Letters to the Editor for Feb. 26, 2013


Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:36 p.m.

Minority stakeholder

Revisions to higher education in Texas (Sun, Feb. 21) have become a model for Florida as well. The aim is to keep universities affordable and, following the business model, accountable for their funding. Certainly the public deserves to get value for the money it contributes.

But the same article notes that Texas contributes only about 13 percent of the budget at the University of Texas at Austin. Across the country, states have steadily reduced support for higher education. This has happened also in Florida. At the same time, governors and legislatures have become more involved in the running of state universities.

Are there examples from the business world where a 13 percent stakeholder assumes nearly full control over selecting (or retaining) the CEO, determining how the business is run and setting its prices?

Barbara Barletta,

Gainesville

Bishop blunders

The U.S. Catholic bishops are always right when they teach about faith and morals. But when they step outside their area of expertise and address political issues, they're almost always wrong.

For example, some bishops want even more gun control legislation. They don't understand that criminals don't obey gun laws. The best remedy for a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.

Quite a few bishops pushed for the government takeover of health care that resulted in Obamacare. This has blown up in their faces. Obamacare requires Catholic employers with more than 50 employees to pay for contraception, voluntary sterilization and the morning-after pill.

Faithful Catholics should obey the bishops when they teach about birth control, abortion, the permanence of the marriage covenant and other matters of faith and morals. When a bishop promotes politically correct fads, he should expect opposition from the faithful.

Andrew Scholberg,

Gainesville

Deep divisions

Jack Martin's Feb. 17 letter opposing the Boy Scouts allowing gay members was a perfectly valid personal opinion. However, the writer went well beyond his opinion and noted that he had "learned that ‘morally straight' meant morally upright according to God's plan, not man's plan, and I don't believe that has changed."

Essentially the writer is claiming knowledge of "God's plan" and claiming that his preference is consistent with that. That claim is based on two assumptions, neither of which has rational evidence for support. The first is that a supernatural God exists and the second is that at least some humans have accurate knowledge of what God supports and opposes. This claim becomes even more questionable when one recognizes that the Christian community is deeply divided on this issue.

James H. Sullivan Jr.,

Gainesville

Do the math

A recent letter writer was certainly correct when he stated that "taxpayers are economically ignorant" when he proposed that if every taxpayer paid just 42 cents a day, we could raise $30 billion and "that would put us back where we belong." Assuming his math is correct, that would only pay the interest on our debt for about eight days.

Perhaps, he should do the math on how many taxpayers it takes to support our bloated government and pay off the deficits that the Obama administration has run up each year. Here's a hint: There's not enough of them.

Ben Butler,

Alachua

More retribution

The president is being constantly chastised by right-wing conservatives for the events last September in Benghazi. The president and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been overly criticized for their confusion and actions regarding this unfortunate incident in which four Americans were killed by terrorists.

In perspective, this is more retribution than Bush and Cheney have received for being responsible for the deaths of over 5,000 brave coalition soldiers, the wounding of over 30,000 more coalition combatants, the deaths and wounding of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis and the untold misery for hundreds of thousands other Iraqis in the unfounded, unjust and immoral Iraq war.

If the president is to be further admonished for his handling of Benghazi, then as a minimum Bush and Cheney should be sent to the World Court in The Hague to stand trial for their actions in Iraq.

Ron Kamzelski,

Cedar Key

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