Letters to the Editor for Sept. 28, 2012


NW 8th Avenue

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Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.

Are they serious?

Are our city commissioners serious about reducing Northwest Eighth Avenue to a two-lane street at the intersection of Northwest Eighth Avenue and Northwest 34th Street? That would be a disaster in the making.

My understanding is that, after all these years they have become concerned about speeders. There is a simple solution to the problem of speeders, and it would not cost millions of dollars in construction fees, consultant fees and create all the inconvenience to our citizens that use that street daily.

Simply hire one of the policemen from Waldo and assign him that stretch of street daily. He will know how to recognizing speeding and he will know how to write a ticket.

After a few weeks speeding would no longer be a problem and he could be assigned to one of the other problem streets.

Bill Willis,

Gainesville

A win-win on NW 8th

Hooray for Richard Moyer ("A reasonable alternative for NW 8th Avenue," More Opinions, www.gainesville.com/opinion)! At last someone with common sense offers a sensible solution to a local issue.

Rather than spending $3.7 million to narrow Northwest Eighth Avenue and cause massive traffic jams for people going to and from work, use government employees to widen the sidewalks and use some of the money to repave the street and use the balance to repair roads in other areas where it is sorely needed.

These employees are already on the payroll and so is their management. The only new cost is the cost of the cement.

The bottom line: No traffic jams, more road repairs and no need for more taxes to do what should have been over the years.

Looks like win win win to me.

Roy W. Huntsman,

Gainesville

Don't dishonor J. Wayne Reitz's legacy

I was a student at UF during J. Wayne Reitz' presidency, and while I did not always agree with his decisions, I never thought for a moment that he was influenced by prejudice or disdain for any student's race or lifestyle.

He is quoted by detractors as saying that any openly gay student during that time was an aberration (not to be confused with aberrant), which is factual. It simply was not an issue on campus.

To evaluate the character of any person 50 years after the fact one must consider the mores, laws and standards of that time, not today.

Reitz labored tirelessly within the context of his time to create a great university. The students enjoying the physical plant and the enhanced reputation of UF today owe much to Dr. Reitz. It is only right that the student union bear his name.

Layton Mank,

UF Class of ‘59

Gainesville

Bill Clinton's ‘luck'

Regarding Randy Schulz's Sept. 19 column regarding Bill Clinton being so fortunate to have "inherited" economic prosperity, and a war-free America due to Ronald Regan's work a decade earlier. He also commented on American's "selective memory" regarding how good Clinton was.

Speaking of "selective memory," Schulz never mentions either of the Bush presidencies, or what they accomplished for us, I wonder why?

Somehow Clinton managed to keep us war free while dealing with such opposition and hatred that has never been seen from polarized government. We somehow "lucked" into a balanced budget with surplus, began welfare reform, kept our country at peace by showing a strong presence of force when needed in Iraq without engaging in a baseless war.

As luck has it, we lost our "good luck" after Clinton left office and President Bush took over.

I'm voting for some more Democratic "luck" this November!

C. Diven,

Gainesville

Do you trust them?

Florida voters in the upcoming election, in addition to choosing between candidates for numerous offices, will be asked to vote for or against 11 amendments to the Florida Constitution.

All of these amendments are offered because the Florida Legislature invented them and wanted them.

Plain thinking: If you really trust these people as a group, vote yes for all of them. Otherwise, vote a straight no.

If plain thinking doesn't satisfy you, think about the minds of the legislators. What do they fancy? I believe two major desires dominate: Power and re-election.

A few of the amendments are power grabs by the Legislature. The rest appear to be a diverse set relating to widely varied issues, but if you believe that, you aren't thinking like a legislator.

Benjamin Gorman,

Gainesville

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