Letters to the Editor for Jan. 18, 2013


Published: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.

Lazy people litter

Only inconsiderate, lazy people use our county roadways as their personal trash bins when they toss trash out their vehicle window. And cigarette butts tossed are, in many counties and states, considered littering and can be fined. Far worse is the potential for wild grass fires.

Taxpayers pay for the crews that have to pick up all this debris before any county mowing or trimming can be done.

Come on! Keep a plastic bag in your car to put your trash in until you can dispose of it. And, 99.99 percent of all vehicles have an ashtray, so use it.

Jamie Mathis,

Branford

Change gun culture

The Second Amendment protects the right to own guns, but too often we see that right abused and people die. Gun proponents say we can't change the culture of gun ownership.

I remember back in the 1960s when cigarette smoking was part of the culture. It's taken almost 50 years, but smoking is no longer a part of the culture. Smokers are looked upon with distaste, no longer welcome in restaurants or in the workplace.

So culture can be changed. We need to make guns unwelcome in schools, restaurants and workplaces. We can require gun owners to take classes prior to getting licenses to own guns. We can do a better job of screening out people who shouldn't have licenses to own guns. If we can take driver's licenses away from drunk drivers, we should be able to take the privilege of gun ownership from those who abuse it.

Bud Jones,

Newberry

Wary of drones

UF President Bernie Machen's vision and connections have been instrumental in innovative companies such as Prioria setting up shop in Gainesville.

Prioria is a company focused on “delivering cost-effective and innovative solutions to civilian and commercial markets and to our nation's military.” Its Merlin platform is designed to “enable image processing and vision-based control to be performed onboard and, in general, aims to reduce reliance on ground station.”

Prioria is an innovative company, but they are not alone. Rapid advances in unmanned aerial vehicle and drone technologies will undoubtedly occur. Proliferation of these devices will follow. Yet these technologies are steeped in controversy.

Needless to say, unmanned aircraft systems could easily end up in the wrong hands — or be used indiscriminately by private individuals, companies or governments.

Diane Forkel,

Gainesville

Minutes save lives

In regards to Dr. James Hurst's op-ed (Sun, Jan.20 ) in favor of a new trauma center that recently opened in Ocala, this seems like a very simple issue. There is not a trauma center in the Ocala area so how can anyone be against opening one up? I'm not a doctor nor am I in the health care field, but it's very obvious that time is the most important issue when dealing with serious, life-threatening issues.

If a loved one has a serious medical problem, I would want the fastest medical attention possible. Getting to a health care facility in a matter of minutes can be critical to saving lives. Wouldn't you want a hospital to handle your situation in minutes rather than having to be transported on a helicopter that can take over an hour to get there? I know that I would.

Brandon Laines,

Gainesville

Obama is a liar

President Obama claims that if Republicans don't give him the unlimited credit card he wants to raise our debt limit, that the elderly are in danger of not receiving their Social Security checks. He knows there are billions of dollars rolling into the government each month and the elderly will not be in danger, but once again Obama is playing this card to try to get his way.

In 2006, Obama made a speech sharply criticizing Bush for out-of-control spending. Obama is proving himself to be a liar, a hypocrite and, worse for all Americans, a failed president.

The real tragedy is how the media fails to hold him accountable for his own words and gives him a pass. Our debt has to be addressed immediately. All politicians know this but there is no true leadership in Washington. And the voters continue to send the same failed leaders back to office.

Dean Tate,

Newberry

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