Letters to the Editor for Dec. 14, 2012

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:10 p.m.

Time to turn out the pledge signers

Joe Little (Speaking Out, 12-10) as usual hit the nail on the head. It is time that we followed Little's advice and turn out of office those who sign pledges that contradict their responsibility to the Constitution and to their constituencies.

The pledge, by Republicans, to the lobbyist Grover Norquist, is anti-Constitution, counter to the well-being of the majority of Americans, and approaches the level of treason to the country.

Our Congress members should have no other master than the Constitution and the collective voters of their respective state or district. Pledging to Norquist, other individuals or other organizations violates their oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States of America.

Bring home those who fail to understand where their loyalties must be placed.

Bud Byrd,


Use our tax money for peace, not war

The recently published pro-Israel letters and Speaking Out reflect just how deeply troubled and isolated Israel is in the world. But instead of opening their eyes towards Israel's brutality, defenders keep burying their heads in the sand.

Israel killed a Hamas leader who was engaged in negotiations to establish long-term cease fire. Their aim was from the beginning to create a justification for the war in order to destroy weapons depots and boost Netanyahu's (Israel's Prime Minister) standing before the upcoming Israeli elections.

The only way to make peace is by international pressure on both sides to compromise and establish two states according to existing UN resolutions. The pressure on Israel must come from their largest supporter, our government and Congress.

The U.S. is the largest funder of Israel. Our tax money needs to be put in peacemakingm not in sustaining unsustainable brutal Israeli occupation.

John Mirav,


The law of gravity

Will our Congress, with its infinite power and wisdom, repeal the law of gravity before we go over the fiscal cliff? It seems democracy allows us to vote on the scientific facts we like best.

Chandler Otis,


Obama will push us over the fiscal cliff

As Americans head over the fiscal cliff (with conservatives in the "back seat" and Obama driving out of the ditch) some facts are now evident.

Obama is a radical socialist out to redistribute the wealth through the human foil of class envy and will do it by going over the cliff. However he will parachute out before impact and blame it on the Republicans.

After the crash he will pick up the pieces and mold them to his ideologies, his fundamental changes for America.

With his election we are now a certifiable socialist country moving away from our conservative constitutional roots to big government control by regulations, mandates, fear and uncertainty that can cause chaos.

Buckle up or parachute out.

John S. Poser,


Clarification about our bamboo sales

As Kanapaha Botanical Gardens embarks on its 31st annual Winter Bamboo Sale, I would like to clear up some misinformation that readers may have taken from a Dec. 9 Sun article.

Most of the types of bamboo we sell are clumping forms that have no potential for invasiveness. The few "running" bamboos we sell (including the only bamboo species native to the U.S) have been selected to meet specific landscaping functions, and we provide detailed information to all potential buyers to insure that they know how to limit their spread.

Our sale policy is the absolute antithesis of the "let the buyer beware" approach stated in the Sun article. None of our running species are even listed on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's invasive species list. Kanapaha is an educational organization and would never be a party to such environmental recklessness.

Alexis Caffrey,


Kanapaha Botanical




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