Letters to the Editor for Jan. 24, 2013
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.
Reject Collier's offer
There have been recent letters supporting Nathan Collier's offer to buy wetlands behind his home from the city of Gainesville. The support seems based in double-talk implying that moving public lands to private ownership would somehow enhance Gainesville's aspirations to increase recreational endeavors.
That is nonsense. I walk these wetlands along Eighth Avenue daily. They are wonderful, peaceful, natural lands available to the people of this community, and a refuge for many birds and wild animals. The land will not serve the public if it is purchased for use by a private developer.
Please do not be fooled by an apparent write-in campaign to make you, “the people,” think Collier is doing the community a service by procuring public wetlands. My opinion is that his real purpose is to insulate his residence or, even worse, develop the land into more condos or apartments for his private gain.
Ronald C. Hoover,
Fears are founded
I suggest Sue Tennant (Sun, Jan. 4) do her homework before she attempts to persuade readers in important matters such as our Second Amendment.
The NRA has not been spouting unfounded fears. The fears of our government are real. Just look at what the person presently occupying the White House is attempting. His attempts to disarm the population remind me of others who were successful.
Tennant's belief that the NRA's interpretation of the Second Amendment is somehow misguided is not supported by our Supreme Court or the authors of our Constitution. The right to be armed for personal protection is meant for the individual.
For some reason, she wants automatic weapons banned. This ban has been in existence since the 1930s.
She attempts to change the protections reinforced in our Second Amendment to permit weapons only for hunting or sport. This discussion doesn't involve hunting and sporting uses of weapons!
Well, here we go again. Adena Springs Ranch rears its ugly head at a time when we are reeling from Sandy Hook. Gov. Rick Scott has gotten rid of board members at water management districts who opposed a permit to draw 5.3 million gallons of water daily.
Questions arise: Who retained the hydrologist and how much was he paid? Were his projections independently verified? How does one monitor the flow and what are the penalties for overpumping?
These are the questions water managers should ask. But will they? They are Scott's appointees and he manages to get his way, generally.
I remind everyone that when he could not get his way in privatizing the prison system, he did an end run and managed to privatize north-central prisons, resulting in 2,000 jobs lost.
Worst-case scenario: permanent depletion of the aquifer and a wholesale exodus of businesses and population.
Room for both
In response to David Kaufmann's proposal to let students decide about evolution or creationism (Sun, Jan. 17), I believe that there is room for the existence of a creator and evolution at the same time. Perhaps a creator used evolution to produce the physical universe.
There are many different religious explanations for creation. Although Christianity is predominant in our country, our First Amendment states that government cannot favor one religion. Evolution neither confirms or denies the existence of a creator.
The Genesis explanation was recorded by those who thought the Earth was flat and the Sun revolved around it, so perhaps they didn't have all the information. If they did, maybe they would have said God created the universe billions of years ago.
Science does not claim to know how consciousness or spirit came to be — that is for religions to answer — it just addresses the physical stuff.
Cars don't kill
A recent letter to the editor (Sun, Jan 17) suggested that because of the number of auto deaths, we should all turn in our vehicles to local police.
That won't work. As State Attorney Bill Cervone said in a Sun news story that day about gun control, “That horse has left the barn — there are too many of them out there.”
We can do some other things, though. First, we could eliminate all traffic laws and licensing requirements. Criminals don't obey them anyway. Then we could buy bigger SUVs. When we see reckless or aggressive drivers, we ram them.
Obviously the police can't control the roads. We responsible car owners must do that job ourselves.
Remember, cars don't kill people, bad drivers do.