Letters to the Editor for Feb. 20, 2013


Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

Look before crossing

I saw the recent story about the problem on Southwest 62nd Avenue with people being hit in the crosswalks. If you are attempting to walk across the path of a two-ton vehicle, yield to the larger body.

It is state law that vehicles must stop for people in the crosswalk. However, the law of physics dictates the winner in this case. Just because a vehicle is supposed to stop doesn't mean they will. It is better to wait for a break in the traffic than to be hit.

Sure, the driver can and will be cited but that will not unbreak the bones or bring the victim back to life. There is an attitude that people have about a state law overriding common sense. If the people who live along that road would turn off their iPods, put away the smart phones and just pay attention, there would be fewer accidents.

Mitch Mallard,

Alachua

Why light stadium?

While watching the Florida-Kentucky game on ESPN last week, the aerial shots shown of the O'Connell Center revealed the empty Ben Hill Griffin Stadium gloriously lit up.

The University of Florida constantly complains how its budget is being slashed and it cannot afford to do this or that. How much did the power cost to keep the stadium lit for how many hours for what possible reason? The university needs to look inside for cost savings before asking for more Florida taxpayer dollars while it wasted our money to keep the lights on.

Rick Ford,

Newberry

Dehumanizing word

Thank you for the sympathetic Feb. 13 editorial about Florida students whose parents are undocumented.

As a member of the Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice, I have met many talented students at UF who have had to drop out of school because they could not work enough hours to pay for out-of-state tuition, or have had their siblings experience this situation. This is due to the profoundly unfair standards for residency in our state, one that punishes students because their parents cannot attain proper immigration status.

While I applaud The Sun for publishing commentary with such a strong civil-rights stance, I would like to make an appeal that you change your word usage from "illegal" immigrant to "undocumented." As a formerly undocumented immigrant, I have felt the sting this pejorative and inaccurate word.

I still find it very dehumanizing and strongly implore The Sun to reconsider its policy.

Candy Herrera,

Gainesville

Science is undeniable

Sen. Marco Rubio claims that despite the "significant scientific consensus" that man-made activity is contributing to climate change, he has seen "reasonable debate" on whether this is true.

With the recent wave of extreme weather, we cannot afford to have our elected leaders championing climate denial and ignoring the biggest challenge of our generation.

Of course, what Rubio said is just not true. The science is undeniable: according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5F over the next hundred years." Fossil-fuel emissions are the primary cause of this rapid increase and continue to be.

I am a young voter at the University of Florida. At my campus, we are committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and investing in renewable energy.

It's time our elected leaders stop debating and start taking action.

Heather Dean,

Gainesville

Not just unfortunate

Richard DesChesnes wrote Feb. 13 regarding the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, "It is unfortunate that so many children were killed by a deranged individual. If current laws were observed, it might not have happened." The cold-blooded slaughter of 20 innocent children and six heroic adults is "unfortunate?" I wonder if the families of those gunned down would refer to the murder of their child, sister, mother, or wife as unfortunate? It is unfortunate when you are late to work because your car broke down. It is unfortunate when your air conditioner breaks on the hottest day of the year.

What happened in Newtown was not unfortunate. It was terrifying, horrifying, gut-wrenchingly sad, traumatic, heartbreaking and other adjectives that I can't even imagine because I'm not the parent of a murdered 6-year old child. DesChesnes' word choice was not only unfortunate but grossly inadequate and inappropriate.

Kris Turner,

Gainesville

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