Letters to the Editor for Dec. 7, 2012
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:10 p.m.
If Israel disarmed
In response to Elizabeth Stuhlberg's Nov. 29 letter: Stopping the settlements in the West Bank, no matter what the borders are, will not stop the intense hatred of Hamas and others who will continue to try to eliminate the existence of the westernized, non-Muslim state in their neighborhood.
Newspapers here do not report the hundreds of rockets that have been continually fired into Israel; how much worse would it be without some response? It is not like other conflicts around the world; Israel is fighting to protect its very existence, an existence recognized and accepted by the rest of the world since 1948.
If the Palestinians and Israel's other neighbors put down their arms and began building their own nations' economies, accepting the legitimate existential rights of a tiny, non-Muslim, westernized state, there would be no more wars. If Israel put down their arms there would be no more Israel.
Our mirror image
I cannot imagine anyone these days who is not outraged with the bickering and mean-spiritedness that is so pervasive among our elected officials in Washington.
But can we ask our representatives to do what we, the populace, have been unable to do? Are we not a mirror image of the divisiveness, intractability and inflammatory rhetoric that has infected Washington?
Certainly, having differences is not the problem. Indeed, what has made us a unique people is our ingenuity for using those very differences to produce synthesis and innovation.
Of late, however, those same differences have become a source of polarity that is both ugly and paralyzing.
Is it not possible to be passionate and committed in our beliefs, yet civil in our discourse and gracious in our behavior? Need we invoke again Lincoln's warning: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Jones' free speech
In regard to James Sullivan Jr.'s Dec. 3 letter about the verdict of Rev. Terry Jones: I feel that Jones' actions were more than freedom of speech, his actions were physical, with the scenes placed in front of a place of worship and, more extreme, the burning of one's written Holy words.
I dislike that our city of Gainesville is remembered because of one person's actions. I will use my right to freedom of speech to express that I sure hope that not everyone appreciates Terry Jones' freedom of speech and actions.
Dee W. Watson,
Thanks, news media
Congratulations to Barack Obama on his re-election as president. Congratulations to the Republican Party on their victory in the House of Representatives.
Wait a minute. Why is it that all we hear in the mainstream media — including the local newspaper — is that Obama has won, but not a word about the Republican victory? They are co-equal branches of government, yet you would think by his attitude, President Obama has some sort of higher authority. Wrong!
His obsession with letting the Bush tax cuts expire on the top income earners would bring in enough money to run the government for eight plus days — insignificant. It only serves to make the poor hate the rich and then make the rich poor and the poor poorer (because job providers would be minimized).
Thanks, Obama. Thanks, media. You have served to sucker-in the uninformed and promote the divide in our country.
John “J.J.” Martin,
Earth to Byerly
What does Mike Byerly not understand about an 82 percent vote by Haile residents against having the trail run through our beautiful community? Do we have to go all through this again? The meeting vote counts, or so I thought.