Letters to the Editor for Jan. 28, 2013
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.
Protect, don't exploit
Gov. Rick Scott's director of the Department of Environmental Protection, working to weaken environmental regulation, purged 58 of its most knowledgeable and long-serving employees. Now Orlando administrator Dave Herbster (Sun, Jan. 23), in a letter filled with empty phrases, suggests the DEP is "on the right track" to "achieve worthwhile long-term results."
But he exposes his real priorities in his boast that Scott's DEP is "putting greater emphasis on the needs of the people we regulate" and on "faster permitting." This would include such needy "people" as Adena Springs Ranch, which proposes to average 5.3 million gallons of water use per day, with a potential maximum daily irrigation use of 21.57 million gallons per day. Then there's phosphate mining giant Mosaic, which has, through lawsuit threats, forced Manatee County to accept the expansion of its mine.
The Department of Environmental Protection should protect Florida's environment, not facilitate its exploitation.
John L. Ward,
I wanted to thank Gainesville-area residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas. Together we packed 14,344 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and necessities — for Operation Christmas Child.
Our shoe-box gifts are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries. During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.
I would like to thank the volunteers at our local collection sites and all those who packed shoe-box gifts. For many of the children who receive these gifts, it will be the first gift they have ever received. Although our local drop-off locations in Gainesville are closed, gifts are received year-round at Samaritan's Purse. There also are year-round volunteer opportunities available.
Regional Director, Florida and Puerto Rico
Operation Christmas Child
Awesome is certainly defined by two brothers who are head coaches and who are going against each other in the Super Bowl this year. It blows my mind. What are the odds for this occurring?
Deal benefits public
I'm amazed by letters opposing Nathan Collier's offer to purchase a property off Northwest Eighth Avenue because somehow this is taking away recreation land from the public. That is nonsense.
The most recent letter's author mentions he walks along Eighth Avenue daily. I doubt he ever walked through the property in question, as I have, or else he would realize this land is devoid of any practical use. It is nothing more than wetlands.
The property along Eighth from the Northwest 25th Terrace boardwalk west to 31st Drive is valuable natural recreation land filled with trails. The property in question —— east of the boardwalk — has no such use.
The city has made questionable deals in recent years in the name of keeping public spaces open. Here is a chance to sell absolutely worthless land (except to Collier) for $1 million that could benefit the public.
WMDs at home
We went to Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction when all the time they were in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. How about that?
Samuel I. Greenberg,
The Associated Press article on the Sun's front page on Jan. 23 entertained us with the notion that jobs are "being obliterated by technology." Really.
This claim is similar to President Obama's lame 2011 attempt to blame 9.1 percent unemployment on bank ATMs and airport kiosks. The AP's all-too obvious intent was to provide cover for Obama's "jobless recovery."
John Hinderaker has posted a thorough analysis of the AP story at Powerlineblog.com. Read it all.
Hinderaker notes "that blaming unemployment on technology has a long and disreputable history" and that Singapore, not exactly tech-averse, now has 1.9 percent unemployment.
The AP story's unintentionally rich ironies include that the "progressives" that Obama proudly leads employed "Forward!" as their 2012 campaign slogan and preach that science should be followed wherever it leads.
It's more evidence that being a progressive-Democrat means never having to be intellectually honest.
I just read that about 50 million legal abortions have been performed in the U.S. since 1973.
Could it be possible that from those 50 million might have been born the person that would have found the complete cure for cancer — and perhaps be around to care for aging parents? 50 million — gosh, that's a lot of babies to be thrown away.
We have met the enemy
Tummy tucks, face lifts, breast augmentation, hair transplants and pedicures are not covered by health insurance for a reason: They aren't medically necessary. Sex certainly isn't and I cannot see how conception is a health hazard except in rare cases.
This is America! Plan your parenthood as you see fit. Get all the Viagra, contraception and drugs that you need. Why should I have to pay for them? The time to take responsibility for your own innards is long past due.
It's bad enough nearly half of us have grown accustomed to government candy, perks and womb-to-tomb handouts. No wonder we're in debt up to our eyeballs.
This used to be the land of "I can and I will." Now it's the fairy tale land of "I want, I need. Gimme gimme." Any wonder America is poised to become a second-rate power? We have met the enemy and it is us.