Letters to the Editor for Dec. 30, 2012


Published: Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11:50 p.m.

Why double-down on a bad biomass deal?

The Dec. 26th Sun editorial referred to critics of the GREC biomass plant as gripers. These highly intelligent and well informed citizens spent years presenting documented evidence to the city commission showing the GRU/GREC biomass contract to be unnecessary and an expensive and risky deal — asking them to exit the contract.

Now that GRU's general manager recently admitted GREC violated the terms of the contract by selling a portion of its ownership without giving GRU right to first offer, the contract could very well be void.

I do not know any investor who would double down on a bad investment, so why should GRU customers be forced to do so? Surely not to enrich the GREC investors and give city commissioners political cover.

Debbie Martinez,

Gainesville

Here's an idea: Dissolve Congress

I am not much of an Obama fan, but these days I'm even less of a Congress fan. How about trying the following:

We empower Obama to dissolve Congress, stop their paychecks and send them all home. Give them two weeks to clear everything out of their offices, then send the Capitol Police around to lock the buildings.

After a few more weeks, when the hullabaloo dies down, send the National Guard into the buildings to remove all the furniture, equipment etc., take it down to the National Mall and have a huge garage sale. Give the proceeds to a worthy charitable organization.

Then, open the vacated Congressional buildings to the homeless and name it the National Homeless Center.

Maybe in 2014 we can try another election. But who knows?

Oh! Did I mention that we stop their paychecks?

Ed Burns,

Newberry

No quick-fix to what ails our society

When will our politicians and the American public wake up and address what the real issues are concerning our country and stop trying to make a quick fix of our problems.

The anti-gunners have been waiting for a reason to jam their true agenda down the average American's throat. That is a ban on all firearms.

Poll after poll taken from average Americans, many not even firearm owners, support firearm ownership and the Second Amendment. The tragedy in Connecticut is how bad our society has become.

The Brady Bill requires a instant background check in all states. The problem is it does not include a mental health check. This is due to the federal HIPAA law.

Connecticut already has an assault weapon ban in place. So you have a mentally ill individual who stole his mother's weapons.

No firearm ban could have prevented this tragedy.

Robert Monica,

Bell

Nuclear power is vital to Florida's future

As the acrimonious discussions over the work in progress (WIP) financing of nuclear plants in Florida continues, it is important to keep sight of how important this technology is for our state.

The average plant provides 3,500 jobs that are highly skilled and high paying. Altogether the region surrounding a plant benefits from over $400 million a year in economic activity, of which $40 million is in salaries.

That is on top of the fact that there are essentially no air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions.

There is no question nuclear energy will grow in this country, as we cannot meet our country's economic and environmental goals without a substantial contribution from nuclear. In that energy future, Florida will best be served by having our own plants.

Otherwise, Florida will end up importing nuclear electricity from our neighbors and exporting jobs and money to those other states.

James Tulenko,

Gainesville

Good guys and bad guys and bullets

Wayne LaPierre says “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Adam Lanza used a semi-automatic rifle with a 30-shot clip and was protected by body armor. So, using LaPierre's logic, the only way to stop another Lanza armed with a semi-automatic rifle with a 30-shot clip and protected by body armor is to place a “good guy” armed with a semi-automatic rifle with a 30-shot clip and protected by body armor in all 98,817 K-12 schools in the U.S.

Of course those 98,817 “good guys” with semi-automatic rifles with 30-shot clips and protected by body armor may not be on high alert every moment every day all year.

Hmm, maybe we need two or three “good guys” armed with semi-automatic rifles with 30-shot clips and protected by body armor in all 98,817 schools.

Geoff Pietsch,

Gainesville

Get the facts about guns for yourself

There's a lot of rancor, misinformation, and outright lies on both sides of the gun control debate. It behooves everyone to educate themselves as to the facts of an issue in order to wade through all the garbage that may be presented by both factions.

As an aid in your quest for truth, I would like to suggest the following website: www.gunsandcrime.org. It is a somewhat scholarly site that has collated a great deal of information and statistics. I would also suggest emailing the link to your representatives, state and federal.

To quote the introduction to the website: “If you don't care enough to learn, please have the decency to avoid doing things that might eliminate the ability of others to protect themselves, their families, their neighbors, and you — or you might steal the liberty of our descendants.”

Glen Saucier,

Branford

The NRA's true goal: Gun sales galore

The NRA's vice president is an excellent salesman for guns. First let us make guns available to criminals and all — under the disguise of the Second Amendment — then sell guns to good guys to defend themselves.

Thus for any gun sold to a criminal, you end up selling innumerable guns to the good guys to defend themselves.

I wonder if this NRA official would be saying the same thing, if God forbid, one of his own were the victim of this gun madness!

There will always be bad guys, and to make guns available to them is criminal.

Where is the need for Army-style assault weapons and magazines carrying scores of bullets?

If we were to follow the NRA's advice we will be providing guns to every patient, every doctor, every priest, every teacher, every student et al. What an unimaginable scenario!

Nand Sharma,

Gainesville

Target practice

Florida state Rep. Dennis Baxley has proposed arming primary school educators. So kindergarten teacher Suzy Sweetcheeks is supposed to go up against an AR-15 toting armored nutcase who has just blasted his way in through the school's front door with her personal popgun?

An annual training requirement for NRA members should be “modern sporting reality:” Shoot a big clip and turn in at least 1 target featuring a 5-year-old girl in a red frilly dress.

David A. Carlson,

Gainesville

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