Letters to the editor for Oct. 11, 2012


Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11:07 p.m.

Religious schools worthy of funding

Susan Bergert (Voice, Oct 5) uses circular reasoning and, ironically, self-defeating excuses to oppose taxes being used to support religious-based schools (in theory at the expense of public schools, and to hell with society at large).

It'd be nice if we voters knew a simple and objective fact: Which students perform better — secular or parochial — and which more likely end up as productive, intelligent tax-paying citizens? Knowing the answer would help voters decide where their public revenue is better invested.

I doubt the Democrats' news media has bothered to investigate or report this question to us, since the answer is pretty obvious and negates the dumb stereotype pushed by the left. Students who learn in religious-based schools more often become not just good students, but even better citizens.

Bergert doesn't see the irony in overall public school student decline over the last 50 years.

J.D. Knee,

Gainesville

Straub dedicated to wildlife care

I am one of the many local volunteers who has worked with Leslie Straub and Florida Wildlife Care ("FWC investigates wildlife rehabilitation expert," 10-5).

Leslie has always been there to answer calls and questions regarding the needs of our threatened wildlife.

When there is a shortage of helpers in the community, she opens her own living space and her own finances to nurse, house and feed animals that would have died in the wild.

The volunteer who helped her through the summer months could have helped her more by actually taking the initiative to help clean up the space.

This job is enormous for one person, especially when that person is also trying to take care of an ailing parent a distance from her home.

If Leslie is not allowed to continue her work, I hope the volunteer who is this concerned with animal welfare will take over the job.

Marihelen Wheeler,

Gainesville

Baird could use a little bit of humility

County Commissioner Susan Baird proves again how detached and unsympathetic politicans become once they take office.

In regard to county employees not getting raisess, she is right that "there'd be five people ready to take their job" in this economy … including hers.

Maybe she should stop and think about the fact that most county employees are county residents with voting privileges! She probably didn't stop to think that most of those employees are trained, familiar with their jobs and are serving the people to the best of their abilities.

She probably doesn't realize that county employees are really "people"; living, working and trying to raise families in this community.

Baird should practice some humility and remember who put her in office.

John T. Martin,

Gainesville

Wear gloves in providing care

In reference to the Oct. 8 story concerning the great event of FLUMIST vaccinations for Alachua County school children: I was disappointed to see one of the nursing students disregarding our rule of not administering health care without disposable gloves. This is protection for both the nurse and to the young students.

Both pictures accompanying the article show close-ups of ungloved hands! The first lesson of good health care is to always wear protective gloves when giving care.

What a wonderful program for our community. What a mistake to show poor hygiene.

Sandra Bolch,

Gainesville

Republican ranters have gone wild

News from Arkansas makes me feel sorry for Republicans who revere Lincoln, Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt and even Nixon and Reagan.

Now one Arkansas Republican says that black people are better off because they were once slaves, and another says all Muslims should be deported.

Again, I am sorry for rationale, intelligent and educated Republicans, even if I disagree with them on policy. How can Mitt Romney affiliate himself with such people?

George L. Barnett,

Micanopy

To churches: Taxes come with politics

You can almost count on a letter a day complaining about Alachua County tax rates. While I agree there is waste and they could do better, why kid ourselves about the main reason: When 57 percent of the land is property tax free, and that's growing every year, of course the rates will go up.

Local government has to deal with the same price increases that a person or family does.

Last Sunday, church leaders from all over the country broke the law and expressed their political views in their property tax-free place of worship. That's fine, and more power to them, but they can't have it both ways. The next logical step is for them to start paying property taxes.

Jim Nogar,

Gainesville

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