Letters to the Editor for Jan. 4, 2012
Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.
Why another homeless center?
Do we really need a homeless center, with the unemployment rate below 7 percent, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics for Alachua County?
I am not against helping those in need of help. My issue is with the local government being in competition with agencies like the St. Francis House, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and others. These agencies have a proven track record of helping the poor.
City and county governments are having budget issues every year. Where are they going to get the tax money to fund the center? Grants are fine but don't last forever.
And if the city and county have over-taxed their citizens, then either give money back to the citizens or donate it to proven local charity organizations.
If it sounds like I don't trust the government, you are right.
Steven L. McAninch,
No place like home
As exciting as it is to travel to other countries, there is absolutely no place like America. That is why so many people throughout the years have tried so hard to make this country their homeland. Coming from somewhere else, or traveling there and back, you know the difference.
There is no question that this country is worth fighting for. For the men and women that do just that, more than "Welcome home" is needed. They need all of us to help them better acclimate to the civilian life they once knew.
My grandfather was a doctor in World War II and never recovered upon his return. He didn't get the help he needed. It affects an entire family for generations. We need to do what we can to figure out how to help these men and women mentally, emotionally and physically after they come home. It's worth fighting for.
UF shouldn't charge for transcripts
There is something wrong about paying tuition and living expenses at the University of Florida and then paying a hefty amount in dollars for official transcripts.
The University of Florida, being a public school, depends on state budgets; tax-derived income. Yet the school maintains that the transcript fee of $12 is needed.
I'm a UF alum and I noted that UF's fee is one of the highest in Florida. I'm writing in hope that staff members look at UF's spending records, because the current alumnus fee is unjustifiable and unfair.
Insanity in gun debate
As more and more nonsensical solutions to the nation's periodic massacre problems are reported, none is more idiotic than the proposition of arming all the teachers in our schools. A recent letter in The Sun suggested just that.
So what if that writer's problem fix did indeed bar potential shooters from classrooms, what's next? Must we arm the staff of movie theaters, the beer vendor at professional sports events, the peanut and popcorn guy at amateur events? Where does it end?
Granted, deranged people do deranged things. Surely all can agree that, at minimum, laws must be in place to prevent these people from obtaining guns.
Moreover, in establishing sensible gun legislation, our legislators are the first who should have their sanity checked. Currently, they operate insanely when it comes to legislation about guns.
Counter the NRA
The NRA has ruled over our politicians for decades, playing on our fears and paranoia and spouting a mangled and misguided interpretation of the Second Amendment and patriotism.
As citizens we have to take a stand by doing something in 2013:
1. Write to our congressmen and legislators supporting new gun controls, especially bans on automatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips.
2. Boycott stores that sell guns and ammo not designed for hunting or sport shooting.
3. Refuse to vote for politicians that accept money from the NRA or similar lobbyists.
4. Support legislation to support and strengthen mental health treatment.
5. Speak up. Do something.
The NRA has spent millions over the years to perpetuate their belief that more guns are the answer to everything. It is surely time for the rest of us to lobby for sanity.