Letters to the Editor for Jan. 27, 2013
Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:57 p.m.
Keep out hunting
I am extremely disappointed with the latest decision by our Alachua County commissioners to allow hunting on various Alachua County Forever land.
I voted for our present commissioners based on their environmental records and I also voted in favor of funding for Alachua County Forever. I had assumed that this land was to be preserved for the growth of natural habitat and the protection of wildlife.
Apparently, I misunderstood what these areas were really meant for. To allow the trampling of hunters, some with ATVs, into these areas disrupts the natural state and degrades the peaceful lives of the wildlife.
I often wonder why we must continuously meddle with other living things in pursuit of self interest. Gun-toting individuals seem to have the upper hand in many decisions nowadays. Those who seek a peaceful existence for themselves and other living creatures cannot seem to be heard.
Congratulations to all who have been working toward the restoration of Silver Springs. Activists and concerned citizens from around the region joined forces to bring attention to the dire conditions of our water resources and saved the queen of those resources, the great Silver Springs, from devastation.
With the state's decision to make Silver Springs a Florida State Park, the next big step is to educate citizens on how to conserve and restore our Florida waters with less usage and less nitrate pollution.
We can do this. We must care enough to learn how to manage our natural resources and that means establishing a water ethic whereby we can maintain a balance between human and environmental needs. This victory should prove that citizen activism still has power to influence change.
Save postal jobs
The post office is losing so much money that it may be necessary to cut services and fire employees. These would be mistakes.
The jobs that are on the chopping block here are quality jobs. These are civil service jobs with decent pay, health insurance and other benefits. These are exactly the kind of jobs that should be protected from the ups and downs of the economy.
Talk of creating more jobs was a hot topic in the last presidential campaign. Nothing specific has yet been done to solve the unemployment problem. The idea of adding to the number of unemployed by firing post office employees is stupid.
The postal employee has always been dedicated to the job and faithful to the principle of the sanctity and privacy of the mail. America still needs these workers and American women and men deserve decent jobs like these.
Stephen J. Gallivan,
Help the regular folks
Much has been written and bragged about in this town and its vision and plan to create a great career opportunity for all. There's nothing wrong with trying to help out the college grads, but how about the rest of the regular folks?
I'm still waiting for our elitist local governments to open up another Innovation Square or Progress Park with offices and training facilities for carpentry, plumbing, welding or electrical workers.
Those fields can pay just as well as streaking petri dishes or writing software, don't require tens of thousands of dollars for a taxpayer-backed college loan, contribute substantially to the tax base, and are just as essential to our society.
Don't believe me? Just see how much it costs next time to get a repairman to your house.
Bad city decisions
Gainesville city commissioners have made too many bad decisions on behalf of their constituents, resulting in higher taxes, fees and utility bills.
Citizens remember the high price the city paid for a bad coal contract, the costly purchase and upkeep of a golf course, the folly of purchasing Mom's Kitchen, the narrowing of Main Street, high gas-pump prices because competition is kept out and the creation of a fire assessment fee to help pay for mistakes and non-essentials.
But the worst decision the Gainesville City Commission has ever made is the 30-year, $3 billion stealth contract that will give Gainesville polluted smoky air from a biomass plant that will require too much land and water usage.
It will also bring too many dangerous trucks and machinery using too much fossil fuel, making the whole process to produce electricity inefficient, very costly to consumers, wasteful and bad for the environment.
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