Letters to the Editor for Nov. 26, 2012
Published: Monday, November 26, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8:52 p.m.
Finding the truth in political advertising
With the 2012 elections behind us, many Americans are relieved to see an end to the deluge of campaign ads on television, many run by outside groups with innocuous-sounding names and secretive donors. The vast majority were negative, and many were false or blatantly misleading.
Through our Truth in Campaign Advertising project, the League of Women Voters talked with advertising or general managers of TV stations, asking them to fact-check campaign ads and to reject or request changes to those that were false.
Local station WGFL was among those across the country that committed to monitoring advertising in this way. We applaud them and hope that their policy will become the norm, as media take seriously their responsibility to provide citizens with fact-based information.
League of Women Voters
Sun's political coverage this year was excellent
The League of Women Voters of Alachua County/Gainesville is pleased to recognize The Gainesville Sun for excellent coverage of the 2012 general election.
Providing information to voters through candidate profiles, articles on issues, editorials, and a pre-election supplement was a much needed service. It was especially helpful to illuminate the complicated amendments by serially publishing the League's Voter Guide explanations and other analyses and even printing the entire amendment text twice.
Citizens need such resources in order to vote wisely, and we are pleased that you chose to feature them throughout this election season.
League of Women Voters
Kudos to the Santa Fe College theater and music faculty and staff for a splendid production of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, “Trial by Jury.”
The set, costumes and young singers brought to life the delightful spoof of 19th century England on the stage of the new Fine Arts Hall of the college. This new venue provides audiences in Gainesville with first-rate performances.
And the high school bands marched on
Hundreds of students in five area bands performed halftime shows at the recent FMBC Marching Band Championships. Shows are judged in equally-weighted categories of music, general effect and visual.
The GHS Hurricane Marching Band & Guard presented an electrifying show entitled “The Realm.” The show was an audience favorite all season, garnering compliments and standing ovations.
GHS had an outstanding run in their first Class 4A Championships. It would have been great to bring home another title, but the real story is in the months of hard work by the students.
Many thanks are owed to directors Bill Pirzer and Mary Ann Sickon, pit director Lori Pirzer, and the staff.
To all of the GHS Hurricane Marching Band & Guard students, thanks for another season of Purple Pride. Go 'Canes!
Elizabeth C. Brown,
GHS Hurricane Marching
Band & Guard parent
Thanks for your help
3rdlevelmedia would like to thank every one who attended the North Florida music showcase to benefit the recording arts and YMCA, all the beautiful people who attended and all the artist and business who donated their time and money.
We especially thank the city of Gainesville, Reggae Shack, Byron Harper ELO and his staff of DJs, Atlanta Recording Artist Young KOdak, C-Wakley Management Gary Del Gais and the staff at the YMCA for putting up with a week of auditions.
Though we had only reached 20 percent of our monetary goal, the looks on the faces of the people who enjoyed this joyous day spoke volumes.
Thanks to all. God bless and we look forward to see you at our next events.
Stay alert in Archer
I would like to thank everyone involved in my Archer City Commission campaign and those who voted for me.
As a businesswoman, former mayor and commissioner, I know that fiscal soundness is crucial when managing and spending taxpayer dollars. Equally important is accountability. My platform was to work diligently to “restore and uphold” these fundamentals.
Among other issues, the city spends well over $150,000 annually for two city managers who manage five employees; passed a 160-acre zoning change without considering their own laws; has borrowed and spent over $700,000 and, to date, has not budgeted repayment; and has a potential citizen-based legal issue for water over-billing.
I urge all Archer residents to continue to pursue and demand what they deserve: city officials willing to listen, make changes when needed, and manage responsibly.