Letters to the Editor for Feb. 21, 2013
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.
I was born and raised in Gainesville, but moved years ago. Recently I was in town for my sister's funeral. The funeral director told everyone to stay close together because people would cut into the processional line. I had never heard of this before.
As soon as we started the procession, I understood why he gave those instructions. They had a hard time getting people to stop and let the procession out of the funeral home. When we got to red lights, people kept going instead of stopping. People in the next lane whizzed by and people in oncoming lanes didn't slow down or stop for the hearse.
While this is not a law, it is common courtesy and respect. The fact that not one car pulled over, slowed down or stopped shows me that none of these drivers had respect for anyone. Where I live, we pull over out of respect.
North Augusta, S.C.
It's become clear that the new biomass plant is a monumental mistake that will haunt the city, and more specifically Gainesville Regional Utilities customers, for years to come.
The city leaders behind this deal were consumed by their obsession to build a legacy, a political sickness for which there is no cure. But alas, to the detriment of all, a snake oil salesman named American Renewables rolled into town with the promise to cure the politicians and save us all from our own ruin.
At this point, I do not feel saved. I'm currently being overcharged for electricity. Later my electric bill will only go up about $150 more a year, if I'm lucky.
As a resident outside the city limits, I already resent that millions are siphoned off by the city. One could argue this is taxation without representation.
The sooner we get this utility out of the hands of politicians, the better we'll be.
Bishops have spoken
Thomas Umlauf is right to decry that in the Jan. 19 story "God and the gun debate," the voice of the Catholic bishops on gun violence wasn't presented. However, Umlauf's criticism is misdirected.
On Dec. 17, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg devoted a post on his blog to calling for an end to the senselessness of gun violence. He wrote, "To be in favor of limits on assault weapons is to be pro-life."
On Dec. 21, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a statement with the message that "simply put, guns are too easily accessible." Furthermore, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire was a signatory on behalf of the conference to the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence letter to the U.S. Congress.
Umlauf asks "Will we ever hear or see a bishop stand up and take a stand in this national debate?" Apparently not in The Sun.
Nothing but rhetoric
President Obama's State of the Union speech was filled with inconsistencies and lies. It's amazing that the left-wing media doesn't call him out when his speech is nothing but rhetoric.
It was nothing more than his same campaign speeches: more spending on infrastructure, education, etc., all while stating that he will not increase the deficit.
That's the same deficit, by the way, that he pledged to cut in half by the end of his first term.
The most ridiculous statement was that we should increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Any economist will tell you this is devastating to small businesses.
This was another attempt by Obama to fuel class warfare.
It truly is a sad state of affairs we find ourselves in: drowning in debt, on the verge of financial collapse and the media's main story the next day was Marco Rubio taking a drink of water. Disgusting.
Paying it forward
After a recent Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe board meeting, my wife ran into Hitchcock's supermarket for a few items. After she paid, the customer in front of her returned to the cash register and put $15 in her hand, saying, "Here, put this towards your groceries."
We don't need help paying for groceries, so this was a real mystery. But, after we got home, my wife said, "That man looked familiar. I think he may have been there the last time I bought some peanut butter and tuna fish for the Alachua Elementary School backpack project for kids."
We don't know this to be true, but this Good Samaritan certainly deserves thanks.And, at our next Kiwanis meeting, we'll make sure his gift is paid forward with interest. Maybe he'd even like to join our club, which is a very active service organization in both Alachua and High Springs.
Richard F. Hill,