Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012
Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.
The Libertarian Party is on the ascendency
A big “Thank You” to all those who supported Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party in North Central Florida.
As a state coordinator for Gary Johnson, my first choice would have been to win. My second choice was to change the course of history, boosting Libertarian principles to the top of the political agenda. In this, we succeeded, and Gary Johnson's 1,255,000 votes not only broke Libertarian records but changed history. The party is now a major player in all elections.
Because of the size of the vote in our region we have now opened affiliates in Columbia, Union, Alachua and Suwannee counties. Six months ago, this would only have been a dream. Today, it is the beginning of the end of our governments corrupt and misguided dealings.
Thanks to all who voted their conscience and not for the lessor of two evils.
Random act of kindness at the post office
During the busy holiday season it's nice to be reminded that random acts of kindness still happen. I experienced one recently while waiting in line at the Newberry Post Office.
The office was busy with people sending packages, and after a gruff exchange between the clerk and a customer, everyone seemed a little on edge.
As a customer ahead of me tried to pay for her stamps, the man behind her handed the clerk some cash to cover her bill. He then made his transaction and turned around and covered the shipping on the package I was waiting to mail.
His only response to our protests was that he hoped that one day someone might offer him an act of kindness in a time of need. It was certainly a nice reminder to pay it forward both this holiday season, and all year long.
Another great year for Stop! Children's Cancer
Well, they did it again! Stop! Children's Cancer's Holiday Traditions 16th performance. Remarkably, it does get better every year!
A magnificent effort, from the talented, “brave” soloists, to the well-rehearsed choirs, to the always incredibly surprising Alachua County Youth Orchestra, to the precious kiddies currently being treated for cancer at Shands.
How gratifying to see kids helping kids. How gratifying to be part of the audience knowing that we, too, were assisting in a small way to the efforts of Stop! to raise funds for the “prevention, control and cure” of cancer in children.
To date, $5 million has been raised by this local, not-for–profit organization. Even more important, all the donated funds stay in Gainesville for research and clinical trial at Shands.
Remember to mark your calendar for December 2013, so you, too, can share in this wondrous experience.
Stop! Children's Cancer
The folks behind the tree lighting festivities
Your recent article was wonderfully descriptive of the annual Christmas tree lighting festivities at the Thomas Center. This is a happy occasion sponsored by the City, together with the Duckpond Association's carriage rides.
I wish that mention had been made that our volunteer organization — the Thomas Center Associates — is responsible for all the Christmas decorations at the center. For years this has been our gift to Gainesville. Our volunteers spend long hours preparing bows, garlands, wreaths and decorating the enormous tree.
We hope that when folks visit the center and its landscaped gardens they will be aware of our group's twofold mission: preserving this link with Gainesville's past and enhancing its exhibitions, children's educational programs and the gardens.
Thomas Center Associates
Well deserved honor for Todd Chase
Kudos to Builders Association of North Florida for recognizing City Commissioner Todd Chase for “his outstanding leadership and contributions to the needs of the our community.”
Chase promised to run government like a business and has done that with every comment and vote. Sadly Chase's fellow commissioners have not shown the same recognition of Chase. Their demeanor has been that of petulant children who seem to not have the ability to recognize the wisdom of Chase's comments.
Keep up your hard work, Commissioner Chase. I pray that the other six will gain some wisdom in the coming year.
So long, Ron
As Ron Cunningham retires from being the Sun's editorial page editor and rides his bicycle into the sunset, we wish him well. Under Ron's tutelage the paper's editorial page was oft times controversial and provocative, but never boring. And that's a compliment.
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