Letters to the Editor for Jan. 26, 2013
Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:07 p.m.
I totally agree with the editorial “Holiday broke” (Sun, Jan. 18). Our students need to be ready to compete in the global community, be prepared for higher education and become the responsible citizens that our community and country need.
As a former teacher, breaks in the school year were nice, but in reality, consistency is what is necessary. Adding days to the end of the school year would only appease the state's mandatory number of days, not improve instruction.
Long day at the polls
A Jan. 22 Sun article about voting issues in Lee County noted that one poll didn't close until 2:54 a.m. As a poll worker, I am glad that Alachua County has capable people like Pam Carpenter and her staff running our elections. Our precinct closed on time at 7 p.m.
In Lee County, besides making voters wait eight hours to vote, the poll workers, mostly retirees, had to work from 6 a.m until 3 a.m. A 21-hour work day is surely against all labor laws and these people deserve a bit of recognition.
His life as a dog
What do my dog and a congressman have in common?
My dog sleeps most of the day and night. He has his meals prepared for him at no cost to him.
He visits the doctor for his yearly check-ups and, if any medical need arises, he is treated at no expense to him.
If he makes a mess, someone else is required to clean it up or gets blamed for not preventing it. He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep and pays nothing for these accommodations.
He lives like a king and his expenses are picked up by others who earn a living.
Thinking about it, it suddenly occurred to me that my dog is just like a congressman.
Conflicted in the USA
I'm getting a bit tired of the flag wavers. The U.S. was founded on land stolen from indigenous people (we couldn't quite kill them all) and built largely on the backs of African slaves, and the corpses of bison, wolves, whales and other species.
We consume and waste more than the rest of the world combined. We've killed some six million in undeclared wars just since World War II. We have military facilities in virtually every nation on Earth to insure our exploitation of others.
But on the other hand: We can destroy the planet with the push of a button. We built Mount Rushmore. We have the meanest football players in the world.