Letters to the Editor for June 1, 2012


Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:46 p.m.

Killing creativity with culture of testing

As the author of two books on testing and evaluation, I read with enthusiasm and approval the May 29 Speaking Out by Dr. Carolyn Lawrence indicating we are over-testing. She is absolutely correct.

We are killing creativity in our children by testing too much and for the wrong reasons. As Lawrence, a well known published author, pointed out, the best teachers are constantly observing and evaluating their students (testing). They know when, why and how to intervene.

The testing companies love the millions of taxpayer dollars we are sending their way.

Parents, think of the time lost in cramming and taking the tests, not counting the excessive pressures being placed on your children.

Teachers, weep as you find yourselves forced to follow mandates by uninformed state legislators.

William D. Hedges,

Gainesville

We tried the stimulus thing, it doesn't work

D. Jack Elzinga's response to my May 21 letter regarding Keynesianism is less than convincing. He would have us believe that modest stimulus as preached by the professor would propel Europe out of its current stagnation.

Stimulus has been tried here in the U.S. and what exactly has it done for us to create private sector jobs, which are essential to economic growth?

We have been given the wonders of Solyndra, Evergreen, Beacon and other failed solar experiments; the bailout of the automobile unions while casting aside the bondholders (some retired) who had legal right to their claims even under bankruptcy; the canceling of the Keystone Pipeline; the largest increase of our national debt by any administration in one term, which will aid in the destruction of the dollar as the world's reserve currency; and a promise to increase taxes in order to provide for more stimulus.

R.B. Simpson,

Gainesville

Congrats for killing unneeded transit tax

Congratulations to County Commissioners Susan Baird, Winston Bradley and Lee Pinkinson for having the fortitude to retrack and cancel the transit tax issue and standing up to what it was for; road repairs only. They say that the city of Gainesville just wanted its cut for the vacant buses!

P.S.: I don't think the voters would have voted for it anyway!

Ralph Kubicsek,

Gainesville

Who has a well that runs 2,000 feet deep?

Real scientists will have to make specific scientific rebuttal to Ed de la Parte's contention (Speaking Out, May 20) that a permit to withdraw 13 million gallons a day for Adena Springs Ranch is not going to be a problem for Silver Springs watershed.

The “Don't worry there is plenty of water” argument made by de la Parte depends on accepting his definition of where our Floridan Aquifer is located. He states, “Rather, it is a massive layer of irregularly contoured limestone about 2,000 feet deep in this part of Florida.”

Everyone who has a well going to the depth of 2,000 feet, please raise your hand. Mine is at 120 feet.

Goldie Schwartz,

Archer

Why stop with love bugs and sturgeon?

It's great to see that at last Gainesville area folks are finally starting to think things through (Voice, May 15), but are we going far enough?

For instance, I fully agree that we should eliminate sturgeon and love bugs, but how about leaves?

People slip on wet leaves every year, plus they get all over our cars and sidewalks, not to mention our lawns. Why can't our Legislature make them illegal? About time they did something for us common folks.

And, I just learned that rust is caused by oxygen. Yep, billions of dollars of damage every year to all kinds of steel products by a gas that we can't even see. Away with it. The only good gas is an inert one!

And, don't get me started on dogs and cats.

Rob Roberts,

Gainesville

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