Letters to the Editor for Feb. 8, 2013
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:36 p.m.
Burning in the interim
Russell Henderson raises a good question about the burning of tree debris during construction of the Paynes Prairie sheetflow restoration project (Sun, Feb. 5). This is in fact an excellent example of the type of wood that will be utilized by the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center when it comes online.
By controlled combustion in a boiler with state-of-the-art emissions controls, a host of emissions associated with this type of open burning are greatly reduced. However, it's not always practical or logistically feasible to stockpile this type of wood for several months prior to the date that the facility can begin receiving wood deliveries. Many projects like this have no practical alternative to burning the material in the interim.
It's about tyranny
The Second Amendment is about tyranny and nothing else. Not hunting, skeet shooting or self-defense. Hunting is a licensed privilege granted by each state and the right to self-defense is given by God, not man.
A simple parsing of one article in the Bill of Rights cannot explain the motivation of the framers to include the Second Amendment. The intent of the Second Amendment is to authorize citizens the power to reverse the intentions of an oppressive government by the proper and lawful use of force. Period.
The Second Amendment has absolutely no connection to a standing army, law enforcement and any entity called a national guard. It affirms a right that has always been reserved for the individual citizen who, together with many other individual citizens, forms a trained militia and protects our republic from despots.
Any claim to the contrary is based in ignorance or a political agenda.
Jeffrey H. Dissell,
In the past 60 years, millions of fossils within thousands of genera have been found and classified according to both morphology and genetics that collectively demonstrate both micro- and macro-evolution. Thus is defined as “descent with modification.”
These sequences are in natural history museums all over the world. Robert Morrison (Sun, Feb. 1) should pick a family, order or genus and do some research.
The word rabbit, by the way, designates a family, not a species, determined by a double set of incisors and obligate nasal breathing. And, in general, speciation is said to occur when one group will not mate with another.
Sorry creationists, but science is not going back to the Easter bunny, talking snakes and arks that drop dinosaurs' bones over Montana.
William Scott Billings,
Keep springs venue
Outdoor venues are great for music events. Sadly, Marion County could lose a wonderful outdoor music venue at Silver Springs Nature-Themed Park when Palace Entertainment relinquishes its lease.
Palace Entertainment booked some memorable and affordable “oldie goldie” concerts at Silver Springs. Glen Campbell's farewell concert, which included his son and daughter as back-up artists, was a standout concert.
Featured artists for this year's concert series include Joan Jett, KC and the Sunshine Band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and others. Easton Corbin, a musician born and raised in Gilchrist County who has several breakthrough artist awards, will open the final concert series.
There is nothing more exciting — and important — than the state's plans to focus on improving water quality at Silver Springs. Yet, if Silver Springs retains its stage for concerts, outdoor plays, conservation and cultural events, this venue could generate revenue to aid the preservation of Florida's springs.
Kiss of death
Last month, I wrote that it would be a mistake to start firing post office workers. Another reader commented that “being a dedicated civil servant is not justification for continuing to keep jobs which are not needed.”
The point is we need to keep good jobs for our citizens. The post office was stripped of its lucrative parcel post department by the creation of UPS and FedEx. It was a mistake that can be reversed.
The attitude that post office jobs are not needed is the kiss of death for American jobs, be they manufacturing or civil service jobs. Parcel post was eliminated, junk mail could be eliminated, stamps could be dispensed in supermarkets, mail delivery could be reduced to two days a week and convicts could be used where needed. There is a surplus of convicts and they are already repairing our roads.