Letters to the Editor for Nov. 4, 2012
Published: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Amendments are poorly written
After I read the amendments in my sample ballot, it is very clear that any voter who is not an attorney can't understand anything written in these additions. The language is obtuse, difficult to comprehend, not precise or clear, makes it impossible for a layman to understand the essence of the supplements. There is no proper sentence structure, the grammar is atrocious and jumbled. Simply, it does not make any sense for John/Jane Doe.
Therefore, what will happen? One will vote for the party line and not for the essence of the amendments.
What is needed is that any amendment should be written in precise English, adhering to proper sentence structure and grammar, so the citizens can understand what they are voting for!
Capt. Ralf Kraemer,
Amendment 8 will give more freedom
I disagree with my dear friend Greg Magruder and his letter on Friday on Amendment 8. This amendment gives Florida parents more freedom of religion.
We are forced to pay for education of our children but do not have the choice of what religion will be taught to them with those same tax dollars.
With Amendment 8 we can choose the state religion of secular humanism or the religion of our choice. This is only fair. Vote YES on Amendment 8.
Victory Church of Gainesville
Tax for schools is good for all of us
Most residents of Alachua County will seek bargains when shopping. Now, they have an opportunity to obtain the best bargain our county has to offer. It's convenient, it's an economic stimulus and will enhance our future for many years.
When you vote "yes" for the one mill for county schools question, you will be helping to provide continued quality education, address health concerns (as the one mill will ensure a nurse in every school) and other vital educational programs with no tax increase, only renewal.
The days of a sharp pencil and tablet of paper are passť, as technology has offered us many new venues that provide schools with the capacity to offer students successful and meaningful learning experiences.
We need to come together on problems
What can we learn from Hurricane Sandy? In extreme situations people tend to pull together and help one another just as the president and Gov. Chris Christie are doing. Granted some people take advantage of catastrophes and vulnerable people.
I think Hurricane Sandy demonstrates how vulnerable our planet and its people are! But beside natural disasters there are many other challenges that contribute to our vulnerability.
Such problems as overpopulation; finite natural resources that people fight to monopolize; global warming, caused in part by our use of fossil fuels; ethnic, tribal, religious and national wars, caused by our fear of differences and our search for power, etc., etc.
We as one human family need to recognize these common problems that affect all of us and work together for solutions.
Meanwhile Congress and many of our leaders do not even recognize these problems, much less work together for solutions. Rather they take rigid ideologically based positions that makes addressing these problems impossible while the problems get worse because of our burying our heads in the sands. In the words of a famous song "When will we ever learn?"
Robert H. Hornberger,
Honest discussion on economy needed
The Thursday letter "Don't blame the economy for job loss" is so accurate. Our politicians have an answer for everything. Unfortunately, most of their answers are political rhetoric.
The economy is the case in point. John Bockris has nailed the reason that our economy and unemployment rate is at an all-time low. Our technology is at an all-time high. We are inventing ourselves out of work. If our politicians thought like this gentleman, we might have some real honest discussion started. It won't happen as long as we have this insane political machine driving the made up reasons we are losing jobs.
Information needed on ballot items
Florida might well consider adopting the practice of some other states whereby each measure to be voted on is discussed in a pamphlet sent to all voters, which contains pro and con arguments as well as a disinterested explanation.
For instance, the ballot summary of the proposal dealing with appellate judges is a hodge-podge of confusing notions and provides no information whatever as to whether appointment is preferable to election, or whether some combination is best. The idea that Senate confirmation is desirable strikes me as a joke, as I well remember the Clarence Thomas hearings, which ranged from lofty discourses on something called Natural Law to snide remarks about pubic hairs. That kind of farce we can live without.
Ivan J. Vesely
Just make sure bikers are visible
There are plenty of paths for bikes and not enough roads for cars! If bike paths do exist, punishment should be levied for those bikers who ride on the sidewalk.
For example, I live on 23rd Street and enter Eighth Avenue from the south and University Avenue from the north daily. Bikers on the sidewalk of Eighth Avenue (no bike paths) are clearly visible from my car in both directions. Bikers on the sidewalk on University Avenue are not visible, especially when the bikes are headed west (bushes in the way). In the bike paths on this busy street, bikers are clearly visible from both directions.
Maybe a responsibility of our City Commission should be to make sure that bikers are visible on our streets whether or not a bike path exists rather than constructing bike paths where they are not needed.
Edward M. Copeland,
Bicyclists cause problems on sidewalk
Recently I was run into on the sidewalk by a bicyclist while walking my 12-year-old dog. I'm so sick of this. He gave no warning that he was coming up from behind me. He ran completely over my poor dog and he almost fell off of his bike. No apology, in fact he cussed me out all the way down the street.
This happens a few times a month or more on Northeast 23rd Avenue and some of the back streets on 12th Street too. And there's a sign on Northeast 23rd that tells the cars to share the road with the bikes too, but the bikes still want to ride on the sidewalks. I'm getting to point where I'm not going to take this abuse any more.
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