Letters to the Editor for Nov. 19, 2012


Democrats Mike Byerly, Robert Hutchinson and Chuck Chestnut IV were all elected to the Alachua County Commission.

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Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:33 p.m.

The same old Alachua County same old

Liberal Democrat candidates were elected, and now have the majority, on the County Commission. What does this mean, and what can we expect? Perhaps their history will give us some insight.

Mike Byerly's history is to enhance road projects beyond reasonable requirements and fiscal sense, to delay projects for design changes and to waste and erode the effectiveness of our transportation tax dollar.

Robert Hutchinson's history is to take private land out of the general economy for environmental causes, eroding our tax base.

It goes without saying that the Chestnut name is synonymous with social programs and tax increases.

Predictions: Our property taxes will increase next year, more private land will become public, government handouts will increase and a new road repair sales tax initiative will be generated to include a major transit element and special interest initiatives. Finally, Tower Road will deteriorate further.

Ernie Taylor,

Gainesville

How green are we?

Alachua County is a green place to live, right?

There is additional green$ we all will pay GRU for the biomass plant, the green$ solar feed-in subsidy we all fund, and the green$ we all pay RTS for buses to reduce gas use and pollution.

All of this touted as making Alachua County a more environmentally friendly and greener place to live. But on Nov. 14 the mask came off.

A Sun article tells us the county commission "voted unanimously Tuesday to opt out of a state septic system inspection that would have required tank evaluations every 5 years."

This despite the fact that Alachua County's springs pump 65 million gallons of water a day into the aquifer.

Evidently the green$ to be paid by septic owners to septic cleaning companies to protect all our drinking water would be too onerous.

Sam Ulbing,

Alachua

A misleading killer

The Alachua County Commission has proclaimed November as Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month.

Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare blood vessel disorder of the lungs. It is frequently misdiagnosed and has often progressed to a late stage by the time it is correctly diagnosed.

In medical school, aspiring physicians learn that common symptoms equal common diseases. They're taught, "when you hear hoof beats, look for horses, not zebras." During Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month we're telling the world that sometimes symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath represent a medical zebra: PH.

Pulmonary Hypertension Associations' new Sometimes it's PH campaign for early diagnosis builds support for programs to help today's PHers and make the road to diagnosis easier for patients in the future.

The North Central Florida Pulmonary Hypertension support group may be reached through e-mail at ncfph@yahoo.com or call 352-376-2100.

Betty O'Byrne,

North Central Florida PH

Support Group leader

Gainesville

The real majority

In response to E.M. Easton rant about majority voting (Voice, 11/15): Maybe in addition to using elementary math he should have used common sense to calculate figures about what is and is not a majority.

I think it is more accurate to state that 60 million who voted for Obama out of 120 million who voted is more accurate than calculating 60 million out of 240 eligible voters when half of the eligible voters didn't vote at all. If we just do some elementary math, that appears to be about 50 percent.

Since the definition of majority is greater than half the sum, one vote more than half would constitute a majority. The truth is over half of the people who voted did in fact vote for Obama, like it or not!

Steven Bonett,

Gainesville

Thanks for your vote

I would like to congratulate John Rance Rhomas on his election to Gilchrist County commissioner, District 4. I wish him the best of luck as he deals with the everyday problems of the county. My prayers are with him.

I thank everyone who supported and worked on my campaign, be it by holding signs, giving donations or going to functions. I especially thank those who voted for me. I met some wonderful people as I went about my campaign, and I sure hope they remain in my life.

Marion Poitevint,

Canidate

Gilchrist County Commission

District 4

Branford

A two-way street

Several recent letters to the editor have complained that Republicans in the U. S. House are standing in the way of compromise that would enable the president to accomplish some of his goals.

Compromise is the art of discussing and resolving matters. One of the president's greatest failures is that he doesn't understand how to draw a diverse group of people together, present his ideas and negotiate with them.

His approach seems to always be, "Here's what I want. Make it happen." He then accuses anyone standing in his way of failure to compromise.

The president seldom meets with the leaders of the House and the Senate to discuss pending matters. Unless he learns how to negotiate and compromise himself, and to allow some of their recommendations to be accepted, he should not expect much cooperation from them.

Compromise is a two-way street.

Ray Evans,

Perry

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