Letters to the Editor for Jan. 3, 2013


Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

A phony report

Why would a company spend money to discourage purchasing its product? It is the government, silly, and it is not supposed to make sense.

After failed attempts with Gainesville Regional Utilities' website and 10 minutes on hold, I finally got to speak with a representative. My theory regarding GRU's Home Energy Report was confirmed. GRU does not consider the square footage or occupancy of the homes used to compare our energy usage.

This report is an unscientific waste of money and fraudulent. No government agency should provide a product that the private sector can produce; therefore, government should not be involved in the energy business. Also, government should not violate the privacy of families.

Solar feed-in is wealth redistribution upwardly, and biomass is inefficient and primitive. The environmental movement is a method to control the masses and a totally contrived sham.

Lloyd W. Bailey, Jr.,

Gainesville

Serve the ‘people'

What ever happen to "by the people, for the people"?

Once again the people some of us elected have done nothing for the people. It's all about them! What makes them look good in the eyes of the minority who have them in their back pockets.

They keep us in suspense until the last minute trying to show that they are in control. They make it difficult for themselves, our president, their staff, etc. ... Not to mention dollars spent to keep things running while they play their silly game.

Luckily the majority of us do not do business in this way or nothing would ever get done.

Come on you Republicans and tea party people; be loyal, patriotic and do your job in a respectable manner.

Diane Rosenberg,

Gainesville

Pass a budget now

If readers are as disappointed in our Congress as I am, please send a message like the one below to your senators and representatives:

You folks have been aware of the budget sequestration that today we call the fiscal cliff since the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011. For you to have not resolved this situation, to have considered the fiscal responsibility of the United States a political football, to have attempted to wish away your responsibility, is contemptible.

As a body, you have failed your primary responsibility. You do not deserve to remain in office. You do not deserve your salaries and numerous other perks. Set your egos and your party dogmas aside and do your job for the American people.

Stop kicking the can down the road. Cooperate, negotiate. and produce a budget — now.

Stephen Packard,

Gainesville

Fox News is fair

Give me a break. The editorial cartoon that accompanied the Dec. 30 Speaking Out by Carl Ramey shows Fox television viewers watching garbage. Intelligent viewers watch all channels, as we do.

We watch Fox because they show not only Republicans but also Democrats (excuse me, an exception, Obama has been invited, but has chosen not to appear in person).

We compare all the major networks and we find Fox has far less bias than the others. Last I heard we have the freedom to choose whatever we want to on TV. Right?

Barbara Collett,

Gainesville

A costly ‘fix'

After reading the recent Sun article about costs to be incurred with new school security, I ran the quick numbers.

Eleven school guards at $5,100 a day works out to $425 an officer per day, or $25,500 a week, or $348,300 for the balance of the school year.

This seems excessive. It might be better to contract out security to private concerns, or hire 11 new officers.

Hopefully this is a quick fix and our elected officials will make the best decisions for our childrens' safety without bankrupting our county.

Grady Epperson,

Williston

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