Letters to the Editor for March 4, 2013
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
It was with great sadness that I read about the passing of Dr. C. Everett Koop. He will always be a hero of mine and I have very few of them these days.
A number of years ago he did a talk in Gainesville. The room was filled to capacity. Many of us in the audience were educators and there was incredible excitement. We knew we had a hero in our midst as he probably helped save the lives of tens of thousands of people. He helped ensure that they received the essential information to help protect themselves and their loved ones from preventable diseases such as AIDS and cancer. He was an adamant crusader for smoking cessation programs and other health issues as well.
If we and millions of others do like Koop managed to, then the potential for prevention and positive outcomes will come.
An ‘A' performance
My family and I recently went to the production of “In the Heights'” at P.K. Yonge High School. What a wonderful high school play!
First of all, the play is an Tony-winning one and PK Yonge is the first high school in the nation to be granted the rights for it. Secondly, these students did such justice to the play.
The music, acting, stage production and lighting all deserve an “A.”
Eing Van Roy,
I had the extreme pleasure to attend a recent performance at P.K. Yonge. It was remarkable to see the amount of Gainesville's own talent displayed by the entire cast, orchestra, choir and stage techs. The costumes, colors and choreography were professionally impressive. When you realize that it's mostly high school students from Gainesville in the performance, it's just amazing.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry. In most counties, pothole patching is a normal occurrence. In Alachua County, it is such an unusual event it makes front-page headlines (Sun, Feb 28).
To celebrate Valentine's Day, I took myself to lunch.
As I waited to be seated, an older gentlemen carrying a red and white cane was also sitting waiting for someone to pick him up. I assumed that he was blind. After a short wait, he got up and I believed he was looking for the restroom. A young man and his friend who were waiting for their lunch to be served came over and asked if he could help the blind man.
The young man guided him, opened the restroom door and helped him inside. When the blind man had a difficult time getting the door open to come out, the young man got up and opened the door for him.
I was touched by the generous heart shown by this young man; it was a Valentine's gift to me.
I'm participating in the fourth annual Run for Haven on March 16, and I thought it would be great to share this with other readers.
Last year, the run/walk and post-party attracted about 600 participants. It was great to see so many people in the community come out to support a great cause dressed up in St. Patrick's Day gear.
All proceeds from benefit Haven Hospice, a great local non-profit organization that I've personally supported for years. Haven does a great job at providing care for its patients and with all of the fundraising events put on throughout the year to gain awareness.
I highly encourage everyone to sign up for the run.
I promise you'll have a great time.