Letters to the Editor for Nov. 3, 2012
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:32 p.m.
Vote ‘Yes' for the sake of our local schools
Please join me in supporting our local public schools by renewing the one-mill tax that's at the end of this very long ballot.
With the cuts to public school funding on the state level, this one mill is imperative to preserve basic educational services including music and art, full-time nurses and guidance counselors at each school, and career/technical magnet programs.
Again, this is a renewal of an existing tax, and not something new. Please continue Alachua County's commitment to excellent schools and ensure a better future for our community. Thank you!
People will find a way to kill without guns
In response to the 10-28 opinion piece, “What about guns?”: It appears the anti-gun crowd has decided they have the quick fix solution that our elected officials should embrace and make into law concerning firearms.
I am curious as to where the figure of 40 percent of firearms that are sold in this country are by private individuals. Does this include the illegal firearms that come into our country from Mexico with illegal drugs?
When you talk about mental background checks not being available, this would be due to HIPPA (federal law), which means that most medical records are confidential.
Can we as a nation prevent someone from going crazy? Will people find ways to kill another human if they are so determined to do so? Of course they will.
The people who will be hurt are the law abiding firearm owners.
I've had it up to here with political robocalls
This year's political campaign has just about convinced me to disconnect my landline telephone.
It is disturbing, yet typical, that our elected leaders exempt themselves, their parties, pollsters and other political organizations from laws and regulations regarding nuisance telephone calls. And nuisances they are.
The frequency of these calls is growing exponentially, and they come at the most inconvenient times. Even more disturbing is that these “callers” routinely disguise their true purpose by blocking caller ID or providing misleading caller-ID information, sometimes even showing local telephone numbers for “robocalls” from out of state.
The calls are so annoying that I can't believe they're effective.
At a minimum, all “robocallers,” including politicians, political parties and polling organizations, should be required to provide accurate caller ID information. Offer me that, Mr. or Ms. Candidate, and you'll likely have my vote.
David E. Carlson,
Wake up America! I have watched and listened to President Obama and what he says. And how he says it is not presidential.
However, with a little more practice, he will make a pretty good community organizer,
James R. Raimondi,
Mitt Romney more likely to follow Greece
The letter writer of “Do we want to follow Greece into austerity?” (10/29) got it only partly right and her comments were very misleading!
First, President Obama is the one leading us the way of Greece by spending $5 trillion of new spending during his first term, more than all other presidents combined.
He had a Democratic majority of both chambers of Congress in his first two years, so he can't blame it on the Republicans. He'll spend another $1.2 trillion in 2013, and another $8 trillion by 2025.
Second, under Romney/Ryan there will be no changes in Medicare. Current seniors will not pay more.
Finally, there will always be “the rich,” be they Democrats, Republicans or other parties. That's capitalism. It's the best system in the world and allows any American to gain wealth.
George R. Sims Jr.,
Adults get hungry, too
Recently, I heard Mitt Romney say “even some adults without children are receiving food stamps.” The implication seemed to be that those adults are freeloaders.
Adults get hungry, too. Maybe we should have planned better for old age and/or health problems but sometimes in life there are unforeseen circumstances.
I worked most of my adult life until I turned 70 when my health problems prevented continuing. My only income is Social Security and there are many older adults in the same circumstances. Some younger adults without children may not be able to work or can only work part time if they are disabled or must care for an elderly or disabled relative.
Most people who get food stamps really need them. Disadvantaged adults should not be a part of political fodder.
Deception and dishonor
The deception and dishonor from the White House is sickening.
Our unqualified, arrogant president doesn't attend half of his security briefings. He and equally inept secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, withdraw security from our Libyan embassy, repeatedly denying the ambassador's requests for security, perpetuating the lie that Obama's naive Middle East policies are working.
Our embassy is attacked in June. During the 9/11 attack, Obama even turns a deaf ear to repeated pleas for help from former Navy Seals Doherty and Woods as they heroically struggle with al-Qaida terrorists who killed our ambassador. The Seals die after saving and retrieving the body of embassy personnel.
Our country abandoned Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Doherty and Woods to make Obama look good. Obama has lied to us and stonewalled for weeks, with the help of the media, hoping to get re-elected despite this.
Can the union survive Romney/Ryan ticket?
If you can't see beyond the carnival hoaxterism, smoke and mirrors and dishonesty of the Romney/Ryan campaign, I can only hope the union will survive.
Dennis W. Taylor,
The Democratic gang was nearly all here
Our area was so blessed this week with the presence of Bill “Define Is” Clinton and Joe “Smirk and Gaffe” Biden to rev up the faithful. This week could only have been better if President Obama had decided to shirk his responsibility, as he did after the Benghazi attack, and join the other icons of Democratic Truth and Consequences.
Don't vote for the GOP
The re-election of President Obama is an important step in continuing the recovery from the Bush/Cheney disaster. The recovery has been too slow, thanks to the relentless obstruction and sabotage of the Republicans in Congress.
Don't vote for any Republican in November. Only one-third of the Senate seats are up for election, but all 435 House seats are open. A strong majority of Democrats and independents in the House and more than 60 in the Senate is the way to achieve real progress.
Vote for a brighter and more prosperous future for yourself, your children and grandchildren by getting rid of the Republican obstacles.
John H. Burgess,
Why all the secrets?
Why does candidate Mitt Romney have so many secrets? Why is he hiding his tax returns? Why is he changing his positions on so many issues? Why won't he tell what tax deductions and loopholes he will eliminate if elected? Why doesn't he use his real first name (Willard)?
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