Letters to the Editor for Nov. 10, 2012
Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:29 p.m.
I'm a Gator forever
At age 16 I arrived by school bus from Bradenton to march with Southeast High School at the UF homecoming parade. I still remember that time 50 years later.
I knew I would come back to Gainesville for college, but never dreamed I would still be living here.
The trees were so green, there were hills, and the people I met walking along University Avenue were so friendly and welcoming to that 16-year-old.
I hope that the young people coming to visit Gainesville this year will love it as much as I do. Gator Forever.
Go Coach ‘Boom'
For all the people who do not like the way Will Muschamp coaches, there is an easy way to fix your problem: Take your remote and change it to another football game or the Lifetime channel.
If people are scared to send their son here to play under coach Muschamp then send them to FSU to play! Go Gators!
A ‘success' story?
University A graduates a music teacher who never makes much money but influences inner-city children to learn and to become positive influences in their community.
University B graduates someone who goes on to become a multi-millionaire CEO of a company that defrauds a government health care program of tens of millions of dollars.
Do those in business consider University B to have produced a more successful result? Is that how it works?
A bad message
I am as much a fan of Gator sports as anyone, however, I am very displeased that students in Gainesville received Friday off for homecoming but not Monday for Veterans Day. What kind of message does this send to our children?
Say what you will, but there is a clear, if implicit, message to school-age kids in the provision, or lack thereof, of a holiday — a special day — to celebrate or honor someone or something.
Even in peacetime, this would be bad. During this war, it is abominable.
Stop carping about giving kids a day off
Fussing about Alachua County school kids getting a holiday, because it's Gator homecoming is a waste of time. Hello! This is a college town!
We saw children from elementary school age all the way up to high school age taking part in Gator Gallop.
It was exciting for them to run or walk in this race.
Afterwards, they got the full treatment of homecoming atmosphere: The noise of the bands and crowds of people, the tantalizing smell of cotton candy and pizza.
The sight of cheerleaders and football players and homemade floats and, most of all, the sheer fun of being outside on a beautiful fall day in Gainesville.
Let them miss a school day to experience all the joy that comes with homecoming.
As a former teacher, I'm all for it.
Martha R. Harrell,
Earth to Republicans
It is both amusing and depressing to watch the Republican right play the blame game.
The Republicans lost because their ideas are out of date. They pander to their own extreme right wing, a group that prefers superstition to science and emotion to reason.
Meanwhile on the other side of the globe the Chinese leadership is effecting a seamless transfer of power to a younger generation. The same dichotomy of conservative vs. liberal exists in China, but both sides listen to one another and work toward common goals such as governmental stability and the provision of social services.
Over time climate changes, technology changes, culture changes, and ideas must change if we are to adapt to a changing world. The Republicans refuse to adapt. By being mired in the past they ensure their future irrelevancy
Florida's inability to accurately count and promptly report its election results has once again made us appear to be the most backward state in the nation.
Congratulations to Gov. Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature for limiting early voting and clogging up the ballot with foolish constitutional amendments.
I can't imagine this will help Florida attract the high-tech jobs and businesses to our state that Gov. Scott so desperately desires.
Did I even count?
Did my presidential vote count? Should I even bother to vote next time? Will all the people who waited in line for hours say never again?
I hope someone on your staff will do an in-depth report on this topic. We are all waiting for it.
Peter J. Pilot,
Very sad day when The Sun prints the hate filled rantings of Jean Derouge (Voice, 11-8), who believes that the half of the electorate that voted for Romney are all bigoted, ignorant, stupid, lying, racists.
Hooray for Hollywood
We hear a lot of complaints and bad news about the economy, yet, every Monday there is an article in The Gainesville Sun about how many millions of dollars were taken in at the box offices by the newly released movies. If the economy is really as bad as some say, then how can we be spendlng this huge amount of money regularly on the movies?