Letters to the editor for July 1, 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.

Bush's best deed

Prior to Thursday's landmark Supreme Court ruling affirming the Affordable Health Care Act, I considered there to be only one positive outcome of the eight-year Bush presidency: the extension of daylight savings time.

To this short list of President Bush's lasting accomplishments I now must add the appointment of Chief Justice John Roberts.

The stark contrast between Justice Roberts' measured and objective interpretation of the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act and that of the subjective views of the radical right — the latter being held principally out of an intolerance for equality — is both an ironic and wholly unanticipated outcome of President Bush's eight long years in office.

Rob Robins,


Let the city float its own rapid bus tax

Until May 22nd Gainesville city commissioners were content with 24 percent of the revenue from the upcoming sales tax referendum dedicated to funding city and county paving needs.

Then, Alachua County commissioners wisely nixed the parallel referendum dedicated for bus rapid transit due to its “vague wording.” Suddenly, city commissioners are crying foul and want their cut increased. Any doubt that this increase will somehow be usurped into the city's bus system instead of pavement?

Here's my compromise proposal. Since all the traffic bottlenecks are inside the Gainesville city limits and the city commissioners are so sure that bus system improvement is the solution, they should put their own bus referendum on the city ballot and let the people of Gainesville decide how they want their traffic fixed.

Ben Butler,


One inch of water is a lot of water

Ed de La Parte, attorney for the Adena Springs cattle ranch and abattoir proposal, indicated that water use by the project would lower the level of the Floridan aquifer at Silver Springs by one inch, which makes the impact of the withdrawal sound inconsequential (Speaking Out, May 20).

One must consider, however, that Florida rivers flow “downhill” along extremely shallow inclines, usually measurable as a very few inches per mile. Available hydrographs indicate that a one inch decrease in level at Silver Springs would translate into a decrease in flow of 6 to 8 million gallons per day — enough to keep the spring flowing for 45 minutes each day at current rates of discharge.

That's hardly an insignificant impact!

Robert E. Ulanowicz,


Stop wasting water to keep grass green

Ron Cunningham's June 25 blog about growing grass is a must read and wake-up call for all Floridians. He is so right that our lawns require immense amounts of water, spraying, fertilizing, and mowing.

Water is wasted, the pesticides and fertilizing are polluting, mowing wastes oil and most mowers seriously pollute the atmosphere.

As for me, I put in dwarf Mondo grass. Once established it requires no watering, no spraying, no fertilizing and no mowing!

Yes, it is labor intensive to establish, but after that sit back, relax, and know you are doing your part getting rid of the American lawn while still having an attractive yard.

William D. Hedges,


Where did that bullet come from anyway?

I couldn't help but smile when I read in the June 28 Sun that Charles Sweatt, police chief of Parker, Florida, was apparently struck by a stray bullet while watching the Miami Marlins play the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

“No one really knows where that bullet came from,” said St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt. “It was a falling bullet. That's what it looks like.”

The next line of the story is the cause of my smile: “Someone could have shot the bullet from miles away,” and there was speculation the bullet came from a shooting near Williams Park, about a mile from the park.

Tropicana Field is a closed park. A bullet fired in the direction of Tropicana FIeld would have hit the roof and more than likely would have just rolled around up there for a while.

Am I missing something here?

Marcus Moore,


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