Letters to the Editor for Jan. 15, 2013


Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.

Insure athletes

I believe that every college athlete, when competing in a sport that earns money for the institution, should be "paid" with a guaranteed lifetime medical insurance policy. This eliminates the disparity of who gets paid for what sport.

Plus, when I see an injured student lying on the court or being helped off the field, I'll feel a little better knowing that he or she will have coverage decades later when the injury's long-term consequences set in.

Alice Gridley,

Gainesville

Investors triple taxed

A recent commentary by Harold Myerson argued that the fiscal cliff compromise passed by Congress unfairly rewarded investors over wage earners by setting a higher income tax rate on wages than investment income.

His commentary contained a mass of figures involving off-shore corporate production and earnings and variations in the gross domestic product over the years, all "proving" that corporate profits have risen more rapidly than laborers' wages. Therefore, he reasons, investment income should be taxed at a higher rate than wage income.

His mass of figures confirms the old adage: "Figures can lie and liars can figure." Myerson conveniently omitted that the investor is triple taxed before he gets to keep any of his investment income. His own earned income from which he invests, the corporate profits out of which his dividends are paid, and finally, his dividend income are all subjected to taxes. Workers' wages are taxed only once.

Helen Tolmach,

Gainesville

Lay off Muschamp

Your recent "Losing with Class" editorial had much merit, but claiming that Coach Will Muschamp's "sideline tirades set an unfortunate tone," is erroneous and out of place.

Perhaps your editorial writers do not watch enough college football to have true perspective. Far more egregious are frequent actions of such coaches as Bo Pellini, Chip Kelly, Mike Gundy, Paul Johnson, Jim Mora Jr., Bob Stoops and Dana Holgorsen.

And compared to the Ol' Ball Coach's demonstrative sideline displays that could go on throughout most of a game, Muschamp may get upset four or five times. But most importantly, Muschamp also is quick to go "boom" when players do good things deserving of hugs, yells, smiles and jumps — something we never see from many coaches.

Get off Muschamp's back for his freewheeling emotionalism until there is proof his methods are not effective with or accepted by the young men he is teaching.

Stan Huguenin,

Hawthorne

Guns and principals

Armed guards in every school in America? Give me a break. You want safety in our schools? There is a simple solution: require all principals and assistant principals to be trained and certified to carry a firearm.

This does not require them to carry one, it only means they are trained and certified. Once certified, these people never need to see, use or carry a firearm again.

When crazy people show up at a school to create a massacre, they do not want a gun fight. If the assailant does not know if the principal or assistant principal has a weapon, they will seek out other locations to create strife.

Don't think this idea works? Ride a plane lately? Terrorists don't want a gun fight either.

Tom Shed,

Gainesville

Taking away guns

I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns. It was called "Schindler's List."

John Nabet,

Gainesville

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