Letters to the Editor for Dec. 10, 2012
Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:38 p.m.
Thanks, Dr. Eckel
What a great article about Dr. David Eckel (Dec. 5). It also was timely as I was in the EMC on Tuesday.
There is much that can be added to the attraction of the center and the doctor. His staff is courteous and professional and I appreciate their customer service orientation.
While Dr. Eckel stays busy, that is not reflected in the examining room. His easy-going manner suggests that he has all the time in the world to devote to the patient. What appeals to me is his sense of humor. That in itself has a curative effect!
Thanks, Dr. Eckel, for being the person you are.
Gift of experience
With an increased awareness of literacy issues in our schools and community, I would like to offer an idea for those who might want to give presents for the holiday season to children from families needing assistance.
There are many church groups and community agencies collecting funds and holiday items. Rather than giving those items that will disappear in a short time, I encourage the gift of experiences.
Children cannot learn to read easily if they have no experience upon which to connect their reading. One might be amazed at how many children in our area have never seen the ocean, been to the Florida Museum of Natural History, Paynes Prairie or to the springs areas.
I urge adults in our community to make the effort to get these children out into their world with church, school and agency field trips to facilitate their efforts to master reading comprehension.
Save the Job Corps
During these challenging economic times, I am glad that the Gainesville Job Corps Center is still a high performing Job Corps Center which partners with our local leaders, community groups and businesses, creating jobs and investing dollars in the local economy.
Amidst rumors that the Gainesville Job Corps Center is shutting down or losing its contract, the staff is still committed to assisting at-promise youth with acquiring their high school diplomas, GEDs, vocation and driver's license.
I visit the center often and am able to witness firsthand the remarkable services offered to the youth. I ask that other local elected officials and community leaders join me in supporting Job Corps by contacting your state and congressional leaders in support of this very worthwhile job creating program. The closing of this facility would be devastating to our local community.
Alena K. Lawson
The best Nutcracker
The Sun's Nov. 2 “Nutcracker 101” article was an interesting review of the iconic holiday performance but did leave out some crucial information.
Many studios perform “The Nutcracker,” but only one professional company in our area, Dance Alive National Ballet, has annually brought it to the stage for almost five decades.
Dance Alive is the state touring company of Florida and includes professional dancers from Brazil and Russia who are exquisite to watch. Treat yourself to seeing professional dancers in their element this season as Dance Alive's version of “The Nutcracker” is a feast for the senses.
Lighting the tree
I commend the city of Gainesville and event coordinator David Ballard for the wonderful holiday tree lighting event at the Thomas Center.
Mayor Craig Lowe's remarks welcomed everyone, of all religious beliefs, to the event. This meant a lot to my family, as we encompass both Christian and Jewish faiths.
We all enjoyed the beautiful tree, visits with Santa, cookies, running into friends and neighbors, and the wonderful musical groups. It was an event people of all religious faiths could enjoy.
A magical play
Congratulations to the cast and crew of P.K. Yonge's “Peter Pan and Wendy,” directed by Kathy Byrne. The play was marvelous! The acting, costumes, sets and technical elements were beautiful and helped transport the audience to a magical place for a few hours. I really hope P.K. Yonge treasures its young thespians and the fabulous team Ms. Byrne has assembled to bring productions such as this to the stage.
Still a winner
Congratulations to the five Spirit of Gainesville award recipients and nominees. While not selected as an official award recipient, on behalf of all his patients, we confidently bestow Dr. Stephen E. Landay and his staff accolades for their spirits that bless his patients and families each and every day.
Kevin and Kyra Purvis,
Where were they?
Saturday, Dec. 1, was a great day in Gainesville, yet no one knew about it.
The 500 women of the Gainesville Junior League worked all year long to bring Christmas to over 540 families on that day. All the local news were invited to cover this event, but chose not to.
The media covered the madness of Black Friday, but not the mothers and fathers lining up Friday night, spending a cold night in a parking lot on Main Street, so that their children would have presents for Christmas.
The Junior League, along with donations from local businesses and restaurants, filled a warehouse full of toys, bikes and holiday cheer. Santa was there, UF athletes as a part of the Goodwill Gators were there, the Junior League was there, families in need of a little help were there, but the Gainesville Sun, TV20 and GTN were not.
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