Letters to the Editor for Oct. 9, 2012

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Homecoming 2011

A letter writer faults the Alachua County School Board for holding classes on Veterans Day, Nov. 12, so students can attend the UF Homecoming Parade on the previous Friday.

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Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 2:49 p.m.

School Board favors parade over veterans

On Nov. 12, a federal holiday, our country will be celebrating Veterans Day with parades, gatherings and memorial services. Unfortunately, the Alachua County School Board has decided to cancel the the holiday for the district. Students will go to school on that day and have Friday, Nov. 9, off.

The reason? Not to honor our veterans but for the people to attend a football pep rally and homecoming parade for the Gators.

What has our country come to when a football homecoming takes priority over honoring our veterans on Veterans Day?

Veterans who answered the call to duty made the sacrifice for our country for the freedoms we enjoy today. Shame on the School Board.

Enjoy your pep rally on Nov. 9. On the following Monday I will honor our veterans, which I'm proud to be part of.

Robert Williams,


One mill tax enriches student experience

During the past four years, hundreds of students across Alachua County have ventured into the realm of creativity through art and music programs by virtue of the one mill incentive for education.

The one mill helps fuel band and chorus programs, as well as technology for classrooms that enrich students, such as myself.

I am now a senior and I can attest to art and music programs instilling confidence and imagination during such important periods of students' development. Creativity helps inspire students to pursue dreams that will become the ideas and technologies of the future.

The one mill renewal is another way to say "thank you" for everything that our teachers have done for our students. Please take time on Election Day, Nov. 6, to remember our teachers and students and vote for the renewal of the one mill for education.

Angela Acosta,


Government takes away and gives back

Asa Godby, (Voice, Oct. 6) prides himself on taking all kinds of benefits from the government: public schools, GI benefits, a Land Grant university, a GI mortgage, Social Security and Medicare. How kind of the government.

But he seems not to notice his own words: These are all tax-funded benefits. Taxpayers funded them all.

It isn't largesse that appeared from nowhere. It isn't "government" money. It's government-redistributed money, but it comes from the taxpayers, who have the only pockets with cash.

What we get from the government, we pay for.

Like Mr. 47 percenter, I'm on Social Security. I paid for it. If I'd taken my Social Security contributions and put them all into whole life insurance (not the best investment strategy), I'd have a bigger pension from the insurance company than I have from Social Security.

W. J. Sullivan,


Mitt's taped remarks were about strategy

In response to Asa Godbey's letter of Oct. 6: I, too, attended tax-funded public schools and attended the US Naval Academy at government expense. A GI mortgage helped me purchase my first house also. I will soon collect Social Security and Medicare. Like Godbey I'm a 47-percenter!

But I am smart enough to understand what Mitt Romney was talking about in the secretly taped video to his supporters. It was a campaign strategy on where to focus his effort ... as any smart politician would do.

He merely said it would be near to impossible to get the vote of those who think President Obama will give them something. He's compassionate, and not the hard, callous man that you have been suckered into believing he is by the left-wing progressive spin machine.

I am voting for Mitt Romney.

John J. "J.J." Martin,


Republicans don't object to entitlements

Asa Godbey, ("I'm a 47 percenter," Voice, Oct. 6) obviously missed the point. Conservative Republicans are not opposed to any of the entitlement programs. They are only opposed to them going to the 47 percenters.

They fully expect to receive those benefits, and will be the first in line to apply for them, and scream if they are not immediately furnished to them. They merely resent having to pay for them and share them with you and me.

Ivan York,


Why the booing when players are hurt?

I made the trip to Gainesville for the LSU-Florida game. We had a great time. Gainesville is a nice town, Florida fans were extremely friendly, and the stadium atmosphere was formidable.

But I can't understand why Florida fans boo when an opposing player gets hurt.

Kevin Minter had a near record-breaking day for the Tigers (20 tackles), but was booed before being taken to the locker room for an IV to offset cramps. On the next play, Kwon Alexander broke his ankle and the booing was even louder! What's up with that?

Thanks Gator fans for a nice weekend in Gainesville. Good luck the rest of the way and maybe you can stay home (Miami) for bowl season.

Brian Falgoust,

Baton Rouge

Sun photos are worth a thousand words

As always, those Sun photographers, Doug, Matt and Brad, preserved the intensity of the Gators' win over LSU on Saturday. They are awesome!

They, along with their colleagues, save a readers' time and help reporters explain situations and events more clearly. And they do it every day, on many pages of The Sun. It's good to thank them in words, sometimes, for the deeper understandings they bring us with those pictures.

N.M. Postlethwaite,


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