Letters to the Editor for Nov. 25, 2012
Published: Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8:43 p.m.
Israel celebrates life, Hamas is about death
Regarding Marjorie Abrams' Nov. 21 letter to the editor, these famous quotations from Golda Meir, Israel's iconic prime minister of the 20th century, get right to the heart of the entire situation:
“We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
She also said: “When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.”
As I write this, news of a civilian bus-bombing is being reported in Tel-Aviv. Hamas is being quoted as praising this atrocity. And therein lies the difference between them and the Israelis.
Hamas and its ilk celebrate death and “martyrdom” while Israel tries to avoid deaths and cherishes life.
Bottcher ridicules Chase's plea for talk
Gainesville City Commissioner Todd Chase on Nov. 18 wrote in The Sun, advocating for local governmental leaders to put aside bickering and focus on solving problems for the good of the community: “Instead of finger-pointing we need reasonable and new solutions.”
A mild Chase suggestion was “to talk about” a new approach to consolidation of some government functions in search of common ground.
I appreciate any elected official, of whatever political orientation, who encourages “talk” and “dialogue.”
Sadly, Gainesville City Commissioner Susan Bottcher, in a response two days later, eschewed the sort of dialogue Chase had sought, constructed phony straw man scenarios and sarcastically suggested that Chase “demonstrate his leadership” by telling those in the county's smaller cities what they ought to do.
I support Chase's demonstrated “small d” democratic ideal of civil civic debate and regret that some members of my own party appear to have abandoned that ideal.
What happens when the sun won't shine?
In response to Lee Bidgood's letter of Nov. 24: I cannot convince him that if the sun don't shine or the wind don't blow you either don't have electricity or you put up with fossil fuel power plants.
In regards to the polar ice melting and raising the sea level: Take a glass of water and fill it with ice, and when the ice melts see if the water runs over the side of the glass.
Bidgood should be more afraid of Barack Obama than the melting ice or greenhouse gases.
The simple truth
The simple truth is that talk about secession is all about race, just as it was in 1861.
Those in favor of revisiting that conflict will no doubt raise all sorts of dust, obsfucations, red herrings, etc., to deny this.
It's ironic that the party that settled that conflict (Republican) is now the launching pad for the latest insurrection.
To all those overwrought knee-jerk Chicken Littles; take a deep breath, count to 10, and go visit a national cemetery to honor the sacrifice of Americans who gave the “last full measure of devotion” to their beloved country.
Mitt Romney offered ‘gifts' for votes, too
Mitt Romney accuses the president of giving his supporters “gifts” in return for their support. What about the huge “gift” of keeping tax rates low at all costs for high income households? That's his “gift,” he just didn't get the chance to deliver it!