Letters to the Editor for Oct. 1, 2012


Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:34 p.m.

It's not really a cliff

A former battery plant CEO often said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”

That expression exemplifies our federal leaders. Annually they decide to increase spending; to reduce revenue; and to increase borrowing.

There's talk about a “fiscal cliff” in January. We fell off the cliff years ago. We are about to hit bottom.

What's coming in January is not a cliff, but a ledge, which will stop our fall. We can begin a climb out of the chasm.

Ending all Bush tax cuts and cutting spending will allow citizens who earn money to contribute.

Ralph DeLisle,

Gainesville

Protected by law

As a breast-feeding mother of four children over the course of nine years — who for the first time recently was asked to “cover up” while breastfeeding my child in one of our public libraries — I would like to remind people that there is a Florida statute protecting the right to breast-feed in public (Fla. Stat. 383.015 2012).

Breast-feeding a child is beneficial for the health of the mother, the baby, and society as a whole. Please support mothers who choose to feed their child their own milk, as nature intended.

Kathy Lammens,

Gainesville

UF-made tomatoes

We're at risk of taking a great innovation for granted.

Tasti-Lee tomatoes are now appearing in the grocery stores around town, and they are fabulous. From what I read, the Tasti-Lee is a horticultural triumph developed by gastronomically conscientious, socially responsible scientists at the University of Florida.

A tomato for the people! Thanks very much.

Archie Carr III

Gainesville

Speaking for kids

Gloria Fletcher (“Protecting foster children,” 9-24) cited positive changes in Florida's foster care system. But she overlooked the one group of people whose sole mission it is to represent the best interest of each child; to ensure they are safe; and their voices heard. These are the all-volunteer citizens trained as Guardian ad Litem (GAL).

Assigned by the court immediately after removal, we gather and then share critical information with the court. It is our goal that the very best decisions for their current well-being and their future growth are made. We are a child's voice.

We make a difference in the life of a child who deserves a stable, caring place in our community. Every day, another child is removed from an unsafe place. Every day, that child needs a GAL.

Consider being a GAL and change the world for one child.

Jane E. Feldman,

Dennis R. Wyant,

Gainesville

Trees in the track

I have been watching with interest the progress of the restoration of the old Depot Avenue railroad station and was impressed when they went to the trouble to lay some actual tracks. I thought that this added much to the authenticity of the scene.

I assumed that perhaps they were going to truck in some old box cars to place on the track to add to the atmosphere.

Then I recently noticed that some artistic naturalist soul seems to have planted some palm trees down the middle of the track. So much for atmospheric enhancement. The symbology of trees in the track escapes me.

Bob Nahikian,

Melrose

Renaming mania

Renaming buildings seems to be in vogue now. If they rename the J. Wayne Reitz Union, what else should be renamed for political correctness?

Washington and Jefferson owned slaves. Should we not also remove their images from the $1 and $2 bills and the Jefferson nickel?

Col. Gaines had a lot of issues as well. Should we change Gainesville back to the original name, Hogtown? Or should it be Loonville?

J. B. Heppner,

Gainesville

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