Letters to the Editor for Oct. 13, 2012
Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:51 p.m.
Shame on boo-birds
I got two degrees at Texas A&M and one at Florida, so I have deep affection for both universities and their sports teams.
My group of four was fortunate to get tickets for the game a month ago in Kyle Field in the A&M alumni section in the west stands. After about the fifth or sixth Gator player went down, a few Aggie fans in our section started commenting on the number of “supposed” injuries and suggested malingering on the part of the Gators. I was incensed that anyone would question an injury, cramp, or other issue of a player.
Last Saturday, when Gator fans loudly booed several LSU players who went down, I was embarrassed and angered.
We Gators are better than that. Football is a violent sport. Players get hurt. It violates their dignity for fans to boo when they are hurt.
Shame on the boo birds.
Penalizing parents who choose private schools
As a former public school teacher whose children attended a parochial school, I have seen both sides of the issue regarding government funding of non-public schools. It is generally agreed that the education provided by the non-public schools is at least equal to, if not superior to, that provided by the public schools.
The reason some parents choose to send their children to a private or parochial school is because they do not agree with some of the things being taught in the public schools — for example, sex education, evolution or homosexuality.
Why should those parents be penalized by the state not paying the school for their children's education? If the secular education they are getting is equal to that provided by the public schools, they should get equal financial support. In addition they are often being instructed in good morals, which is also beneficial to the state.
Amendment 8 favors the rich over the poor
Amendment 8 is supposed to be about freedom of religion, separation of church and state. However, its main purpose is to help the rich people pay their school fees.
The people who can afford it already send their children to top notch private schools, religious or otherwise. With this proposition the taxpayer will now pay a large portion of those fees for them with a voucher.
Yes, this will also help some of the poor, but everyone can't attend a private school and in many cases, the voucher won't cover all the costs.
Concerning the improved test scores from some private schools, they are not required to accept all students. They can be quite picky about whom they accept and find it easy to expel students who do not meet their criteria. If you want to compare test scores you need to level the playing field.
I have decided that I'm crazy. I get up and go to work every day and try to make a living. After reading the Oct. 9 Sun article about blue trees at UF I came to the conclusion that I should have been painting trees at the university; call it art and they would have paid me $22,000.
I don't know if this was tax dollars or dollars someone donated, but what a waste.
Big Bird's a big boy
We all love Big Bird, but he just doesn't need tax dollars to stay on the air! Big Bird is a big boy who can support himself.
The Sesame Street brand earns hundreds of millions of dollars in sales of toys and other products, and the executives of Sesame Workshop are highly compensated. Big Bird is big business.
Mitt Romney is right, the U.S. government should not be providing public funds to help support PBS. Those who enjoy some of the programming (me included) should support PBS with our private donations. We should not add to the national debt with money borrowed from China and others.
Listen to both sides, and then go vote
The presidential decision that will be made on Nov. 6 will have minimal effects on that day but it will have ripple effects (positive and negative) for years to come.
This decision doesn't just affect you; it affects everyone in the world. This decision has global implications; implications that we, our children and generations to come will have to contend with as they live their lives and run their businesses.
Please make sure that you cast your vote! It's your duty as a citizen of this country to take responsibility for choices that will have resounding (potentially devastating) impacts on your very own future. If you support President Obama, listen to the other side. If you support Romney, listen to the other side. Partisan politics ends when we think for ourselves how we want America to be.
Just stop smoking
I was a smoker and, thank goodness, quit when I was 21. Now 56, here are some questions I have for the smokers who still light up:
Why would you choose to leave your children and loved ones and possibly become a burden to them because of the way you have decided to commit suicide?
To the smoking parents: How could you jeopardize, through second-hand smoke, your children to the same fate that you have chosen for yourself? What have they done to you that you want them to suffer the same slow, miserable death you have chosen for yourself?
The facts are in! We all know people who have died from smoking these cancer sticks.
Please put the smoking cigarette/gun down and start living life to the fullest. Tomorrow will be better, especially with you in it.
No to sales tax
Now the county wants a three-quarter cent sales tax for roads. If I am not mistaken, several years ago we got the local five-cent per gallon tax on gas for roads. We all know where that money went.
Eight years ago most people supported a penny sales tax for roads, but instead the commission wanted impact fees. Where is that money?
They also said a penny sales tax would hurt the poor. Well, people are worse off now than eight years ago, so would this not hurt the poor? Time for the commission to start listening to the people. No new sales tax.