Letters to the Editor for Oct. 5, 2012


Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.

Don't vote to fund religious schools

If you vote "yes" on Amendment 8 to the Florida Constitution, you will be spending your tax money to send Florida school children to religious institutions of the following religions: Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Muslim, Scientology, Mormon, etc. There is no limit.

Amendment 8, falsely titled "Religious Freedom," has nothing whatsoever to do with religious freedom. In America, we already have religious freedom. You can worship anywhere and anything you like.

This amendment wants to take our tax dollars and give it to families who want their children to have a religious education; at your expense.

Florida teachers' unions, school administrators, The League of Women Voters, the Florida Education Association and many more prominent Florida institutions are against Amendment 8. So am I. Vote no.

Marjorie Taylor,

Micanopy

A waste of money

When this election is finally over we can think about all the money spent and how it could have been put to much better use. Maybe we should consider an six- or eight-year cycle to avoid the waste of ever-shrinking resources.

They say there is a recession going on, but every time I turn on the TV or check my email there's more dollars down the drain. Who would spend hundreds of millions to get a job at hundreds of thousands in salary? What are their underlying motives?

Bill Privett.

Gainesville

Caution to consumers

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by Congress in 2010 to protect Americans from deceptive practices involving mortgages and credit card transactions. It represents a pro-consumer response to the financial debacle of 2008, but its implementation was repeatedly stalled by a group of 45 Republican senators.

Since the bureau finally started operating 10 months ago, it has fined American Express, Capital One and Discover $425 million for deceptive credit card activities. Nearly six million customers were affected and will be getting refunds from the involved banks.

Consumers voting next month should consider these facts when choosing their elected representatives. They can also check the CFPB website for answers to many relevant consumer financial questions.

John Thomas.

Gainesville

Tiger lets his team down one more time

Once again the U.S. loses the Ryder Cup. It's interesting to note that Tiger Woods again is the reason for the loss.

He has admitted previously that he was the reason for the loss, and he has again proven that he does not do what he is supposed to do in the Ryder Cup competition.

Tiger is a fantastic golfer, but not a good team player. Future captains of the Ryder Cup teams should consider other than top-shelf players. Team players play better.

Dave Saltzburg,

Gainesville

Tea party tirade against our schools

Edward Harmon ("Where's the Outrage over Low Test Scores" Oct. 2) seemed to be lacking all the facts about the FCAT results, and is ignorant of the purpose of teacher unions.

Then I came to the last phrase: "...denying parents any choice in the education of their children." Aha!

Harmon lives in the Tea Party World created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Funded by wealthy religious fundamentalists, ALEC's goal is to discredit and destroy public (secular) schools and pour our property taxes into religious "private" schools whose primary goals are sectarian indoctrination.

As the number of non-religious citizens grows, the religious right becomes more desperate in its efforts to maintain its customer base. And since facts and reasoning are not "fundamental" to conservative religionists, anything goes in the arguments against public schools.

Susan Bergert,

Gainesville

But what about the other candidates?

I recently read the article "Hearing from the forgotten man; J.R. Gaillot faces Ted Yoho." I was disappointed to see that it forgets to mention any other candidates in the U.S. House race for District 3.

I looked at my sample ballot and saw that Philip Dodds (NPA) is clearly printed there. A little further research showed that Kenneth Willey and Michael Ricks are also running as write-in candidates.

It can get to be very difficult to get any information about independent candidates before the election. It can certainly feel like reporters are willing to take the easy way out by dismissing them out of hand.

I really wish that articles that cover the election would at least give constituents a chance to investigate the options available to them.

Stephen Marsh,

Gainesville

‘Tree-huggers' want to rewrite history

Layton Mank's Sept. 28 letter was dead on. "To evaluate the character of any person 50 years after the fact one must consider the morals, laws and standards of that time, not today's."

Changing the name of the Reitz Student Union is a ridiculous idea. Why do people today feel that they can rewrite history simply because of their likes, dislikes, opinions, and feelings?

Fifty years ago, homosexuality was taboo, as was a single woman getting pregnant. Also, racism was more prevalant, especially here in the South.

Today's "tree-huggers," feel that a name change is needed simply because a man had opinions and prejudices that were the same as the majority in that era. Apparently, J. Wayne Reitz did a lot of good for the University of Florida, he should be remembered for that and not any personal prejudices that he had.

John Kelly,

Williston

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