Letters to the Editor for Sept. 29, 2012


Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:19 p.m.

It's only a game

Oh, if only the American people were as concerned with the workings and rulings of state legislatures and the U.S. Congress as they are with the policies of the National Football League.

If only they were as interested in the decisions of state courts, federal judges and the U.S. Supreme Court as they are in the calls made by the guys in black and white stripes on football fields.

Most people don't seem to realize that referees and the NFL don't really have any effect on the quality and direction of their lives. Is fantasy football really more important than real life?

Neil Beckerman,

Gainesville

In Loog's defense

I am a former employee of Visit Gainesville, where I had the opportunity to work with Roland Loog, director of tourist development for Gainesville/Alachua County. I write to respond to your Sept. 26 article, “Loog could be suspended for Nazi-like salute.”

The online comments on this article clearly indicate that the majority of your readers, me included, feel that Loog's response to the backlash of his photograph was timely and appropriate.

He removed the photo, issued a Facebook apology, and expressed regret.

This is only considered news due to his position in the public sector. It is due to his position that his actions may result in consequences that are unfitting for this transgression.

Loog is a passionate and visionary leader, who loves Gainesville with all his heart. He is kind-hearted, open-minded, and truly believes in supporting people to help them realize their full potential.

Tamara Herchel,

Gainesville

Loog has to go

I am appalled at the photo of Richard Loog making a Nazi-like salute in front of what appears to be a swastika. To take the photo was stupid; to post it was hateful.

This is the action of our director of tourism? He certainly is not welcoming any Jews or any descendants of Holocaust survivors.

To add insult to injury, this photo was taken while he was on a business trip. Our taxes paid for this disgusting exhibition. Loog had to be asked by the county manager to remove the photo.

I have always been proud to be part of this diverse, educated community in which we live. I now am ashamed. Nothing less than Loog's dismissal will suffice.

Karen Fuhr,

Gainesville

She didn't say that

The Sept. 27 letter from Marihelen Wheeler has an extremely misleading title: “Not all students are created equal.”

In the letter she says, “all students are not created with equal interests, skills, and talents and do not all respond to a one size-fits-all formula.”

As you see, the content is quite different than the title.

This unfortunate title is going to cause untold misery for a hard-working middle school teacher who never meant to suggest that some students are not equal; with the obvious conclusion that she considers some students inferior.

Eileen Roy,

Gainesville

Byerly and Darnell

I have never met County Commissioner Mike Byerly nor have I ever met Sheriff Sadie Darnell, but I know from reading the paper that if the sheriff offers a view, Byerly is going to disagree with her. I do wonder if he has problems with women who have achieved some success.

So she had another appointment and had to leave the commission meeting. Is that a reason to be so disrespectful.

Judy Walden,

Gainesville

A helpful hint for Mitt

I have a suggestion that would help Mitt Romney improve his “likeability”: Put one of those no-bark dog collars on him; the one that gives an electric shock when the throat vibrates. Experience has shown that when his throat vibrates he alienates voters.

Danny Warren,

Gainesville

Your bias shows

Amazingly, two pro-Romney letters made it into the Sun, all in one day (8/25).

I've lived in many different parts of the U.S. over the years, but I've never seen such slanted reporting, more one-sided, anywhere. The Sun is totally in the tank for Obama.

I've dissected columns day after day for the last year, as a former magazine editor myself, but this is ridiculous. Its a wonder The Sun retains any conservative readers.

I'm 82 years old, and never before have I seen these two things at the same time: A totally sold-out media and a completely gullible citizenry.

If this man wins a second term, all that will be left of America the beautiful is an ugly footprint in the sands of time.

Wes Hunt,

Hawthorne

Commission let us down on the trail

As a bike rider living in Haile Plantation, I am disappointed by the County Commission's decision to construct the proposed Archer Braid Trail around, rather than through, Haile.

I appreciate my neighbors' courtesy of collecting my vote in their survey. I was one of the 18 percent favoring the bike route through Haile.

However, I fear my neighbors neglected to poll youngsters who want to use their bikes to access the soccer fields at Kanapaha Veterans Park, or Mentone residents who want to bike to the Village at Haile, or school children who want to ride their bikes to Kimball Wiles Elementary and Kanapaha Middle schools.

Addressing Alachua County's obesity and diabetes problem requires community collaboration on many fronts, one of which is transportation. Because of the commissioners' decision, the ABT will fail to provide the infrastructure that would encourage Haile children (and me) to exercise.

Allan March,

Gainesville

Dissent is what makes the community diverse

In the Sept. 26 Sun is a quote from Katherine Henderson regarding those who voiced their personal opposition to the Haile Trail's proposed route: “It's an example of ‘not in my backyard,' and it's sad to see from a diverse community ... ”

Regardless of whether one is for or against the trail it seems that Henderson may not fully grasp the meaning of “diverse.” “Diverse” also applies to opinions, and diverse opinions have been a long-standing strength of this wonderful country, as well as any strong community.

I see nothing “sad” about people expressing their opinion whether or not they agree with yours. In fact, many people believe it to be one of the greatest attributes of a “diverse community.”

Bill Bradley,

Gainesville

Forget the bike trail, fix this hazard

Recently I helped a little boy get up from a bike wreck. He was about 7 or 8 years old. He was trying to get to Wiles Elementary School.

I bike down Tower Road each morning. At places the side walk is so overgrown that I started putting a pair of pruning shears in my pocket. I have cut back a couple dozen bushes, so I and others could pass.

How in the world could even two county commissioners vote to build a bike trail that nobody wants when they cannot maintain the sidewalks they have?

Tower Road is very busy and there are no bike lanes. It is dangerous for our kids to go to school.

Glenn Cole,

Gainesville

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