Letters to the Editor for Dec. 13, 2012


Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:48 p.m.

Don't push science over the fiscal cliff

This January, core government functions such as scientific research, education, public safety and environmental protection will face deep cuts under budget sequestration.

If lawmakers cannot put politics aside to avoid continued cuts to these programs, our nation's security, global competitiveness and economic growth will be compromised. Teachers will be taken out of classrooms, cutting-edge research will be stifled and conservation of America's natural resources will be diminished.

Experts agree these essential jobs and services are not the drivers of our nation's debt, and these federal programs have already done more than their part to reduce the deficit ... cut to levels not seen since the Eisenhower presidency.

I urge the president and members of Congress to work together to find a balanced approach to address the deficit and to prevent further cuts to science.

Carrie Schuman,

Gainesville

Scalia and gays

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of same sex marriage and DOMA. Antonin Scalia, the extremely conservative justice, recently gave a speech at Princeton University. During the question and answer period, a gay student asked why he equates laws banning sodomy with laws banning beastiality and murder.

Scalia answered with his own question: If we can't have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we against murder? He deadpanned the audience by saying, "I am surprised that you are not persuaded."

Actually, we should not be surprised by Scalia's remarks, as his writings often dehumanize gays. Good luck to the Supreme Court. My hope is that the other justices are more "humanized" than Scalia.

B. James Quigley,

Gainesville

It's still a sin

I am saddened by the news with respect to homosexuals' marriage. The approval of same-sex marriage is being taken for a right when it is an obvious scandalous mistake.

I am a Roman Catholic but not a religious fanatic. Moral education, as far as religion is concerned, seems to come from a different planet than Earth. Whoever has studied scriptures know that homosexuality is contrary to the will of God.

It seems to me that this is like approving adultery. Sin is sin. One sin cannot be erased from the list while the other ones remain.

What "role model" will a boy or girl have if they are raised by two parents of the opposite sex? Our future children are being formed in a crooked environment.

Humanity is obviously crooked, mentally unstable. We will end worse than Sodoma and Gomorra. God have mercy!

Milagros Delgado

McMahon,

Gainesville

Winning the peace

In her long Dec. 2 Speaking Out, Debby Titlebaum Newman asks why Arabs hate Jews. She complains about Hamas-fired rockets and how these scare her young children and adds "1 don't want to hear all the ignorant responses about occupation, settlements and the mistreatment of the Palestinian people."

To answer her question, it would be helpful to give some information about Gaza and the people who live there.

Gaza is a tiny piece of land, about 17 miles long and 8 miles wide, not much greater than Gainesville in area. In it are herded 1.7 million Palestinians, virtually all of them descendants of people who lived in what is now Southern Israel, who were expelled at gunpoint during the two years that preceded the creation of the state of Israel.

The people in Gaza are reacting to the crimes which have been committed, and continue to be committed, against them. Therefore: Stop the crimes and win the peace.

Elizabeth Stuhlberg,

Gainesville

‘Fix' Social Security

To fix Social Security all the United States has to do is pay back to the Social Security Fund the $2 trillion that it has stolen over the years; that'll fix it right up.

They're going to take the annual COLA raise away when we've only received one in the last four years.

By the way, why doesn't anyone ever talk about how much the federal and state employees' benefit package costs the taxpayers? You know I'm talking about the Senate and House and the president! We could save a lot of money there, I'll bet!

Hugh F. Doran,

Fort White

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