Letters to the Editor for Jan. 22, 2013
Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.
Lance for Congress
Lance Armstrong came clean on Oprah Winfrey's show when he admitted that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. He also admitted that he lied under oath, lied to the media, and lied to family and friends.
Now he faces difficult choices in his next career. I would suggest that he consider running for Congress. He is well prepared.
B. James Quigley,
Obama isn't lying
In reference to Dean Tate's letter, "Obama is a liar" (Sun, Jan. 18).
At age 80, it saddens me to read the falsehoods and hatred heaped on President Obama by my fellow Republicans. I have been a Republican all my life and so were both sides of my family all the way back to the time of President Lincoln.
Tate is wrong about billions of dollars rolling into the government monthly. Most of the government's income is paid quarterly. Employers deduct income tax and Social Security funds from their employees' pay weekly, but pay the government quarterly.
The government is now getting less than 60 percent of its income from sources other than borrowing. It is very simple; the monthly bills are close to 50 percent greater than the income.
President Obama is simply trying to explain to the public that the government cannot write bad checks. He is not lying!
I made the mistake of sending money to a charity that had sent me a dime and pre-printed address labels. Now I am getting three or four of these mailing per week with the address labels and a request for a donation.
Why is it that I can't give to one charity of my choice and be done with it? I will not donate to another charity in this manner. I also throw away or recycle all the labels that I receive.
I have a small post office box and when I go once or twice per week, it is stuffed with these types of mailings along with other advertisements that I did not ask to be receive.
How do we stop all the wasted paper from these unwanted mailings?
Cars are regulated
In reference to the letter "Cars kill, too" (Sun, Jan. 17). Cars seem to be rather well regulated. I'm sure if there were cars when the Constitution was written, there would be an additional amendment for a well-regulated fleet.
Drivers are licensed, insured and tested repeatedly for competence. Cars are plated, registered, have locks and are taxed.
They must have certain features for safe operation and to prevent them from being easily stolen or used to endanger others.
There are many laws about their proper use as well as limits as to what modifications can be used in public places.
When they are used, there are restrictions and controls in place to limit the damage they can cause. In addition, there are individuals who patrol and enforce these laws.
I imagine even the most extreme liberal thinker would be quite happy at this point if guns were treated like cars.
Arm certain teachers
A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter proposing that we train and arm certain teachers and school administrators to protect our children. The next day a writer was highly critical of that idea and made me out to be someone who wanted to turn the schools into armed camps.
It's beginning to look more like I had a good idea. More and more people realize the extremely high dollar cost of having police in every school for an event that we hope doesn't happen.
We realize that a teacher or school administrator — though not as highly trained in police work, but highly motivated — can keep the bad guys away from our school kids.
Richard F. Coleman,
In reference to the plan to wipe out the burgeoning arts neighborhood on South Main to make way for a new firehouse.
Dear city of Gainesville, you pride yourself on being an arts-friendly city. Prove it.