Letters to the Editor for March 18, 2013

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

Working together

I want to thank the commission and staff of Alachua County and the city of Hawthorne for working together to provide a common-sense solution for fire services in eastern Alachua County. We still have to negotiate the details, but it looks great for the Hawthorne area to once again have a higher level of emergency response.

As mentioned in The Sun's March 9 article, I have been working on this since 2009. I have not done it alone. The staff and commissioners of both the city of Hawthorne and Alachua County have put in countless hours to mend relationships and move forward for the benefit of our citizens.

I look forward to the city of Hawthorne working with all branches of government in a similar fashion to provide common-sense solutions to the challenges we face currently and in the future.

Matt Surrency,


city of Hawthorne

Better hearing

A recent article in The Sun concerned a new hearing-enhancement system installed at the Hippodrome State Theatre. The Gainesville Community Playhouse also has a loop system in place that works with the hearing aid.

Since February, this new system has received compliments from patrons, many of whom have noticed an improvement in their ability to enjoy the productions at the Vam York Theatre. For those without hearing aids, the theatre offers a system that amplifies sound through a beltpack/headset available from the box office and receives the same signal from the new system.

R.M. Maxwell,


Shame on you

Your paper is so liberal it makes me sick. You praise someone who only wants to take money from the people that work for a living and give it to people that are too sorry to work and do for themselves.

In the generation that I was raised in, we were taught that if you wanted to make something of yourself, you had to work hard. We were never told that you go get in a welfare line.

Our country has become a place that has more takers than makers and that mentality is going to ruin this great country of ours. Shame on you all.

Rob Prevatt,


Patron saint of animals

I was delighted to learn that the new pope chose the name of St. Francis of Assisi, known as patron saint of animals. Indeed, Catholic and Anglican churches hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of Oct. 4.

On a nature walk, Francis preached to the birds and is often portrayed with a bird in his hand. On another occasion, Francis concluded a pact with a wolf that was terrorizing townsfolk, whereby the wolf would quit preying on sheep in exchange for being fed regularly. He freed a rabbit from a trap, returned caught fish to their stream and fed half-frozen bees in winter.

I hope that Pope Francis will inspire Catholics and all persons of good will to show animals the respect and compassion they so richly deserve, particularly when it comes to subsidizing their abuse and slaughter for food. Joining the meatless Mondays trend may be a good start.

Doug Osborne,


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