Letters to the Editor for March 22, 2013


Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:50 p.m.

In this together

Having recently retired from 32 years of public service, I feel a need to respond to two letters that appeared Tuesday regarding the “taxpayers burden” related to salaries and pensions paid to government employees. Here is a news flash: Government employees are taxpayers, too, and subject to the same tax increases as everyone else. I don't think anyone in public service wants taxes increased to provide raises.

Government employees probably comprise a significant portion of your customer base if you own a small business in Alachua County or the surrounding areas. If you feel taxpayers are overburdened by money paid to public employees, I suggest you consider implementing a policy in your business whereby you donate a percentage, let's call it 3 percent, back to the taxpayers for every dollar a public employee spends in your business.

Seriously though folks, times are hard and we are all in this together for better or worse.

Jim Santangelo,

Melrose

Little learned

Regardless of political party, our national leaders have learned little in the decade since the invasion of Iraq.

Neither Iraq nor Afghanistan has established a true, sustainable republic. The physical and financial costs of pre-emptive, prolonged wars are being left for future generations to remedy. The cash borrowed for these endeavors has been leveraged against the earning potential of America's aggregate workforce and their children. Obama, Boehner and Reid have offered no serious solutions, and show a gross lack of concern about the economic ramifications of accruing insolvent debt.

True change will not come from these men or their parties. American voters have the sole responsibility to affect their future by electing valuable leaders who eschew non-essential violence, spend current and future tax revenues intelligently, and respect the human right to self-determination.

Matthew Tischler,

Gainesville

Casting doubt

William Scott Billings' March 15 letter to the editor poses the question: “About 99.9 percent of all species that have ever existed are no more. Would that be a result of faulty design?”

Evolutionists have long been dissatisfied with the fossil record because it supports a special creation. The fossil record consistently shows a pattern of sudden appearances and disappearances. In an attempt to cast doubt, evolutionists have claimed that the fossil record shows trial and error. To assume that extinction equates failure defies logic.

Our creator designed many creatures for a specific purpose and environment and then simply left them behind when their job was done. Those extinct forms were not failures. They did exactly what they were designed to do for as long as necessary. True science follows the evidence no matter where it may lead.

Tim Sharpe,

Palm Bay

Moral collapse

Regarding our more than $16 trillion debt, I would like to suggest that it is the fruit of our moral collapse. The saying “A family can live without a nation, but a nation cannot exist without the family” holds true.

In 1963, U.S. Rep. A.S. Herlong Jr. of Florida outlined 45 goals of Communism to Congress. They include presenting homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy;” infiltrating the churches and replacing revealed religion with “social” religion; and discrediting the family as an institution.

Until we see a return to traditional American values, restoration of our families and revival of sola Scriptura in our churches, we will continue to watch our ship sink, and the life boats burning.

Ed Arrington,

Alachua

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