Letters to the Editor for Jan. 11, 2013
Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:32 p.m.
Green space gone
At the same time the University of Florida touts its sustainability, it continues to clear its green spaces for more buildings. The park-like southwest corner of University Avenue and 13th Street is next to go so that another business building can be erected, thanks in part to an influential private donor.
Rather than place the building in the parking lot as originally intended (with parking on the lower level — an actual sustainable model), the university instead decided it wants more of a presence at this intersection (is there really any doubt?).
One of the trees marked for removal is a magnolia planted in memory of UF accounting student Michael Stephen Shields. What would have been the only pretty landscaped corner amid the immense buildings at this intersection (University Corners is back on track) will now be gone forever.
Eat fruit and veggies
The Sun recently published an insert entitled “2013 Guide to Well-Being”. It was a useful reminder for the coming year. However, it was surprising that “healthy” included a photo of medical people.
We need them only when we get sick. Of course, they can also help us keep track of our blood pressure and sugar in the blood. However, our health is more dependent on our exercise and what we eat. The healthy section would have been more useful if it mentioned exercise goals (e.g. walking, biking, zumba) and fitness gyms.
What we eat each week is important and we need to eat more vegetables and fruits. Some good vegetarian recipes would be good to share. Hopefully in 2014 the insert will be expanded.
Homeless will benefit
Thank you to City Commissioner Randy Wells and everyone who is working to bring the homeless one-stop center to the abandoned correctional institution on Northeast 39th Avenue.
Along with the St. Francis House and several others places, we hopefully can get a good start on housing and feeding the homeless children, veterans, disabled, pregnant women and others in our community who are suffering.
Where's the apology? For what, you ask? For printing phrases like, “Insurance rates for families will decrease by an average of $2,500,” and “You'll be able to keep your own doctor.”
Or, you could condense it by saying, “We, as well as the rest of the liberal media, are sorry for printing Obamacare's lies even though anyone with half a brain could figure out the many untruths. We just wanted to get him elected.”
Rate increases of more than 20 percent are hitting small businesses. You knew this was coming because it's part of the plan to push everyone into a single-payer plan.
Small businesses will drop coverage in favor of paying the fine and their employees will be pushed into exchanges manned by the same companies upping their rates.
The next repeated phrase among liberals will be, “Gee, I didn't know that was going to happen.”
Evolution is a fact. Scientists refer to facts as “theories,” which leads some people to say that the “theory” of evolution shouldn't be taught in schools. These people believe that the only theory that should be taught is the belief of Christianity, never mind other religions.
The Bible is a beautiful book. I have eight copies in my home and get inspiration from them. But I realize that the Bible is a recollection of history as told by mortal men many years after the death of Jesus Christ.
A Jan. 5 letter said that “The Florida Department of Education has mandated the teaching of the scientific theory of evolution.” Thank God the department had people who don't have their heads buried in the sand.