Letters to the Editor for Jan. 17, 2013
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:42 p.m.
Votes voided by court
When you vote on something at the ballot box and a court says don't count the vote, is that proper? Last November, there was a issue on the ballot in High Springs to limit additional debt that the City Commission could approve to no more than $1 million. Anything more would require a four-fifths commission vote and voter approval.
After it went to the elections office, city resident Ross Ambrose tried to stop it from getting on the ballot and challenged it in court with a lawsuit. After months of hearings, Judge Stanley Griffis III gave Ross his filing fees because the city did violate records law, again.
To avoid a lengthy court battle, the city basically voided the vote of 1,801 voters in High Springs who wanted debt control. And it opened the door for the current new City Commission majority to add millions more in debt.
Cars kill, too
I am 100 percent behind the current administration's proposal to end the tragic deaths of children and young adults by eliminating the means that kills so many of them. As a result, I am encouraging everyone to drive down to the local police station and turn in their motor vehicles.
This would save the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year and prevent serious and often crippling injuries to hundreds of thousands of others, a great many of whom are children and young adults.
All sports have risk
Let's put a stop to the grounded cheerleaders. These poor kids at the Gator games really don't know what to do anymore.
Let these cheerleaders do what they do best. Some of these kids have been cheering and competing since they were young. They're fulfilling a dream to cheer at the college level. This was not their idea of cheering.
I am aware of the concern that started this grounding rule. The incident at the NBA game was not first, nor will it be the last. I am all for safeguards, but every activity has a risk. We can't take away those activities, we apply safety nets.
If we are so concerned about harming kids, then maybe football players shouldn't leap head first to score touchdowns, gymnastics shouldn't fly through the air and baseball players shouldn't slide head first. Any of these activities put athletes at risk.
Bats eat bugs
A warm wet winter can mean a bug boom in the spring. Let's be prepared by removing any standing water and raking up wet leaves. Let's have our Halloween houses with real spiderwebs — don't sweep down their egg sacks and let the little ones do their thing. They are some of God's most amazing creatures.
Even more amazing is the voracious appetite for mosquitoes of our Halloween friend, the bat. Spring is the time to put up bat houses, placing them 20 to 30 feet up with lots of Florida sun. It's best that houses are away from trees, shade and street lights, and have nearby water. The houses can hold over a hundred bats. Better to be haunted by bats than hounded by bugs.
Let students decide
Darnell Rhea's views (Sun, Jan. 11) on evolution need much clarification. Facts are observed, measured and recorded events by humans. Scientific theories are observable, testable, repeatable and falsifiable.
Just as evolutionists weren't there to see life evolving over speculated millions or billions of years ago, neither were creationists there to see the events of the six days of creation in the garden. Therefore, both evolution and creation are models of the origin of unobserved prehistory.
Western science has been hijacked by those who believe that all organisms, processes and phenomena can only be explained by the interactions of matter by natural laws. The possibility of a supreme being and the supernatural must be condemned and ridiculed!
What is wrong with teaching students the presuppositions and logic of both evolution and creation in our schools and let them decide which belief system is believable?
David A. Kaufmann