Letters to the Editor for March 19, 2013


Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.

Money better spent

I am all for salary increases for state employees. I worked for the county and any time we were awarded a salary increase, it was a blessing.

One thing I want to make clear is please do not let this fall back on the taxpayers by increasing property taxes to cover this salary increase. If this were to happen, myself and many other taxpayers would be quite disappointed.

The money I pay in for taxes could be better spent on improving our city, like roads, not buying a new car or house or just paying their bills for these state employees.

Lissa Campbell,

Gainesville

Taxpayers burdened

A heartfelt thank you to Alachua County Commissioner Susan Baird for demonstrating, yet again, her concern for the taxpayer and private businesses by voting against the increase in salary for county employees to offset the 3 percent they are now required to pay into their own pensions.

As always, the taxpayers are now burdened with not only providing all pension benefits for these employees but charged with the responsibility of ensuring that these employees do not have to pay anything for themselves. And this commission pledges to entice private businesses here? Just how does it plan to do that while governing the highest taxed county in the state? Good luck with that.

Laurier Newsom,

Gainesville

Yoho is unaware

As a person who has seen the aftermath of domestic violence, I take strong issue with U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho's "no" vote on the Violence Against Women Act. His justification (Sun, March 12) tells me that he isn't aware of what is happening in his jurisdiction and across the country.

Domestic violence falls heavily on women and children. That's the reason the act was enacted in the first place. In addition, as The Sun's editorial rightly pointed out, Native American women are especially vulnerable. Currently, they have no recourse if the husband is a non-Native American.

I am deeply grateful that the act passed in spite of Yoho's negative vote. I support his plan to visit women's shelters and violence prevention groups and ask him to listen thoughtfully. The women seeking help in these shelters have great courage; many live with the strong possibility that their abuser will seek revenge.

Alice Gridley,

Gainesville

Money could be here

I read Lee Bidgood's March 14 letter with interest. The thing about the Canadian oil and the Keystone pipeline affects us all.

If the Keystone pipeline is not allowed, it is said that Canada will just sell and ship the oil to China, or maybe other countries. The situation is that the oil will be pumped and converted to gas and other fuels, either here or in another country. It will be used or burned as a fuel and the toxicity released into the world environment.

The money and jobs could be here in the U.S. or overseas. If not here, we are the economic losers and still get the global warming or climate change and possibly the rising waters around the world.

Maybe we should get the oil, jobs and money here and benefit Americans.

Everett Scroggie, Jr.,

Gainesville

Rewriting history

Your March 15 article regarding President Franklin D. Roosevelt's behavior just before and during the Holocaust is just another attempt at a whitewash. What he said and did in 1938 is irrelevant to what he did later, which was worse than nothing.

He sent escapees from Germany on the ship St. Louis back to die in gas chambers. Then he, and many other countries, increased their restrictions against immigration.

After all, how could this country take more immigrants? At that time our population was already just over 100 million. Our land mass was only about 3,000 miles wide from shore to shore.

Don't get me wrong: I love this country. It gave me tremendous opportunities. And I was born here, as were my parents, grandparents and great grandparents

Rewriting history is not the way to confront evil

Jon Berger,

Gainesville

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