Letters to the Editor for Dec. 8, 2012


Published: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.

Build the path now

Recent letters to The Sun have repeated the fiction that building the Archer Braid bike trail along Southwest Archer Road and Southwest 75th Street is an “alternative” to building the trail along Southwest 46th Boulevard and Southwest 91st Street in Haile Plantation. The need for that “alternative” route is a fairy tale invented by a small group of Haile board members.

The Archer/75th route already has sidewalks and/or bike paths along its entire length! Meanwhile, the 46th/91st route in Haile is the only county right-of-way of its type that does not already have a safe, public bike/pedestrian pathway.

The real question is whether to build that pathway now, using federal grant dollars, or to build it later, using our local gas tax dollars. I don't see why any Alachua County taxpayer would prefer the second option.

Steve Hagen,

Gainesville

We pay for the rich

It just has been announced that the pensions for senior citizens will increase 1.7 percent for the 2013. Now the financial plan from the GOP wants to decrease this tremendous amount but will not touch the tax cuts of the super rich.

In other words, senior citizens would have to pay for the tax breaks so that the really rich can keep their Lamborghinis and Gulf Stream private jets.

It is clear that the Republican Party puts the interest of the party before the interest of the people. The arrogance to even put forward such a proposal is unbelievable.

Perhaps House Speaker John Boehner should try to live on $1,000 a month for a while, which is the average amount a senior citizen receives.

It is high time we vote those irresponsible people out of office.

Captain Ralf Kraemer,

Hawthorne

Sad state of affairs

Can only 2 percent of the American people, who now do not pay their fair share of taxes, really have such a profound effect on the remaining 98 percent?

What a sad state of American affairs it is if this 2 percent truly does have its hands so deeply into the pockets of politicians!

Paul Misleh,

Gainesville

Try to compromise

I am so tired of hearing complaints about our government.

Our senators and representatives are too weak or too self-centered to compromise for the good of the country. They are like a bunch of selfish kids who know how to milk the money givers. They are more interested in their status with their voters than the country.

That is not what democracy is about. They are the problem.

Jane Cotton,

Gainesville

Scott must be stopped

Gov. Scott must be stopped from decreasing oversight of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities as a cost-saving measure. What greater disservice can we do our elders than to stop caring about the treatment they receive at the end of their lives? At a time when the individuals who cared for us are now in need of care, it is heartless and immoral for the governor to treat their safety in such a callous manner.

Julia Robbins,

Gainesville

Two of everything

It would be great if the children of divorced parents could receive the same two items of a gift, including clothes. The children could have the same item at both places of where they live or stay, and I believe this will make them more secure. These are precious children, and they need all the good thing they can receive from life.

Jane Greene,

Gainesville

The bottom line

Bottom line fact is that GRU's charge of $107.78 for 870 kWh compares to FP&L's $74.19 for the same energy. GRU is 145 percent of FP&L for 870 kWh!

George Braun,

Hawthorne

Half-baked VAM

The latest half-baked, idiotic move by our state Legislature to utilize VAM to evaluate teachers should be a loud warning call to all Floridians. As one teacher so eloquently said at the recent School Board meeting, “Can you imagine if 40 percent of an employee's evaluation in the private sector came from people they did not work with?”

VAM is nothing more than a concerted effort by the right-wing zealots who currently dominate Tallahassee to allocate taxpayer monies to private charter schools. And private charter school is just a fancy way of saying religious school. We should all be very afraid. And hopefully that fear will lead to action.

Donald Ryan,

Gainesville

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