Letters to the Editor for March 11, 2013

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.

Dislike of the word like

This writer is an avid National Public Radio listener. During its interviews, with great frequency, I have counted many misuses of the word “like.”

What's most disturbing is these gross grammatical violations spring from the mouths of “babe” interviewers (and it is also likely inarguable that these shockingly well-paid interviewers are under the age of 40).

Back in the 1970s we called this manner of speech “valley speak,” for suburban L.A. teenagers. Generally these pre-pubescent vocalists would enhance their point with hair twirling or flipping and an occasional “totally” thrown in for good grammatical measure.

I'm no William F. Buckley, but in third grade we were taught that “like” (and “as”) are similes, meaning, “similar to” and not to be verbally abused as filler in your awkward interviews with poet laureates, members of Mensa or the Algonquin Round Table.

Dorothy Parker would have a field day with these whippersnappers.

Melody Wasson,


Majestic artistry

Gainesville is one of the luckiest cities in Florida. The Gainesville Chamber Orchestra's 30th Anniversary Concert at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall was an evening of majestic artistry displayed by incredibly talented musicians and a formidable local artist, Eleanor Blair.

Having lived my developing adult life in New York City and spending a good deal of that time attending concerts at Carnegie Hall, I was transported back there during this overwhelming performance of our beloved orchestra under the magical direction of Evans Haile.

Yes, Gainesville we are lucky and we must consciously continue to support these magnificent musical and artistic talents. Mega thanks to you all.

B. James Quigley,


Support amendment

Our politicians have not been able to solve our problems because they do not represent the public constituency, or the common good, but in fact represent big-money special interests that financially support their elections.

As citizens, we can do something to combat their inability to fulfill their responsibility to the American people. Hold all elected officials responsible for their full support of the “We the People” amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Under the amendment, money is not speech and can be regulated. Government would be able to regulate, limit or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process.

Government would be able to require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed. The judiciary couldn't construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

Bill Gilbert,


Simply no provision

There is an absurdity in Walt Boyer's guest column, “Convention idea is full of risks” (Sun, March 4). It is not possible that a “con-con abolishes the Constitution.”

Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that such “a Convention for proposing Amendments” can do nothing that is not ratified by three fourths of the states. There simply is no provision for a con-con to do anything else.

Even if a new Constitution were drafted, it could not suspend the existing Constitution nor become the law of the land without three fourths of the states approving an amendment to the present Constitution.

Nor did the Constitutional Convention of 1787 abolish the Articles of Confederation without the consent of the states by a ratification process within the convention's mandate.

J. Leroy Tillman,


Back medical marijuana

If you support medical marijuana then please go to the Marijuana Policy Project website and click on the link to ask your legislators to support Senate Bill 1250 and House Bill 1139. Please email the form letter to your representatives to show your support.

The bill was named after Cathy Jordan, who has had Lou Gehrig's disease for 27 years and is wheelchair bound. Shortly after the bill was filed, Jordan's house was raided by the Manatee County Sheriff's Department. A team of deputies staged a guns-drawn raid on Jordan and her 64-year-old husband.

Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., currently allow medical marijuana, but Florida currently does not. Approved conditions would include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and a few other serious conditions.

Please help with your support.

Mark Fetko,


Establish fairness

I urge our county commissioners to revisit and pass the wage recovery ordinance. The Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force spelled it out and makes things foolproof.

There is already a model for us to mold and copy for our county and it is a simple mediation process. By establishing fairness in business competition, this economic enhancer is a win- win situation.

It's a no brainer. I support the wage recovery ordinance and so should you.

Marie Dino,


Temper tantrum

I see where President Obama has canceled public tours of the White House as the result of sequester cutbacks. Sounds a lot like a childish temper tantrum.

One wonders if he will have to cancel a few of his million-dollar Air Force One excursions.

Jim Clayton,


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