Letters to the Editor for Feb. 19, 2013
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.
Keep four lanes
South Main Street has been well described as a super highway with few cars. I haven't seen bicyclists using the lanes. I say keep Main Street four-laned so the state will continue ownership of it. The city and county haven't for many years repaired the roads that we have that need attention.
I've noticed that the wide sidewalks on two-lane Southwest Second Avenue near the university golf course works just fine for students walking and running.
Can't we just keep Main Street four-laned and use the outside lane to be compatible with our buses when the need arises, such as when the Cade Museum opens?
I think you can still have enough room for diagonal parking along that eastern stretch and maybe even a small median for pedestrians getting across the road easier.
All this can be done without a needless, costly, unsafe congested two-lane road with the bike lanes added.
Not an illness
Rachel Brown criticized my stand against public funding of birth control on the grounds that the same medications have secondary benefits (Sun, Feb. 3). But ancillary properties are not the reason birth control medication is prescribed, anymore than the antibiotic used for a respiratory illness is prescribed because it can also prevent a cut on the finger from becoming infected. They don't call them birth-control pills for nothing
Planned Parenthood does not "plan" to prevent anemia. That is not its mission. There is no doubt that there are multiple benefits that come from birth control (and, I might add, adverse side effects), not the least of which is that women benefit and I pay for what is primarily medically unnecessary.
Pregnancy is not an illness. Only a fool would argue that its prevention, except in the rarest of cases, is a cost that should be borne by others.
Opponents of the Gainesville biomass plant continue to assert that it is neither renewable nor carbon neutral, two assertions that fly in the face of science and reality.
Once you use biomass, it comes back in a relatively short period of time. The biomass plant will be burning locally produced wood waste generated as forests are trimmed to keep them healthy and remove possible fuel for wildfires. This makes it a local fuel source that should be embraced by the "buy local" citizens of Gainesville.
The alternative is burning waste wood in the open air or throwing it into a landfill. Either option releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
The biomass plant burns wood more efficiently and the only carbon byproduct is carbon dioxide. When coal or natural gas are burned, extra carbon dioxide is being put into the atmosphere that should have remained underground.
Are you better off?
Ask yourself if you and the country are better off now than when Barack Obama first took office. There are 8.5 million people out of work and the national debt is $16 trillion and counting. Stimulus money went to crony initiatives that failed, such as Solyndra.
Food stamps use has risen. Obamacare will cost $1.17 trillion over 10 years and destroy a good health care system. There has been minimal spending cuts and now Obama wants more revenue, meaning taxes. The gross domestic product dropped 0.1 percent and unemployment rose to 7.9 percent.
Obama likes to remind us often that he won. Indeed he did and elections do have consequences.
Thanks for the letter
I would like to commend Jeffrey Dissell for his Feb. 8 letter, "It's about tyranny." It is very rare to see anything on the Second Amendment that is accurate, and Dissell's letter was spot on. Thank you Dissell for taking the time to write your letter and thank you Gainesville Sun for printing it.
Georgia S. Mills,