Letters to the Editor for March 8, 2013

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:52 p.m.

It's dumb not to vote

David Foster Wallace had it right when he warned us why it's dumb not to vote: “If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical ... In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”

I'm voting to keep Eighth Avenue as it is but with reduced speed limits, to finish the biomass plant and to bring back the English language.

Tom Cunilio,


Democracy no longer

A new and very descriptive version of our new form of government has evolved. No longer do we have a democracy or a republic.

We have (drum roll) an: Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-re-cy) — A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers

Frank Womack,


Cut federal incomes

Firing or furloughing some federal employees does not improve life for them or for the rest of us. Nobody should be made jobless. Income for federal employees — including members of Congress and the president, his Cabinet and staff — should instead be reduced by one percent for those earning more than $40,000 a year, two percent for those earning between $40,000-$60,000 and increments of one percent for each $20,000 of salary above that.

In this way, a loss of federal jobs and services would not impact us taxpayers. Congress would be reminded that it, in agreeing to the budget, is the true cause of the deficit.

Nothing here stated would prevent the administration or the Congress from raising the income tax on particularly able professional athletes and the less physically able.

R.W. Bertcher,


Don't count on it

A recent article on the BP oil spill trial in federal court states, “Transocean, which leased the Deepwater Horizon rig to BP, says the leak could have been stopped two months earlier.” Also it claims that BP “withheld numerous documents, analysis and estimates that would have allowed those outside BP to realize that BP's flow rate claims were misleading and fraudulent.”

On March 18, 2011, the Coast Guard issued a report called “BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Incident Specific Preparedness Review.” On Page 65, there is evidence that the Obama administration helped BP withhold information from the Coast Guard.

Will the head of the Department of Homeland Security that withheld the information be sworn in at the trial and provide reasons for assisting BP in the cover up? Don't count on it.

Mike Segal,


Be grateful, voters

During the November elections, voters in Florida defeated nine of 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution, one of which was known as the Religious Freedom Amendment. Had this amendment passed, Florida schoolchildren would have been provided vouchers to attend religious schools — at taxpayers' expense, of course.

In a recent issue of The Economist magazine, it was reported that in 2007 the archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to a settlement of $660 million to plaintiffs of sexual abuse and ultimately named 122 priests accused of abuse dating back decades. Based on this and other evidence around the world, I think Florida Christian voters should be grateful that the Religious Freedom Amendment did not pass.

Jerry Jenkins,


Intelligent creator

Seeds come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Some even look alike. Yet they are all different in that they produce entirely different growths. Why is that?

There must be some kind of a program inside of the seed that requires it to grow in a certain way. How did that seed get its programmed information?

With any program there must have been a programmer as with our modern electronic equipment. What about the programmer for the seeds? Who is that? It is not a human being. Then where did the intelligence come from to design a program for the seeds?

The intelligence that produced the program must have been extremely intelligent not only to produce the seed but also to design a program telling the seed what it should become when nourished by nutrients in the ground.

Can that intelligence be anything other than God, the almighty creator?

Frederic Lussky,


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