Letters to the Editor for Feb. 18, 2013


Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:27 p.m.

Fiscally irresponsible

Responding to The Sun's Feb. 10 editorial, the Gainesville Regional Energy Center's chief financial officer stated that the company values its relationship with the City Commission.

Why? GREC stands to profit at the expense of Gainesville Regional Utilities customers from the fiscally irresponsible contract approved by the commission. Under this contract, GREC will be paid more than $3.1 billion during the next 30 years.

GRU and the commission failed to protect utility customers by not having firm contracts in place to sell the excess electricity prior to entering the contract and deleting the termination clause from the contract.

The problem is not biomass, but rather the systemic failure to mitigate risk and a fiscally irresponsible contract negligently negotiated to the detriment of GRU customers who are stuck paying higher electric rates. The GRU debt downgrade confirms these previously ignored warnings.

GREC cites jobs to justify this sweetheart deal. Another poor excuse.

Nathan A. Skop,

Gainesville

Raves for show

My wife and I recently saw Arthur Miller's “Death of A Salesman” at the High Springs Community Theater. We are avid theatergoers and have been to numerous professional Broadway shows and community theaters throughout the country from New England to California and many places in between.

The production at the High Springs Community Theater was excellent. The acting was superb. Everyone at opening night raved about the show. Don't miss it, folks. The drive to High Springs will be truly worth it.

Hal Cohen,

High Springs

No legitimate argument

The Feb. 10 front-page story showed that hunting is the only effective method of controlling the ecosystem degradation from feral hogs in our nearby state preserve. Yet in the opinion section, history professor James McWilliams opines, “I think anyone who knows the first thing about ecology understands that ecosystems are healthiest when left unmanaged.”

McWilliams' argument to end hunting resorts to phrases such as: people who like to blow away animals, allowing a bunch of men and women with an arsenal of weaponry play Rambo, and hordes of weekend warriors who dress up in camo, buy a case of Bud and firebomb the weakest members of a species.

Apparently he has no legitimate argument or data to cite and must resort to name calling. Perhaps he would do better to reserve his statements to some field in which he might have some expertise and perhaps an argument he can defend with logic.

Thomas Gaitanis,

Dunnellon

Choir was delight

As a native of Austria, I had the great pleasure to take my husband to the performance of the Vienna Boys Choir at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It was truly a delight to experience these great singers from my hometown here in Gainesville. I am grateful to be able to live in this great community and see this piece of living history enjoyed by so many people of the Gator Nation

Ursula Slumpa-Taber,

Gainesville

Overmedicated nation

In his newsletter, alternative medicine practitioner Dr. Julian Whitaker notes that the Sandy Hook shooter was psychiatrically medicated as early as age 10. Whitaker reports that between 2004 and 2011, the Food and Drug Administration logged 359 homicides, 7,250 aggression incidents, 2,795 mania episodes and 9,310 suicides related to the taking or withdrawal from psychiatric medications. Worse, fewer than 10 percent of all adverse reactions are reported.

He also details 24 representative shooting cases, including Columbine, in which antidepressants and other psychiatric medications were involved. Of interest: The pet chimpanzee who mounted a horrible attack on a woman, then attacked the police officer who shot it, was on the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

I am not against psychiatric drugs, used judiciously, but I agree that Americans are overmedicated due both to prescription-pad medicine and the public's demand for pills to cure whatever ails them.

Lance Lazonby,

Melrose

Watch for ducks

There is a group of three to four Muscovy ducks that has been using the area next to Southwest 35th Place just east of Southwest 34th Street. Or there was a group. I hadn't seen them for a little while, and then, walking on that road recently, I saw the body of one of them thrown in the roadside ditch, like trash. It made me sick.

Later, I saw what is probably the last of these ducks standing forlornly by itself by the roadside.

Drivers, slow down, please, and watch out for our precious wildlife.

Sonja Mullerin,

Gainesville

Is it really immoral?

Joe Little wrote in the Feb. 11 Sun that, “All killing of human beings is immoral.” As a principle, he is right. Unfortunately, for those of us who would like not to kill anyone, unless we kill some people, they will kill many of us. We just need to kill as few as necessary and with a great deal of careful forethought.

Little also states that killing remotely by the use of drones is really immoral. How remote must killing be before it becomes immoral? Press the trigger on a rifle and you kill someone remotely 100 or 300 yards away. Is that really immoral?

I'm afraid that, as liberal as I really am, I cannot get upset that we aren't ensuring the guarantee of constitutional rights to Americans who declare war against the United States and hide in countries that permit — no, almost guarantee — that we cannot reach these terrorists by judicial process.

George L. Barnett,

Micanopy

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