Letters to the Editor for Dec. 28, 2012
Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 11:48 p.m.
Restore Glen Springs
Great idea about obtaining the Glen Springs pool from the Elks Lodge and adding this gem to the park system. It borders the Alfred Ring Park, so much of the visitor facilities are already there.
The building could house a nice museum about Gainesville days gone past. I am for restoring the site to its recreation heyday, not as a swimming place but as a historical landmark. It would be a shame to remove the pool.
As for the usual problem of obtaining funding, has anybody thought of asking Tom Petty?
A whites-only pool
How callous of Robert McNight and Ron Cunningham (Dec. 23) to write that Glen Springs was a public pool. Glen Springs was part of a vicious system, for only white people.
We hope that all of the people who enjoyed "...a whole day of play and pleasure..." with no thoughts of all those in the community who could not go there will send tons of money to the clean-up fund to pay in part for their white-skinned privileges.
Laura and James Winefordner,
Over the cliff
Many references have been made by politicians and their supporters to returning to America's economic glory days, or more specifically, President Clinton's economy. During this period of time taxes were higher for everyone and spending was down.
If higher taxes and less spending were responsible for the Clinton economy then why the fear over the fiscal cliff? Taxes will go up for everyone including the upper 1 percent, spending will go down for our largest deficit creator in the military, and our economy should stabilize.
Letting everyone share in this belt tightening seems the fairest approach and it also takes all the wimpy politicians off the hook.
There for a short while the president and house speaker were getting close to a compromise on the "fiscal cliff." But apparently the tea partiers threw a tantrum and any deal went south.
Tea party members refuse to compromise in any way. They are like spoiled little 5-year-olds who, if they don't get their way, leave and take their ball home.
That's OK, however. They won't have a presence in the House after the next election. People with any intelligence will see that their absolute refusal to compromise is destroying the Republican Party and the United States, and won't vote for anyone who identifies with them.
I love it that Grover Norquist now says that a tax increase isn't a tax increase! I thought only David Copperfield could pull such a trick.
Thomas R. Weller,
It's not the gun
Just so were clear the Second Amendment to the Constitution was not based on whether the gun shoots one bullet or a dozen. Its intent was to allow for the common man to own a gun, to form a militia for the purpose of maintaining a free state, so the government cannot enslave you.
Just because that hasn't happened doesn't diminish that right. Why in this country are we so palatable to having law abiding citizen's rights or freedoms removed or restricted because of the few who cannot or are unable to follow laws?
However horrible and unconscionable massacres of children are, people who own guns, largely aren't the problem.
This is a problem that should address the root causes of these actions, and our inability to help those who feel taking another's life is their only relief from their anguish.
The greater truth
The most quoted line during NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre's shameful and misguided first statement since Newtown, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," may carry a modicum of truth.
However, the greater truth the NRA fails to realize is one way to stop a bad guy is to prevent him from getting a gun in the first place. Once a gun is acquired and enables one to amplify the expression of their violent intent with extreme lethality, the battle is largely lost.
Given that truth can we say background checks are too much to ask?
Our gun rights
Richard Scher's 16 paragraph anti-gun Speak Out column on Dec.23 (What the president can do about gun violence) could have been condensed into one sentence: "The intent of the Second Amendment was to allow Americans to keep and bear arms for defensive, not offensive, purposes."
The rest of the piece consisted of arguments that would stop or hinder law-abiding citizens from doing just that. None of them would stop the evil or mentally ill from obtaining a gun. The shooter in the Newtown, Conn., tragedy is the latest example.
I believe that if you look at the incidences of mass shootings you will find that they occurred where the victims were defenseless. Larry Correia, a gun expert, says "Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period."
For further information on Correia's expertise I would direct you to http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/an-opinion-on-gun-control/.
Time to shut up
A word of advice for the NRA: It is time to shut up. In my opinion, the more you talk the worse you look.
You will never convince me that limits on assault weapons, high capacity magazines and "sure kill" bullets won't make kids, or anyone else, safer. Or that these things are needed for hunting deer!
What kind of sportsmanship is that?
So many sins
"Sin is sin," Milagros McMahon stated in his Dec. 22 reference to scriptures and homosexuality. My readings of scripture invoke much wonder.
Eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11.10), but is it a lesser abomination than homosexuality?
I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35.2 clearly states he should be put to death. I know from Leviticus 11.6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. What about all of those people playing football?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Leviticus 19.19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester). Leviticus 24.10-16 says the town is supposed to stone them.
Leviticus 25.44 states that I may possess slaves provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. Exodus 21.7 sanctions selling one's daughter into slavery.
Tasha Christos Oyasin,
A shameful abuse
Why do some people feel that just because there is a Handicapped Parking Permit in the vehicle they are driving, allows them to use it even though they are not handicapped?
I am continually disgusted to see younger people, that are obviously not handicapped, but driving Mom's or Grandma's vehicle with a permit, abuse this privilege.
Please leave these limited and reserved parking spaces for those who really need them! You should be ashamed of yourselves!
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