Letters to the editor for Oct. 12, 2012


Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11:12 p.m.

‘Recapture rule' should be repealed

Under what's called the “recapture rule,” Florida allows the taxable value of a homeowner's property to rise even when the property's market value is falling. This practice has been criticized for years.

Amendment would invite the Legislature to abolish the hated recapture rule. Let's hope that if voters approve No. 4, state lawmakers will follow through.

There are additional reasons to approve No. 4. It would reduce the maximum annual increase in the taxable value of non-homestead properties — such as seasonal homes and residential rental property — from 10 percent to 5 percent. It would also provide an extra homestead exemption for first-time homebuyers.

Amendment 4 is good news for longtime home owners, people just now buying homes, and Florida's housing market in general.

School taxes are exempt, just as in the current second $25,000 exemption we have on homestead property. This will not effect schools! Vote yes on 4.

Robin A. Schwartz,

Horizon Realty

Alachua

In defense of the 300 Club cell tower site

As a long-time resident of the area, and having attended the meetings, I want to correct a few misconceptions about the proposed cell tower to be placed on the 300 Club site.

Cell phone reception in this area is abysmal. A tower is clearly needed.

The proposed unipole design will be relatively unobtrusive among the tree canopy. The few trees that will be removed will be mitigated by planting more desirable species.

The concerns about traffic are unfounded. The 40-60 cars that travel between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. to the 300 Club are a tiny fraction of the thousands that currently use Northwest Eighth Avenue. A miniscule number will be rerouted onto Northwest 38th Street, instead of meandering through the neighborhood.

I don't understand why there is opposition to enhancing the communications in this area. A cell tower on this site could be a literal life-saver.

George Bowes,

Gainesville

They don't need a day off to honor veterans

While I understand and can appreciate the feelings expressed by Robert Williams in his Tuesday Oct. 9 letter, “School Board favors parade over veterans,” I believe children will learn much more about Veterans Day while attending school than if they have the day off.

I'm sure that some classes may even have veterans visiting them to share their experiences and to explain the meaning of the holiday. The observance of Veterans Day in peer groups is even more meaningful, as witnessed by all the activities planned by the many veterans organizations in the community.

I believe the classroom a very appropriate place to celebrate and observe the spirit of the day.

Let the kids study and learn on Veterans Day. Then let them be kids and enjoy the Homecoming parade.

Georgia “Pete” Vickers,

Gainesville

Venezuelans turn out to vote, so should we

I felt embarrassed and ashamed to read in The Sun that 81 percent of eligible Venezuelan voters participated in their recent presidential elections, whereas we are lucky if we can generally get even 50 percent of our eligible voters to participate in any of our elections.

May God help us!

Jose M. Catasus,

Gainesville

The GOP confuses me

I'm confused. The Republican Party wants less government regulation for businesses, less citizen protection.

At the same time, the Republican Party wants more government involvement in consumer's private lives: more regulations telling citizens who they can marry, who they can love, what they can do in the privacy of their homes.

Also committed to individual rights and responsibilities, the Democratic Party has brought back regulations to protect citizens from unscrupulous businesses and, unfortunately, honest businesses must pay the price for their unethical colleagues. At the same time, the Democratic Party wants citizens to be free to love who they love, marry who they want to marry, make choices about what to do with their bodies and rejects legislation and regulations which invade personal privacy.

I prefer respect for my life as a private citizen. I prefer government protect me from unscrupulous businesses.

Charna Cohn,

Gainesville

Florida should fund Medicaid assistance

Florida needs a governor with a heart and some common sense!

Millions of Florida families receive all their health care treatments in emergency rooms at exorbitant costs at state expense because Rick Scott refuses to accept federal Medicaid requirements. Our spineless Legislature goes along with this stupidity.

Scott's plan favors private insurance companies at a cost to the state of billions of dollars more. Members of all parties can surely unite for the greater good and accept the federal program, already accepted by most other states.

When Scott agrees to accept federal Medicaid requirements, the state will save millions of dollars and millions of uninsured Floridians will receive routine care that prevents most emergencies.

Why won't our elected officials put politics aside and start doing what is best for all the people they represent?

Anna (Lake) Ebersole,

Bill Ebersole,

Gainesville

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