Letters to the Editor for Jan. 30, 2012
Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.
Concerned about the switch to CFL bulbs
In his Jan. 1 letter on the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs with CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, Joseph Sabatello expressed concerns about CFLs; such as color, temperatures, poor response to dimmer switches, mercury content and disposal of the bulbs.
CFLs have been touted to outlast the standard incandescent light bulbs and use far less electricity and heat emission. I have found that a number of my CFLs have had significantly shorter bulb life, particularly in fixtures that have limited heat dissipation, such as some ceiling light fixtures, floor lamps, and outlets that are frequently turned on and off.
I have had problems with bulbs not turning on for a long while, and then suddenly lighting or flickering and then stop lighting.
I am deeply concerned that with universal usage, replacement and inconvenience of disposal of used CFLs, people will improperly dump them in their garbage cans.
Howard K. Suzuki,
The struggle for equality isn't over
Having recently celebrated Dr. King's national holiday, nearly everyone would agree that great strides have been made in terms of anti-discrimination. However, the quest isn't yet over.
This is indicated by Countrywide Financial, now a subsidiary of Bank of America, agreeing to a settlement of $335 million dollars for discriminatory practices against African-American and Hispanic borrowers; by offering them higher risk loans as opposed to those offered to white borrowers with equal credit.
What makes this discriminatory practice particularly sad is that it wasn't aimed at those who, as a particular politician said, “should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.” No, it was fashioned to hurt those who are willing to work, yet gullible enough to believe that discrimination is completely over.
Dereck R. Jones,
Why aren't the jobs saved for Americans?
Unemployment is horrible, my kids can't get full-time work like so many other Americans. So why are illegal immigrants taking American jobs tolerated?
Apartment complexes in Gainesville regularly employ illegal immigrants to do jobs that could be done by American citizens. Local businesses and economy could seriously benefit. But a blind eye is turned.
When your son attends a trade school, because he likes to work with his hands, and then can't get work and yet you see self-professed illegal immigrants doing the work he was trained for, what will you do?
Speeding in school zones must stop
Several months ago The Sun ran an article on speeding in school zones. The article listed the fines that could be assessed to the motorist.
Obviously this makes no difference to some of us, as speeding still occurs in many school zones daily. Drivers are usually talking on the phone, texting, eating or reading. They seem oblivious to the speed limit.
Either money is not an object to these motorist, points on their driver's license just isn't important and killing or injuring a child doesn't matter to them. Take a visit to an emergency department and see what someone looks like who has been hit by an automobile.
Why is it so difficult to respect the school zones and protect the children who are our future?
It was an honor to have been considered
Now that the new school has been named Meadowbrook Elementary, I wish to thank many friends, my former J. J. Finley Elementary sixth-grade students and others for their thoughtful and kind letters, emails and telephone calls of support.
Although my name was not selected, I feel honored in being nominated and even considered for this distinction.
The service I have given and am still trying to give to the youth and senior citizens in the area has been fruitful and lasting.
My latest venture is my new book of poetry, “A Guide-Ways to Succeed,” edited and supported by a local steering Children's Committee to Rescue and Keep Youth from Crime. This guide, if placed in the schools and colleges, can have an impact in promoting good and outstanding future citizens.
This book of character building poetry could be more lasting than having a school bear my name.
It's time for Obama to stop making excuses
In response to the Jan. 22 letter by Richard Shewmaker: When will supporters of Obama start blaming him for “sinking the ship” and stop with the “he inherited” rhetoric?
Obama has been in office three years. When he was elected, the House, Senate and the White House were all Democrat. He could have “saved the ship,” but chose to go on a spending spree that still hasn't stopped.
Remember, during Bush's last two years in office he had a majority controlled Democratic Congress, and you can't help but wonder why we had the economic collapse.