Letters to the Editor for Dec. 5, 2012


Alachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly

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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:16 p.m.

Don't spend more for an unwelcome trail

I have been following the controversy about the Archer Braid Trail, with the proposed route through Haile Plantation, and had not seen the diagram of the proposed trail before Sunday's article.

If the true quest is to connect the existing path on Archer Road to the one on Tower Road, why can't they just go straight down Archer Road and connect there? I am trying to grasp what the objection is to the most obvious and least expensive solution.

But then the Alachua County leadership always has a way of making the most simple tasks complicated and cost ineffective, or have other agendas buried in the plan.

From what I have read, the majority of the people living in the immediate area are not in favor of the trail route through their neighborhood. To me that should be the deciding factor.

Richard DesChenes,

Archer

Byerly ignores constituents' wishes

Just because you were re-elected does not mean you can ignore the wishes of your constituents Commissioner Byerly.

The residents of Haile Plantation made it clear in many ways they do not want the Archer Braid Trail to run through their subdivision. Putting the issue back on the agenda clearly shows that you don't respect what the people have said.

I am hoping that Commissioners Chuck Chestnut and Robert Hutchinson review previous meetings about this issue before it comes to another vote. It is time that the commissioners represent what the people want and stop trying to push their own personal agendas.

Linda Butcher,

Micanopy

Tax and spenders

County Commissioner Mike Byerly is a local reflection of tax and spend politicians throughout this nation intent on bankrupting us and the country.

Haile Plantation has made it clear they do not want the Archer Braid Trail. The most direct route will cost $140,000. Byerly's route will cost $750,000 and be where it is not welcome or needed.

His arguement appears to be the cheaper, shorter route will use county money, while the more expensive, longer route will be Department of Transportation funds. The fact is the money is our tax dollars, not his, not the county or the state's.

I live in Union County and am not affected by Alachua or Gainesville politicians but will apparently suffer Byerly's spending if he is successful.

Jack Schenck,

Lake Butler

It's not about race, it's about Obama

I could not be more disappointed in my local paper than I was Friday, when I read the trash column by Brian Gilmore claiming the Republican Party had a Southern strategy of racism.

He insinuates that all Republicans, especially those in the South, are voting solely on race. Not because of Obama's poor record of failures, not because of the current scandal in Libya, not because of the high unemployment and poor economic growth, the decline in household income, high energy costs, etc.,etc.

He claims it has been a strategy of racism since the Nixon years. Disgusting!

Obama was elected four years ago, and I for one, had hoped that because of his landslide decision all talk of racism would go away. I could care less about his race. Like most Americans, I simply want positive results, and a stronger America.

He has not delivered.

Dean Tate,

Newberry

How to take local action on warming

Thank you for the fine Sun editorial (11/27) recognizing the need to take worldwide action to reduce carbon emissions. Gainesville does “get it.”

Our local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby (citizensclimatelobby.org) formed in February 2012 as part of an international effort to promote a carbon fee to reduce emissions. We propose a national revenue-neutral fee at the first point of sale — the mine, wellhead or border crossing, with fees returned to citizens to mitigate the increased prices on their purchases.

Exxon, Shell and BP, all major oil companies, agree that we need a “clear, transparent and unambiguous price on carbon emissions.” Having such a fee will protect and support businesses as well as encourage innovation of alternatives.

Help stimulate national momentum for a carbon emissions fee by joining this citizens' initiative. We meet at the downtown library on the first Saturday of each month at 12:30 p.m.

Sally Dickinson,

Gainesville

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