Letters to the Editor for Feb. 13, 2013
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Touched my heart
First off, my thoughts and prayers go out to Pat Dooley and his family. I am a fan and like reading his columns. His Feb. 9 column hit home for me. It seemed like it took me 30 minutes to read that column because I teared up so many times and couldn't see the words.
My mom passed away Feb. 10, 2000. It's been 13 years and not a day goes by that I don't think about her. Reading Pat's column really touched my heart.
It made me think of all the things my mom did for me when I was growing up. I was a “mama's boy” and could do no wrong in her eyes. I grew up in an old-fashioned family. She was always there for me as a child and a young adult, through good and bad times. I too was a “lucky guy.”
In the Feb. 8 Sun, Jeffrey Dissell makes the ridiculous claim that “the intent of the Second Amendment is to authorize citizens the power to reverse the intentions of an oppressive government.”
Among his false statements is his dismissal of standing armies in the shaping of the Second Amendment. In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton wrote, “If a well-regulated militia be the most natural defence of a free country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the national security. If standing armies are dangerous to liberty, an efficacious power over the militia, in the same body, ought, as far as possible, to take away the inducement and the pretext to such unfriendly institutions.”
Such standing armies turned out to be what this country evolved to rely on, undercutting the need to reference a Second Amendment at all.
Report the numbers
With all the media coverage about anti-gun groups, why is it that none of the articles reference the data provided by the FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
The numbers indicate that the homicide rate has dropped by nearly half in the last 20 years. The highest rates are in the larger metropolitan areas. which have the strictest gun laws and have long been under the control of the Democratic Party
The media is playing to the fears and whims of a few who do not want to back up their arguments with real facts and figures. It is unfortunate that so many children were killed by a deranged individual. If current laws were observed, it might not have happened.
We don't need new gun laws, just enforce the ones we already have. The media needs to report the true crime and death numbers published by our government agencies.
Good business sense
Peter Johnson knows how to make businesses profitable. He helped Heat Pipe Technology to become a leader in its field. It was later sold to a Warren Buffet-owned company. He served as Gainesville Regional Airport Authority board chairman. He acted as a mediator between the private pilots and those more concerned with commercial aviation.
Johnson is admired by Republicans and Democrats alike for his diplomatic qualities and ability to bridge gaps between opposing views. Ask anyone in Leadership Gainesville about his keen sense of humor and deep love for his community.
Gainesville is facing a “fiscal cliff” with decreasing revenues resulting from poor choices by our elected officials. If we don't elect someone as our mayor who has a good business sense and is resourceful, a good listener and respectful to his colleagues, Gainesville will be heading for financial disaster. Johnson will lead the way to make our great community even better.
Read the evidence
Susan Bergert's criticism of Robert Morrison's assault on evolution (Sun, Feb. 1) is correct. There is “plenty of evidence for folks who really want it.”
Ironically, Morrison's own rabbit example is one of them. The geographically isolated rabbits he speaks of that can no longer mate when reunited conform to a basic definition of distinct species. Both groups of rabbits may look identical but differ in subtle genetic ways that prevent them from producing fertile offspring, thus making them different species.
Confirm this concept by reading any modern taxonomy/genetics book. Also consider reading Kuhn's “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” about scientific paradigms, Roamer's “Vertebrate Paleontology,” Stebbins' “Processes of Organic Evolution” on speciation, and countless publications on natural selection, genetic drift and reproductive isolation.
Most skeptics like Morrison rarely read any of the serious works. I can't blame them. Reading all this stuff is labor intensive and contradicts their beliefs.