Letters to the Editor for Feb. 3, 2013
Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:52 p.m.
Fix our roads
Now hear this, Gainesville and Alachua County commissioners: You have debated and babbled over the road repair issue for so long that our roads now rival those of many third-world countries.
Our main east-west corridors clearly do not need to be narrowed or compromised in any way that would inhibit the flow of traffic on these very busy roads. There are plenty of bike paths for those that are able to transport themselves that way.
The vast majority of people need to have good and safe roads so they can get to their jobs, in order to pay for the high cost of living and the ridiculous taxes in this community. I, along with a large number of other citizens, urge you to abandon this ridiculous debate and fix our roads.
Birth control benefits
Kal Rosenberg argued that there is no reason for health insurance to cover birth control because it's not medically necessary (Sun, Jan. 28). Judging from his gender, I'm sure that Rosenberg has never needed to discuss birth control with his physician.
I suggest that he asks at his next doctor's visit. He would find that birth control pills, in addition to preventing pregnancy, also prevent benign breast diseases, prevent certain types of ovarian and endometrial cancers, prevent pelvic inflammatory disease, keep ovarian cysts from forming and prevent anemia, just to name a few things.
A number of diseases that require medicines are preventable with a change in lifestyle. Can you imagine what would happen if all the folks who never smoked, weren't obese and took special care of themselves said they're not going to pay for your heart disease medicine, cancer treatments, diabetes medicines, high-blood pressure medicine or cholesterol medicine?
I started going to the Colasante Clinic in May simply because it was the nearest one to me that accepted Medicare. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were also the most competent and considerate medical staff that I had ever encountered.
The fact that the FBI has driven Ona Colasante out of business is an unmitigated tragedy for East Gainesville, and a moral lesson in how much the federal government is overreaching beyond its constitutional limits.
Over the last several weeks, the television has been inundated with advertisements for Sylvester Stallone's new movie, "Bullet to the Head."
In the wake of all of the tragedies that our country has experienced in recent months, this seems like a slap in the face to the children, parents and teachers that were affected by those violent acts. Sylvester Stallone, known to be opposed to the law-abiding public even owning a handgun, has been getting filthy rich by shooting people in his movies.
What are we to expect if we keep numbing our youth to this type of activity? It is pounded into the heads of our youth through these type of movies and through violent video games.
I think it's time that Hollywood, in all of its glamour, took a stand too and thought about all of the victims, instead of the almighty dollar.
Phillip L. Seay Jr.,
Save Glen Springs
Robert L. Knight (Sun, Dec. 23) challenged us to save Glen Springs for future generations. The Elks Club, owner of the property, is willing to sell. Nate Collier's $1 million offer to the city should be used to leverage a community effort to acquire Glen Springs, restore it and make it the gem of the city parks system — now.
Civic clubs, individuals, and private foundations should be willing to step up with additional funding as needed. Here's an idea: name the new park "Courtland Collier City Park at Glen Springs" to honor Nate's dad, a (deceased) exemplary city commissioner and dedicated public servant.
We can best teach our children the imperative of clean water on the banks of Gainesville's historic artesian spring. Let's bring Glen Springs back from the brink of disaster. It's our birthright. After all, we are "Dreamville."
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