Letters to the Editor for Feb. 24, 2013


Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:44 p.m.

Not carbon neutral

Biomass energy is not carbon neutral and it never will be.

For years, scientific studies have shown that biomass energy isn't carbon neutral in any useful time frame. A new study from Norway demonstrates that logging forests for bio-energy leads to a permanent increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Expansion of industrial-scale biomass energy will exacerbate climate change.

Fueling biomass operations will add carbon to the atmosphere at the smokestack. Increased biomass removals will escalate stress to forests and soils and will reduce long-term growth rates, thus also adding to atmospheric carbon levels by absorbing less.

We need to stop burning and let forests grow and expand to clean up the mess we've made of our air and atmosphere.

Karen Orr,

Gainesville

Divided party

As chairman of the Alachua County Tea Party, I understand the need to have all Republicans and our tea parties working toward the same goal. We all recognize the dangers from the left as well as the dangers of stepping away from our principles as many Republicans have done in D.C.

As conservatives and patriots, it is our duty to assure our government adheres to the principles laid forth in the Constitution. We can not do this as a splintered or divided party.

In a time when fiscal responsibility and limited government needs to be our highest priority, we turn to infighting. We have tea party organizations trying to take over their local Republican executive committees. We have tea party organizations completely stepping away from our conservative and fiscally responsible platform and pushing for huge tax increases.

This does not help our platform nor our cause.

Walt Boyer,

Newberry

Dangerous crosswalk

In view of the continuing crosswalk accidents, I must offer my experiences.

I frequently drive on Southwest 62nd Boulevard and wondered how anyone could be so oblivious as to get ticketed when there are flashing warning signs and patrol officers in plain view.

Last Friday while driving on Southwest 62nd, I got my answer. I was extra cautious and yet had to slam on my brakes to stop for a young lady talking on her cellphone.

I couldn't see her until the last second because I was in the outside lane and there was another vehicle ahead of me on the inside lane blocking my view.

The next night I was going north and again had to slam on my brakes for a man coming from my left out of very poor light conditions.

All the cops in Gainesville and multiple flashing signs will not fix the problem.

Robert G. Harrell,

Gainesville

Morally straight

Morality is defined as conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct; the distinction between right and wrong; ethical.

A reader (Sun, Feb. 17) objects to gays in the Boy Scouts because the scout code says they are to be "morally straight" (according to God's plan). See above definition. Whether you believe in God or not, that definition does not change.

Does my being gay mean I cannot know the difference between right and wrong? Does it mean I cannot be virtuous or ethical? I think not.

Also, I'm quite sure when Robert Baden-Powell came up with the idea of boys being morally straight he was not thinking straight meant heterosexual or the opposite of gay. That usage came much later.

Duane Colwell,

Keystone Heights

Need to brainstorm

Senator Everett Dirksen once said, "A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there and pretty soon you're talking about real money." This could apply to city government and its attitude toward spending.

Since the current commissioners have not yet figured out how to get out of the billion-dollar hole they have dug for Gainesville Regional Utilities, they should do some further brainstorming before paying $1 million for a new fire station site.

In fact, Main Street might not be the best place to build a new station. If they narrow the roadway like North Main, large ladder trucks could find it difficult to navigate. There must be less expensive alternative in the immediate area.

If they should decide to buy the $1 million dollar site, where will the money come from?

I guess we will all have to stay tuned to observe the next brilliant financial move by the City Commission.

Robert J. Lynn,

Gainesville

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