Letters to the Editor for Feb. 12, 2013


Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

Toxic relationship

Regarding the Sun's Feb. 10 editorial, "Making it work" — please, we're a university town educated enough to know to never subject children to a toxic and impossible environment in order to save money on legal fees that result from a divorce.

For The Sun to compare a 30-year overpriced biomass contract (for power that's not clean, green or carbon neutral) to staying in a bad and impossible marriage, despite the damage, is pure ignorance.

This editorial reads like a cover-up to protect the seven city commissioners (Hawkins, Donovan, Henry, Lowe, Hanrahan, Poe and Mastrodicasa) who voted to approve this horrible biomass contract — the largest and worst contract in the city's history.

Children suffer most when parents stay in an impossible and bad marriage.

Families and local businesses will suffer if we're forced to stay in an impossible and bad 30-year, overpriced biomass contract.

Debbie Martinez,

Gainesville

Sincere sympathy

My husband and I retired in Gainesville because I love sports. More so, I love the Florida Gators.

First thing every morning I religiously read the sports page and Pat Dooley's column. He's become family and part of our lives.

As I read his Feb. 9 column, I was saddened by the news of his mother's passing. I could not help but feel his sorrow and yet his joy as he remembered their lives together.

I really thought that I had the best mom in the world as I think of her every moment of the day and I also miss her since her passing almost nine years ago.

Pat's column is a mirror image of how I felt when my mom lost her battle with Alzheimer's.

My deepest and sincere sympathy to Pat and family. I am also thankful to also be the "luckiest gal."

Migdalia Hettler,

Gainesville

Totally inconsistent

The story regarding the merger of American and US Airways (Sun, Feb. 7), resulting in the world's largest air carrier, was interesting. It demonstrated the totally inconsistent way the government chooses to regulate what it feels is in the best interests of us mere citizens.

Why do the feds get all worked up over the merger of Budweiser and Corona beers and AT&T merging with whoever it feels can help it provide better service and not step into this airlines merger?

There is definitely a place for government oversight of public health and safety. But when government gets involved in the nitty-gritty of large commercial decisions, it tends to lose its way and gets bogged down as it tries to get through the tangled mess of statistics and corporate balance sheets.

Maybe businesses should be allowed to succeed or fail based upon their own abilities to deal with management and growth.

John E. McAvoy,

Gainesville

Wrong judgment

How prophetic was Hillary Clinton's 2008 commercial about who would you want answering the phone at 3 a.m.?

Does anyone remember who Barack Obama sent to put that fire out? It was none other than Susan Rice. She said that both Obama and Clinton were not ready to take the call and then flipped the issue to who is going to make the right judgment.

It seems to me that recent congressional hearings have corroborated at least a portion of Rice's assertions. She was correct that neither one was or is ready. Both Obama and Clinton were called about Benghazi and both told their guys to handle it.

It took them weeks after the event to figure the attacks were not about a video. As for the other issue she raised about who is going to make the right judgment, the answer is neither. Both got the call and both punted.

Ernie Windsor,

Gainesville

Texting and driving

How many times while driving have you been cut off by a car wandering into your lane, watched a car go through a red light or tried to pass a car driving well below the speed limit on an interstate, only to realize that each one is looking away from the road and texting?

Who in their right mind would support these drivers? Well, the answer is the Florida Legislature. For the past four years, it has refused to pass legislation that would make texting while driving a violation. This is a disgrace.

Now it is considering a bill that would make texting a secondary offense, meaning drivers can only be cited if they are doing something else such as speeding. What are these people thinking? I am fast reaching the realization that all our elected officials do not in the least care about the wishes of the people they represent.

John McClellan,

Keystone Heights

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