Letters to the Editor for Feb. 27, 2013
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.
Time for discussion
Thank you for Feb. 24 editorial regarding "The Eastside High School Movie."
Years ago when the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Eastside had barely begun, I suggested there would be two divided groups and questioned what repercussions this might have. I had qualms about my son going there for this reason.
My son did apply for the IB program and was in the second graduating class. His father and I told our son that he could make the decision and we discussed the pros and cons.
The one thing that brought him into contact with the youth who were not in the IB program was the school band. It remains one of his very fond memories.
I am glad that a former Eastside student made the video and the African American Accountability Alliance brought it to the attention of the School Board. It is well past time for an in-depth discussion.
Eight years ago, my son was a victim of a shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down. The trauma surgeon said that his injury was "a tragedy of momentous proportions."
I will never forget the devastation of learning that my son would never walk, skateboard or stand up for the rest of his life.
What I didn't know was that he was doomed to be in excruciating pain. Because he is on Medicare and has no money, he has been denied any meaningful medical treatment for the central nervous pain that sears him every day.
If someone was kidnapped and tortured 24 hours a day, that would be considered a despicable heinous crime and punished harshly. But there is no justice for my son, just pain.
Mary Jane Brunel,
This letter is regarding the picture of a father and his daughter on horses riding along Williston Road (Sun, Feb. 25). Several of us with a specialty in rehabilitation nursing were horrified to see a small child on a horse.
There is no way that a 3-year-old can control a horse should the blaring of a fire truck or some other unexpected noise cause the animal to bolt. Plus, where is the child's helmet?
We love the evidence of a father spending time with his little girl, but that time should be spent with consideration for safety measures.
Better than that
Loblolly Woods — the forested nature preserve near Northwest Eighth Avenue — is a terrific asset to our lovely city. I estimate that 100 people traverse this park daily, doubling or tripling that number on weekend. They are walking, biking, jogging and shark-tooth hunting.
The preserve protects the watershed of key city creeks and serves as important habitat for local wildlife — everything from the ubiquitous armadillos to infrequent otters. Loblolly Woods is a municipal recreation and conservation treasure.
The city is considering sale of 5.7 of this 159-acre parcel to one landowner, to augment his adjacent property. Unthinkable! The reported $1 million price tag could not begin to cover the loss in current and future values of watershed protection, flood control, habitat conservation and recreation.
As Michael Bubb suggested in his detailed "Speaking Out" column of Feb. 17, don't sell our parks to pay the bills. Gainesville is better than that.
Karen A. Kainer,
Demand a response
Once hailed as beneficial technological advances powering our civilization, fossil fuels are now recognized as serious threats incurring long-term costs to our planet that must be repaid to keep our climate in balance. If terrorists posed similar threats, we would move swiftly to disarm them. Continuing to burn fossil fuels turns a blind eye to the threat.
Given the cumulative effects of fossil-fuel burning, future generations will increasingly be saddled with this debt. Responsibility to our children demands that we put future needs ahead of misguided desires to prop up outdated industries simply to support our current economic well being.
While we can modify individual behaviors to reduce our impact, government policy is required to change how we power our economy as a whole. Putting a price on carbon is a rational first step.
Contact your public officials to demand a response to climate change.