Letters to the Editor for Jan. 13, 2013
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.
Price is too high
Jobs. That was the mantra from the proponents (including loggers who will benefit handsomely) justifying the $3 billion contract over 30 (yes, 30) years during the recent biomass meeting. The number being advertised is 700 jobs, only 1 percent of the 90,000 ratepayer households that are necessary to pay 100 percent of the burden of this expensive proposition.
Climate change was another reason noted for the justification of this expensive method to generate electricity. Climate change? To justify the skyrocketing cost of a necessity that everyone uses? This is going to seriously negatively impact the most vulnerable, those at poverty levels that comprise about 24 percent of the population of this county!
Additionally, businesses such as Publix will have to raise their prices to offset the huge increase in electric bills, thus adding another burden to families. There is no question: The price is too high!
Is it a joke? Bernie Machen sets off a search for a new University of Florida president, and with a little push from Gov. Scott, discovers that the best candidate to lead the university into the top 10 is ... himself.
Well, if presiding over the greatest loss of faculty and budget in the UF's history, coupled with enriching legions of new administrators is the ticket into the top 10, then Machen is most definitely the best man for the job.
We can only hope so because calling off a nearly complete presidential search in such spectacular fashion might send the message to anyone considering coming to UF that Florida's flagship university is now the wholly owned property of Gov. Scott, a man whose approval ratings rank a thin hair above that of Congress and cockroaches. But with this kind of meddling, that hair (like Scott's own) may just disappear.
Gators lack creativity
After watching Alabama dismantle the Irish, I think I better understand why Urban Myer left Florida's sunshine for the Big Ten's frosty fields. I'd get sick too if I had to face the flawless play-calling, the disciplined defense and superb offensive execution of the Crimson Tide.
I've been a dedicated Gator for 70 years and for the first time I'm not looking forward to next year. What bothers me is the Gators' lack of creative plays, inconsistent plays, poor play calling, only half an offense (what happened to the passing game? It's still allowed) and the utter lack of discipline. In how many games did penalties result in losses in the past two years?
And finally, I wish the head coach would do his teaching and wild-eyed yelling on the practice field instead of in front of a national TV audience.
Earl "Chuck" Carlson,
Turn off flashers
Driving on the interstate recently, I was frustrated by the number of uneducated and dangerous drivers. Driving in the rain while having your emergency flashers on is not only a bad idea but illegal.
Your perceived good intentions of letting people know that you do not feel comfortable driving in the rain, and that you have dropped your speed 30 miles below posted limits, causes accidents.
When your flashers are on, it is supposed to mean your car is disabled. Other drivers change lanes to avoid you, creating chaos. Other cars slow down abruptly not knowing what the conditions are, creating more congestion. All this is because you feel uneasy with the driving conditions.
How about giving the rest of us a break and create less opportunity for accidents by just pulling off the road when it rains. Then when you are stopped, feel free to put those flashing lights on.
Knee-jerk gun laws
In 1799, George Washington caught a severe viral infection. Physicians' treatment of choice in those days was drawing blood from the patient to "balance the humours" in the person's body. So Washington's doctors bled him.
He got worse. So they bled him again. And again. Ultimately, he lost roughly five pints of blood before he died, which almost certainly contributed to his death.
Nowadays, those of a similarly rigid mindset react to every major gun violence event with the knee-jerk calls for stricter gun control.
The recent high volume of Sun articles and letters shows how charged this issue is. But the clear evidence is that laws banning guns belong in the same dustbin of history as bleeding. Thomas Sowell's commentary "The invincible ignorance of ‘gun control' advocates" (Sun, Dec. 18) gave a fine summary of that evidence.