Letters to the Editor for Feb. 6, 2013


Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.

Camo singled out

It appears The Sun just can't help itself when it comes to mixing up news reporting and its position on social issues.

The Sun's Feb. 2 story on the new Walmart Supercenter opening stated, “A sizeable number of customers, including several people wearing camouflage jackets, were there to buy ammunition from the store's sporting goods department.”

If the reporter felt it so important to connect ammo with camo, why didn't he include customers who were purchasing beer and wearing Gator attire? Or obese patrons purchasing chips and cola wearing spandex? Where does it stop?

The gun-control issue and recent tragedies are concerns among all citizens. But to single out certain customers because of what they were wearing and purchasing is just plain wrong.

Jean Calderwood,

Alachua

Bishops silent

In the article “God and the gun debate” (Sun, Jan. 19), there were six individual religious leaders quoted along with numerous groups recommending a national conversation that would lead to eliminating assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

I find it strange no Catholic bishop or priest was quoted promoting this national discussion. We Catholic laity can only surmise our leaders, through their silence, are in favor of allowing assault weapons to be freely available for purchase by any civilian.

When can we Catholic laity be proud of our leaders again after the thousands of sex abuse cases, the four investigations of our U.S. nuns and now silence regarding the killing of six- and seven-year-old children in Newtown, Conn., through the use of these assault weapons?

Will we ever hear or see a bishop stand up and take a stand in this national debate?

Thomas J. Umlauf,

Gainesville

Survival of the fittest

In reference to the Feb. 2 editorial, “When cats kill,” we have come a long way in helping with pet overpopulation.

Julie Levy at the University of Florida and volunteers working on this issue have spayed or neutered thousands of feral cats at little cost.

I own eight cats and my furry family stays inside and is spayed or neutered. But if cats are feral, they have the right to eat. No matter what animals they are, it's called survival of the fittest.

Pet owners have a responsibility of getting pets spayed or neutered. They live longer inside and are much happier with their human family.

Please, let's not get people killing cats when they see them in their yards. They could have someone feeding them. Those people should do the right thing and keep them indoors. Cats are smart and will learn to stay indoors in a short time.

Darlene Pifalo,

Gainesville

Do something positive

I agree with Bill Bradley's “Proud to wave flag” (Sun, Jan. 30) in reference to Don Lutz's letter (Sun, Jan 26). After reading all The Sun letters day after day, there are so many more names that could have been added to Bill's list.

Being a GOP member for years, I am tired of the kicking, screaming and whining that goes on day after day from adults that act like children not getting their way. Get over it and get a productive life.

Help out and become citizens who feel good about themselves and the country they live in. The best thing about this country is you're not being held hostage here.

Even with all its faults, this country is the best one in the world and you know it, so suck it up. Try doing something positive and help out, rather than hinder,

Gary R. Wilson,

Gainesville

No pride in deaths

We've come a long way, baby, (as they used to say in the old commercials) from the innovation of the primitive musket to the efficient and deadly assault rifle. What a feat of ingenuity, technological genius and entrepreneurial zeal. Now the U.S. has the distinction of having more rifle and handgun firepower per person and more resulting deaths and injuries than any other developed democratic country on Earth.

This is a distinction that we and thousands of patriotic Americans take no pride in, especially in light of the fact that so many of the casualties have been innocent children. In the name of our national honor and sanity, we urge concerned citizens to back the president's initiative that would call for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, limit the size of ammunition clips on such weapons, require more background checks and improve mental health services.

Richard and Gene Beardsley,

Gainesville

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