Letters to the Editor for March 1, 2013
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.
Congratulations to Sgt. Joe Raulerson and the Gainesville Police Department for their campaign on crosswalk regulations.
Drivers either do not know the regulations or are just in too much of a hurry to obey them, making them very selfish in their driving manners.
Recently I witnessed a mother and child, in the rain, standing in the appropriate spot to let drivers know they intended to cross. It took several cars passing by before anyone took the time to stop so they could cross a busy four-lane street.
Whatever happened to driving manners? Remember: If everyone let one person merge in traffic, perhaps the traffic jams would be less. If everyone stopped at crosswalks when someone is waiting to cross, there would be fewer injuries and fatalities.
One never knows when they may be trying to cross a street and waiting for some motorist to acknowledge their presence and let them cross.
In response to your article "Crosswalk violators get expensive surprise" (Sun, Feb. 26), I have no issue with this attempt to make the public aware of the current problems facing people trying to cross a street. However, why are drivers the only ones being targeted?
Jaywalking is not legal, yet it goes unpunished by law enforcement. Perhaps the Gainesville Police Department could walk both sides of the line. I can't count how many times a person has walked into traffic in front of officers when I have the right of way. GPD does nothing. We have crosswalks for a reason. Keep things fair
I was appalled at the incendiary words and physical violence involving Eastside High School students as described in a Feb. 20 story.
These kids need parental intervention, a welcoming friend, a tutor, a leader, a church or another type of positive leadership. Most important, though, is parental involvement and holding the kids and their parents responsible for such disruptive behaviors.
I would discontinue all programs that are not working. Put the energy and money into programs that hold the kids' and their caregivers' feet to the fire, rewarding good behavior with the honor of being allowed to attend classes. Doing this would free up money for schools to spend on an as-needed basis.
Obama owns it
Former White House Budget Director Jack Lew, working with White House congressional liaison Rob Nabors, devised the plan of automatic spending cuts that President Barack Obama approved in the form of sequestration on July 27, 2011. Sen. Harry Reid sold sequestration to Congress after a joint committee was created to deal with the problem.
For the next 13 months, sequestration was kicked down the road so the federal government could continue spending. The end of the road is today.
Obama owns sequestration no matter what he says. His threats to inflict pain upon the American people by cutting vital services that the people depend upon, instead of eliminating obvious wasteful spending at the White House and elsewhere in the federal bureaucracy, is the height of executive irresponsibility deserving congressional censure.
Lack of judgment
At first glance, the photo of a father and his daughter on their horses is a wonderful, idyllic composition (Sun, Feb. 25).
Upon closer examination, a real lack of judgment becomes apparent. Horses are unpredictable animals. Taking them anywhere near traffic is always dicey.
Even the most seasoned mount can be spooked at any number of things. Placing a horse in this situation endangers him, the rider and the drivers going by.
The little girl does not have legs long enough to grip this animal and could not hold on if anything should happen. The father has not had the foresight to attach a lead line, place a helmet on his daughter's head, or consider a safety vest for her. Children and horses belong in the quiet country, preferably on fenced property with safety equipment on.
The horse and child are depending on this adult to protect them. He has let them both down.