Letters to the Editor for Nov. 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.
Obstructionists, get out of the way
Whether it is obstructionism by Republicans in the U.S. House or attempts by Republicans in state legislatures to obstruct our right to vote, obstructionism is a direct threat to our democracy and damages our reputation as a great country.
We showed those who tried to suppress (obstruct) our right to vote that we will pay any price to protect this sacred right that we fought and died for. We will eventually remove the obstructionists from our Congress and from our legislatures.
Our country and our democracy are loved deeply by us. Integrity on the part of our elected officials is important to us and is expected by us.
We, the voters, will have the last say on obstructionism. We will do the obstructing by suppressing the obstructionists. Obstructionism is not an acceptable way to govern this country.
Did Scott really hire anthropologists?
I wonder if there's any truth to the rumor that the governor's office has just hired several hundred anthropologists as political consultants.
It makes sense. The Republicans' poor showing among Blacks and Latinos in the recent election would indicate that the GOP
1) is not keenly aware of what issues are important to these groups,
2) cannot communicate with them very well, and
3) doesn't know where they live.
All three of these topics have been investigated thoroughly by anthropologists in the United States for more than a hundred years.
I hope the governor offers the anthropologists large salaries, and apologizes for all the bad things he's been saying about them.
John H. Moore,
It was a Yule tree before Christmas
The Christmas tree was known as the Yule tree for hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. In northern Europe, people celebrated the winter solstice with many pagan traditions that were later co-opted by Christianity; such as traditional foods and drink and customs that actually predate Jesus' birth.
This peevishness about Christmas is disturbing because it seems like some folks just don't like the fact that there are many religions represented in this country.
Saying "Happy Holidays" is not an insult to Christians. It's a way to be inclusive to all our friends and neighbors, whatever they believe.
So, a big "Happy Holidays" and "Season's Greetings" to all our citizens!
Act on climate change
Can our fractured federal government cooperate to deter climate change threatening Florida and possibly civilization?
Accelerating polar melting may soon become irreversible. Seas are rising faster and becoming more acid. Killer floods, droughts, extreme heat wildfires and storms proliferate — all because greenhouse gas emissions are rising worldwide.
Our nation should lead in demanding prompt, drastic greenhouse gas emission cuts.
Switching from fossil fuels to solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and tidal power is necessary. We are reducing renewable energy costs and improving energy efficiency, storage and transmission. Gainesville is a solar power leader. Tragic superstorm Sandy revealed our ability to cooperate and help each other. Let's cooperate by switching to clean renewables before Florida is lost to rising stormy seas. We can and must meet the climate change challenge swiftly.
Lee Bidgood, Jr.,
We all get one vote
In response to Marc Cauchon's Nov. 8 letter titled "More of the same": This is a democratic country where we all get one vote. The voters elected Hutch Hutchinson rather than Jean Calderwood. I've never met Jean but reading her Nov. 9 letter, "Let's all stay engaged" shows she is a classic lady.
Marc, if you follow Jean's advice the bitterness you feel will soon disappear. Remember someone has to win and someone has to lose in all elections.
Bettye Stoney Allen,
A few suggestions
I think that Hollywood should be first in line for more taxes. That Charlene Lamb should be reassigned to Libya. That President Obama should be made to spend a night at Staten Island. What do you think?
Frederic Davis, Jr.,