Letters to the Editor for March 6, 2013

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

Outrageous price tag

The Sun's Feb. 28 article about Mom's Kitchen was an interesting reminder. County Commissioner Rodney Long, wearing his real-estate broker hat, pushed the City Commission to buy this dilapidated, overpriced white elephant.

He had two arguments: 1.) the property had historical significance in the Northwest Fifth Avenue commercial district. 2.) Earl Young, heir of the original "Mom" and operator of the famed soul-food restaurant, had fallen on hard times and needed the money.

First, there is no evidence that this building had any historical value other than it had housed the restaurant. When the building is torn down, which is very likely, the city will be stuck with an unbuildable lot at the outrageous price tag of $165,000.

Two, need of the seller should not be a consideration when the city is purchasing any kind of property. The need of the city for the property should be the first and only consideration.

Robert J. "Bob" Lynn,


Educated country boy

Clayton Smith finally said it in his March 3 rant regarding U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho. The liberal-elitist section of Gainesville feels left out because a person who doesn't look, talk, act like or agree with them has been elected to represent everyone in the district.

I would much rather place my trust in a highly educated country boy who for many years was able to run a very successful business, than the majority of our elected officials who haven't done anything but manage other people's money. I also strongly resent the fact that Smith obviously feels that just because we rural people talk a little slower that we are an inferior and ignorant class of folks.

This sounds just like your liberal leaders constantly telling "we the people" that they know what's best for us. It's about time we had some rural, country, common-sense leadership.

Craig Mikell,

High Springs

Denied coverage

I read with interest the article on the tragic events surrounding the sinkhole collapse in Seffner. I wanted to provide clarification to the assertion that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against such dangers.

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 408 into law. In essence, this law allowed state homeowner insurance carriers with the ability to remove sinkhole coverage from policies or create special deductibles that made the repairs economically impossible.

In addition, guidelines were implemented that allow insurers to deny coverage if the structural damage to a residence does not meet certain criteria. This means you can have a sinkhole under your home and the carrier can deny coverage.

This law was a response to the filing of frivolous sinkhole claims in Pasco and Hernando counties. The consequence is that many homeowners have little or no sinkhole coverage and many homes are going unrepaired.

Joseph C. Cauthen IV,


Imploding process

Congress' unwillingness to compromise is a direct result of the Citizens United ruling. Congressional members are too afraid to govern, for fear of being targeted in primary elections. Thanks to this ruling, financial interests ญญ— unrelated to pertinent districts — are influencing local elections, for a broader national agenda.

Granted, any person or corporation can contribute to these clandestine war chests, but most are skewed toward plutocrats. And unfortunately, many well meaning conservatives are being inadvertently dragged along.

The sequestration is just the dysfunctional shrapnel of an imploding political process. But guess who'll get hit? The foot soldiers, not the generals.

Dereck R. Jones,


Limit salaries

Recently someone proposed that college athletes get paid because they bring in so much money to the universities. If they bring in that much money, why do tuition rates keep going up?

Tuition rates keep going up because the salaries of the administration and the professors keep going up. The only way to stop this is for lawmakers, either state or federal, to develop salary standards for administrators and professors.

College professors do not deserve a salary that is more than double the salary of a secondary school teacher. The work is close to the same.Actually, the secondary teachers work is harder. The secondary teachers work longer hours than college professors and it is harder to deal with children and teenagers who are not as mature as college-age adults.

Setting a limit on how much salary any university administrator or professor makes will increase the money available for research and teaching.

Michael W. Harris,

Lake City

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