Letters to the editor, Dec. 16
Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 3:59 p.m.
Why I'll gladly support Trader Joe's
It was good to read about the warm reception Gainesville gave to the new Trader Joe's in Butler Plaza. Trader Joe's will be an asset to our community, not least because of their commitment to fair wages and fair working conditions for the men and women who harvest Florida tomatoes and other produce.
Last February Trader Joe's joined Whole Foods in signing the Fair Food Agreement with Florida growers and farm workers. They are the only supermarket chains to do so.
Trader Joe's is a partner in the continuing effort for justice for farm workers, alongside Rabbis for Human Rights, the Presbyterian Church Fair Food Campaign, and, locally, our own Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice.
Welcome! I'll be proud to shop at your store.
Richard K. MacMaster,
Too soon forgotten
An enormous ship now berthed near the USS Arizona has equally large symbolic importance. It is the Battleship Missouri, where the war that began with the Arizona's destruction ended.
Two memorials representing the alpha and omega of U.S. involvement in World War II. What a fitting backdrop for the remembrance ceremonies held at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 for those killed in the attack.
Yet the writer of the AP article describing them (Dec. 8) marred an otherwise fine report by somehow managing to totally ignore the Missouri's presence and significance, while devoting 23 words to a jet that "scraped its tail" on a runway. Amazing.
Nevertheless, those killed did not die in vain. The attack, while a tactical victory, was a strategic disaster for the Japanese. The U.S. fleet carriers, the key to victory in the Pacific, were absent, and a previously largely pacifistic American public was enraged.
DUI isn't as ‘sexy' as gun violence to media
Recently, a professional football player killed his girlfriend — the mother of his child — and then himself, with a gun. There was great national outrage and many pundits commented about how our country needed stricter gun control to prevent such tragedies.
A week later, another professional football player killed a teammate and injured himself in a DUI car crash. Crickets could be heard in the deafening national silence from the pundits. No call to outlaw cars, no requirements for stricter alcohol control.
According to the DrinkingandDriving.org website, "In America on average, nearly 12,000 people die every year in DUI-related accidents...." According to the Gunpolicy.org website, there were 9146 gun violence deaths in our country in 2010.
Because DUI isn't a sexy liberal cause, there's not the same coverage in the media. Where's the real problem?
We want the bread and circus, not taxes
In regard to the current ‘fiscal cliff" negotiations, we Americans have not been paying the taxes necessary to fund our obligations.
We accept tax cuts in lieu of bread and circus. We also have used our federal credit card to fund two wars.
Bush II gave us an unfunded Medicare drug program. Our corporations often pay little or no tax, moaning about a 35 percent tax rate that does not exist because of the many exemption loopholes their lobbyists write into tax laws. Nearly half of federal income tax filers pay no tax.
It is not fair to call Social Security an "entitlement." It is paid for by worker and employer contributions that Congress has used for other purposes, issuing bonds that now have to be redeemed.
It seems that most of the nation is on the dole in one way or another. "Dole Nation."
It's not ‘sour grapes,' it's his bad record
Peter Colverson (Voice, Dec. 4) described comments from "disappointed Republicans" as "sour grapes." And added, "Obviously we don't share your fears as we believe in the work the president has done in the last four years."
Some of the "work" the president accomplished include:
* Sued Arizona for attempting to enforce immigration laws.
* Failed to secure borders.
* Allowed the Fast and Furious gun debacle.
* Has not passed a budget.
* Gave incredible sums to failed companies like Solyndra.
* Denied the Keystone pipeline while frustrating coal and oil industries.
* Presided over a floundering foreign policy.
* Obfuscated facts related to the Libyan embassy disaster.
* Increased the national debt by more than all previous presidents combined.
With our national debt climbing beyond reality and the president behaving like a ruler, I hope and pray it was just an election that was lost.
Joseph J. Sabatella,
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