Letters to the Editor for Jan. 27, 2012


Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 2:33 p.m.

It's time for us to take voting seriously

All I hear now is that Congress/Republicans/Democrats are the problem. Locally, the mayor and city-county commissioners have their own agendas.

We do not take voting seriously and have lost the spirit. Bottom line: We have become lazy!

Locally, we see no new job growth, increased taxes and spending on things the majority of citizens don't use: the jail, land conservation, parks, etc. But the last time I looked, everyone uses the roads. Somehow, what we use most is taken care of least!

Go online to the Supervisor of Elections Office and pull up election turnouts. It's disappointing. Most turnouts are under 30 percent, and some under 20 percent!

So quit blaming the politicians if you don't vote. You think they have the power? No, we do!

We can vote them out. You are more powerful than you think, my friends!

Ralph Kubicsek,

Gainesville

Why the silence on long-term care?

Why aren't the candidates talking about long-term care? Right now I would not be able to afford it, and am living at home. But I am 77 and don't know how much longer I will be able to take care of myself.

I have looked into long-term care and there is no way I can afford it without some help. So please think about us seniors for a while and stop trying to mess with our Social Security and other help.

I worked all my life and paid into Social Security since I was 16, so help us out and make it more affordable to get help when we really need it.

Jean Halpern,

Gainesville

Where are all of the GOP statesmen?

I try to watch the Republican debates and end up wondering, whatever happened to our statesmen? Have they all been replaced by a new generation of carpetbaggers? I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

This can't be real. I finally decide I'm watching "Saturday Night Live" and switch channels.

Now, as we approach the primaries, I read that our own state lawmakers, led by state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, are trying to legalize secret privatization of state systems before having public input. Scoundrels!

The "trickle down" rationalization started more than three decades ago, and the gap between the workers and the "One Percenters" has only widened. Are there no honest politicians anywhere?

Asa Godbey,

Gainesville

Yes, by now it is Obama's sinking ship

I totally agree with the Jan. 18 political cartoon depicting President Barack Obama as captain of a sinking ship. This country is going under.

It's true that he inherited a mess, but he has tripled it. If Obama has four more years, I don't know if this country can be saved. We are so much in debt that I don't know what it will take.

I do know that we can't keep spending. Everyone is going to have to sacrifice some to make this country great again.

The president wants us dependent on government. If You don't vote, you don't have the right to complain. This is the most important election of our lives if we want to see the United States of America great again.

Wanda Hunter,

Gainesville

The truth is that Obama has failed us

Our country deserves to hear the truth, a truth not filtered through a politically correct leftist media only to push their ideology.

Unfortunately, the truth behind President Barack Obama was never vetted by the media, but exposed by Obama himself, when he said he wanted to spread the wealth; a saying similar to a far-left-wing manifesto.

Obama had the opportunity to bridge and unite America; instead he has done the opposite, making him one of our worst presidents. He could have been one of the greatest.

John Poser,

Tioga

The cure isn't worse than the disease

The headline in The Sun's Jan. 21 story asked. "Is the cure (Methadone) worse than the disease (drug addiction)? The answer is an emphatic no!

Methadone treatment has helped thousands of people lead productive lives and function as responsible members of their families. In addition, it frees addicts from the compulsion to commit crimes to pay for expensive, illegal drugs.

We must not forget that addicts are sick people who are suffering. They need help, medication and support. Putting them in jail is not treatment.

Samuel I Greenberg, M.D.,

Gainesville

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