santa Fe put their focus on actual security for the students, instead of worrying about parking tickets.
However, I am glad they are finally doing something to make students feel a little more comfortable. Being a student who takes classes at Santa Fe at night, I have witnessed first-hand that security was lacking. I do not feel comfortable walking to my vehicle alone.
Last week was the first time I saw a security car driving around when I got out of class. I hope they continue to improve their protection, so students feel at ease taking night classes.
It may surprise Ben Butler ("Reprehensible satire," 1/24) to know that Garry Trudeau is widely appreciated and respected by veterans and others for his insightful and accurate depiction of what some of our warriors of late have been through. Please look it up.
As for suggesting Beetle Bailey; really? The Miss Buxley character is an insult to all women and most men.
After intensely following the debate about those noisy leaf blowers, I feel there is only one solution: We have to get rid of all those trees.
Get back to work
Our president has found his voice. Great speech. Congratulations and let's go back to work building our nation!