Letters to the Editor for Feb. 1, 2012
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
Many thanks for a tough job well done
All Gainesville should be proud and thankful that we had a catastrophe plan to deal with the I-75 tragedy. It was implemented in a timely manner by well trained and dedicated professionals.
EMS, Shands and North Florida Regional, the sheriff's department, Gainesville police, nurses, doctors, and every other person involved deserves a job well done. You are the best of the best.
An eye-opening experience on Main
Recently I spent two hours on Main Street waving signs for candidates. I learned many things.
1. After 3 years, Main Street is still not finished.
2. The bump-out corners make turning the corners very difficult, even for cars. For tractor trailers, forget it!
3. Oversized vehicles have a very difficult time and usually run over the curb.
4. The much touted RTS buses cannot help but run over the curbing on every rounding
I predict that the corner curbing will not last unbroken for one year.
Do not let these people redesign any other street in Gainesville until they learn how much room cars and othersized vehicles need to travel these city streets.
The old Main Street was full of pot holes and broken pavement, but at least we could navigate it!
Voting experience did not build confidence
Looks like Precinct 37 could use a little supervision and training.
Eight minutes late in opening. Trying to turn away a voter with a voter registration card until she insisted and had to point to the precinct number on her card. Forced into a line by party so that every voter had to declare their party affiliation to all other attendees. Double ballot handed out. No "I voted" sticker offered.
Not a confidence building experience.
Insurance switch won't save money
The communication from UF/Shands regarding changing its health insurance program from the State of Florida Employee Group included some misleading information.
It was stated that UF/Shands could save money by self-insuring and not paying insurance company premiums. The state plan is self-insured and includes over 100,000 employees, so it has greater purchasing power.
The state holds the plan reserves and assumes the gains and losses. They contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield to administer claims and to access its worldwide network of health care providers at significant negotiated savings.
The UF/Shands plan would include a higher level of benefits only if you used Shands facilities and providers.
From an actuarial and provider access standpoint it would not produce a more favorable outcome for UF/Shands to withdraw from the state health plan.
The questions that Oelrich didn't answer
The Jan. 29 Talking Back by state Sen. Steve Oelrich regarding his sponsorship of a bill to eviscerate Alachua County's citizen-passed airboat curfew ordinance is long on platitudes and totally devoid of any discussion of the bill's specifics.
They are as follows:
The criteria for measuring an airboat's noise level to make sure it is less than the bill's proposed 107dB maximum will permit noise levels that are twice those of noise ordinances established by most local governments in Florida.
This bill would regulate airboats only. No other noise generating vehicles or machinery will be exempted from local ordinances.
Why is Oelrich trying to nullify an ordinance overwhelmingly supported by his constituents if not in service to the airboat lobby? This is the question he needs to specifically address and he failed to do so.
Better not miss the Hipp experience
There are many great things about living in this town, but one of the very best and often overlooked is our outstanding Hippodrome State Theatre.
If you have never been, you are really missing out! For example, its current show, "Sirens," transports you to a Greek island with a lovely colorful set, magical lighting, creative staging, and four top-notch actors. You will leave the theatre smiling, with all the health benefits of a short Mediterranean cruise, not to mention the insights you gain from pondering the joys and complexities of human relationships.
Go buy some tickets and give yourself a real treat; the show ends next week!