Letters to the Editor for Sept. 1, 2012
Published: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.
Pop quiz time
It is time for the Annual Motorist Review. School is back in session, so just a test to be sure we all are being alert.
First, spelling: “Stop” means to cease moving. “Roll” is not the same word as “Stop.”
Now for the math: 15 mph does not mean 20, 25, 30 or more mph.
This seems clear enough, but it appears that many motorist cannot spell or read numbers.
And some have trouble with sunshine and rain: Rain does not mean go faster, but slower!
This town isn't just for the partiers
I read the story that Gainesville is the number 5, or whatever, “College Party Town,” but I did not see reportage in the Sun about the article in the current issue of the AARP Magazine rating Gainesville in the top five “Best Places to Live on $100 A Day: These Cities Offer All the Ingredients for a Rich Retirement — at a Fraction of the Cost.”
Who would benefit from Romney's cuts?
Romney's administration would extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Question: Who would most benefit from this tax cut?
The working man who struggles from pay-check to pay-check?
The middle class, which has problems meeting the mortgage on the house and paying the college tuition for the kids?
The retired couple living on a fixed income, having lost most of their savings in the market meltdown?
Or the Romneys, with their millions of dollars annual income, already paying less taxes than the working man?
Why should they invest their tax cuts in risky ventures creating jobs, when they can get top dollar for cash deposits in foreign bank accounts? This “trickle down” plan did not work for Reagan and will not work now.
We need our guns to defend ourselves
In response to Dave Grundy's Tuesday letter: I firmly believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. I firmly believe that every sane, honest and trusted responsible citizen has the right to be able to protect themselves, loved ones and complete innocent strangers from vicious crimes.
I don't think that legally armed, trained, rational citizens kill anywhere near the number of people killed in accidents caused by DUI drivers, people texting and driving or driving under the influence of legally prescribed meds.
I agree that there should be a better screening process in place to check everyone's background before they are allowed to purchase hand guns. But always remember this: Criminals will get the guns that they want!
Do not take guns away from legally armed and trained citizens like myself.
The mention of the Christian right strikes fear in the hearts of many today. I'm here to say “fear not.”
I've attended a variety of churches of late and reviewed their bulletins. I am amazed at the words missing in action, such as “reprobates, sin, abominations, hell, brimstone, damnation, repentance, salvation and transformation.” Nothing that should cause anyone any emotional discomfort.
Instead, I find an event calendar and wannabe rock stars up front belting out lyrics visible on an overhead projector to an out-of-rhythm aging and pasty-looking, swaying congregation.
The jam session is eventually interrupted by a life coach/motivational speaker instead of a Bible-grounded preacher. Giving a five minute message void of judgmental words, he/she, in one fell swoop, puts God in the category between Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Fear not.
Here's why we need the extra days
James Kohl (Voice, Aug. 25)asks “Why do we need 12 days of early voting?” How about to give all eligible and responsible voters every opportunity to cast their vote for their candidates.
Many working citizens do not have the luxury of taking off of work to vote on Nov. 6th, Election Day. Why just 8 early days? Why not 12 or 14, or on the weekends as well?
This is not corruption or illegal tactics. Quite the opposite. More early days would be democracy at best; the exact reason why the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed, to regulate against states and parties that would use devices to limit participation of segments of voters like minorities and the poor.
Actually, the tactics used by some governors to limit certain groups to vote smacks of corruption, I would say!
Blame the tax code, not Mitt Romney
In response to P. Denton's letter of Aug. 25: The money paid by you for taxes not only supports the government and it's employees, but also welfare, subsidized housing, food stamps etc.
Also, many rich guys in the government, Hollywood and in other professions, whether they be Democrats or Republicans, also pay lower taxes than you do.
I would blame this on the 80,000-page tax code and the current IRS structure, not on Mitt Romney.
If you really want to help make a difference, and get rid of the current tax code, look into supporting the Fair Tax, Herman Cain's 9-9-9 or some other form of flat tax proposal.
Big government isn't the real problem
When people talk about the problem of big government what they are really referring to is that they believe someone else is getting more than their fare share and that their own interests are being ignored. With about 400 million of us in the U.S., government cannot be miniature and many people who are well off blame the poor for their own problems.
Government is not too big, it is the selfish interests within government with big money that give government a bad name, and they are the ones screaming the loudest to shout everyone else down and blockade cooperation in congress.
Democracy is a messy process.
How Penn State could compensate victims
In light of the sanctions that are bound to come from the violation of Title IX (“Another legal headache for Penn State: Title IX,” Thursday) and the Clery Act, Penn State should consider forfeiting, say, the $4.3 million it receives from the federal government for research and give it to the victims.
This way they might avoid the inevitable civil litigation against the university from the victims themselves and actually take responsibility for the egregious crimes committed on their campus by offering remuneration to the likely otherwise unable to compensate victims.
It seems the least they could do.