Letters to the Editor for Feb. 7, 2013
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.
Not too late
I recently took a nice walk through the park at the corner of Northwest 13th Street and University Avenue. I am saddened to hear that a University of Florida donor wants to place his building on that corner.
What a shame it would be to lose this small park, with its stately longleaf pines, live oak trees and other nicely cared for plant species, enjoyed by many. This park is incredibly valuable on such a developed corner.
Does this donor not see that near this green space is a large parking area where a building could easily be placed, either next to or over the parking? Has UF appealed strongly enough to the sense of community spirit this donor might have?
Would that donor like being known as the one who was responsible for our having lost a beautiful park? It's not too late to reconsider.
Monica Leadon Cooper,
Keith Perry is perpetuating the view that Medicaid recipients are folks who could have health insurance if they were just willing to work a little harder (Sun, Feb. 4). He states that with some “educational and vocational” training, they could earn the right to use his proposed program.
He is unaware that many Medicaid recipients are the elderly in nursing facilities that have depleted their incomes for long-term care costs. Is he suggesting that they simply enroll in a few classes, get a new job and pay for their own nursing home costs?
Michael Mac Millan,
Shame on you, Gainesville Sun. You are supposed to be a vehicle for information and an exchange of ideas. The Feb. 3 edition offered three articles on amnesty and illegal immigration, and every article was pro-amnesty. When polls show that most Americans are staunchly against amnesty, won't you even allow yourselves to consider why they feel this way?
We have already been the most generous nation in the numbers and diversity (and assistance) than any nation in history. Most of our population growth is from immigrants and their offspring. We should not allow ourselves to be forced to also accept illegals, especially in these hard economic times.
Are you playing ethnic politics, as our elected representatives apparently are? Our nation was founded on individual rights, not special rights for ethnic groups.
Are we the only two people who thought the talent portion of the Super Bowl was terrible?
The only decent performance was when the Sandy Hook Elementary students sang “America,” but then Jennifer Hudson had to ruin it.
Alicia Keys was embarrassing. Our national anthem should never be performed as a jazzy-blues song. It is an anthem to be played with respect.
And then there was Beyonce's halftime show. If you aren't 16 years old, you were disgusted with the entire performance. (But we do have to admit, her halftime show was maybe one-half step above the more than 70-year-old Rolling Stones.)
There is a time and a place for everything. Why can't the NFL have our anthem performed by the Marine Corps Band and then have a halftime show that all age groups could appreciate?
We may start recording the Super Bowl so we can skip through the so-called “entertainment” portions.
Lynne and Dan Brennan,
Something to ponder
Abortion is certainly a very personal and emotional decision. But why is it that a society that protects every animal, bird, fish and insect from environmental harm refuses to spare even a second thought for the human child's right to be born?
Certainly a woman has the right to control her own body but there are two bodies, not just one, involved in any abortion. Only half of the genetic makeup of the fetus comes from the mother.
If the unborn child had a voice in the decision, would it choose to live or die? How about offering the unwanted child for adoption and bring joy and fulfillment to a childless family. It's certainly something to ponder.
Roger H. Grantman,