Letters to the Editor for Sept. 27, 2012


Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 9:25 p.m.

Not all students are created equal

Thank goodness there are those out there in the corporate world who still believe in public education.

As an educator, I am grateful for AT&T's $300,000 investment in the effort to increase the graduation rate in three of our area high schools.

Since this money has already been allocated for counseling of students and their families, I suggest that if this kind of support comes to us in the future, we consider reinstating vocational classes that would benefit every student whether college bound or not.

Classes like cooking, sewing, auto mechanics and light carpentry are skills that are useful to everyone.

Not everyone is suited for a STEM job, and many of our young people have little interest in pursuing a college career.

We need to acknowledge that all students are not created with equal interests, skills and talents and do not all respond to a one-size-fits-all formula.

Marihelen Wheeler,

Gainesville

Misplaced pride and the county's road tax

After reading the articles, it's not clear how the Pride Days events cater to “all of Gainesville.”

Also, neither of The Sun's articles mentions whether any city funding is being used to support the events and activities. It's hard to believe that it's not.

This type of program is why getting support for Alachua County's proposed three-quarter-cent sales tax for roads is an uphill climb. How can Gainesville have the funds to celebrate the LGBT community but not to pave its roads?

Let's get our priorities straight. First, pave the roads using all existing revenue sources. Then, let's have a referendum for additional taxes to pay for this type of festivity.

T. L. Wittmer,

Gainesville

U.S. can't be goaded into another war

On Sept. 16 Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu appeared on a U.S. television news program and demanded that President Obama draw a “red line,” so that if Iran exceeds a certain level of uranium enrichment it will automatically trigger a U.S. military intervention to prevent Iran from having the capability to produce a nuclear weapon.

It is galling to see a foreign leader attempt to force our president to start a war, and especially infuriating to see this done as a political pressure tactic during a tense presidential campaign.

Such a war would be devastating to the U.S., and in any case would not prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon in the long term.

Setting automatic triggers for war is what caused World War I, and Obama is wise to insist on maintaining room to negotiate. Netanyahu should be told bluntly to stop meddling in American politics.

Elizabeth Stuhlberg,

Gainesville

It's the percentage, not the total amount

In response to David Gaisser's letter of Sept. 23: Romney's adjusted gross income for 2011 was $20,901,075, whereas President Obama's AGI was $789,674; so, of course, Romney paid far more in taxes than Obama.

More importantly, Romney's tax rate was only 15.4 percent, while Obama's tax rate was 20.5 percent.

John W. Stephenson,

Hawthorne

Mitt told the truth

The Mitt Romney video was right on. He told the truth. The liberals are trying to make a big deal out of it by saying he offended someone.

I'm sick and tired of the whining and bellyaching by people who think we owe our tax dollars to those who won't work but expect a check every month.

Do you, as a hard-working taxpayer, want to give your money away to those who don't deserve it?

If this country elects Barack Obama for the second time this country is in serious trouble.

Thomas D. Nettles,

Lake Butler

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