Letters to the Editor for Oct. 14, 2012


Sun letter writer criticizes the Gainesville City Commission for opposing the county road repair tax.

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Published: Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.

Bad city leadership

What an attitude for our city leaders to take regarding the tax to repair local roads: If we can't have all that we want, then the rest of you will have nothing that you want.

No room to negotiate, no willingness to work with a lesser road budget so that the very worst of our long-neglected roads could get repaired.

Any further delay in starting repair work will increase future costs exponentially and will put an even greater burden on us citizens in the future. Everyone in this county has a vested interest in getting our public roadways repaired now.

John E. McAvoy,

Gainesville

Fix this road soon

Be careful driving down SW 62nd Street toward The Oaks Mall. Especially motorcycles!

There is a huge hole just before the S curve and traffic light which could cause a tire to get completely enveloped. It's not just a ridge hole which you can sway around, missing hopefully the oncoming traffic.

Please, whoever is in charge of the roads, monitor them better so we don't have to have any severe pothole induced car/bus/motorcycle accidents in our community.

Jack Seltzer,

Gainesville

Biden is a joke

Every voter who takes seriously the challenges facing our nation should be insulted by Joe Biden's laughter and comical faces exhibited during the VP debate. He has been an embarrassment to the Obama administration, and continues to be.

Paul Ryan displayed a mature and respectful presence. Biden was clearly preoccupied with the desire to be sarcastic, and he continued the failure of the Democratic Party to be open minded and "reach across the aisle" so that both sides can work together for a solution to the problems we face. Biden's demeanor was sad to see.

Kathy Niederloh,

Gainesville

Smirking Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden continually demeaned and disrespected the second most important political office in the United States with his disrespectful attitude and behavior during the debate.

Each time the camera was on him, he was either smirking, laughing or rolling his eyes. If this was supposed to indicate superiority over his opponent, he seriously missed the boat.

He vacillated between buffoonery and bullying, occasionally attacking the moderator and continually speaking over Paul Ryan's attempts to answer the questions. Sorry Joe, you were way off base!

Michelle Flowers,

Gainesville

The draft evader

If there wasn't a draft during Vietnam, I don't know if I would have ever got around to enlisting.

Due to his age, Obama didn't have to consider this. Why isn't this an issue with Romney?

I think he was doing some kind of missionary work during the era. This probably should have been an alternative for all of us, but I don't think that it was at the time.

My family wasn't rich or involved in politics, so I was just part of the fodder.

Romney is all talk about wanting to keep our military strong, but he or his sons have not been willing to do more than talk the talk.

Tom Prahl,

Hawthorne

A little change

When the gas in my truck, fishing boat, garden tiller and chain saw is worth more than my 401K, my friends, its time for a change.

William (Bill) Getts,

High Springs

A daily must read

Thanks Jim Stringfellow for a reasoned and interesting Oct. 8 Speaking Out about education in Alachua County. Actually, he welcomes our new Chamber of Commerce Chair, Tim Giuliani, but it is also a must read for all of us.

This is why I feel strongly that we need to continue to read our local paper. We need to understand community affairs and issues. Jim's article made me aware of that.

Barbara Collett,

Gainesville

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