Letters to the Editor for March 25, 2013


Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.

Exaggerated view

Did concern expressed by state Rep. Keith Perry about a proposed wage recovery ordinance (Sun, March 17) strike anyone else as curious? Perry seemed to display an exaggerated view of a business owner’s vulnerability if accused of shorting an employee of legally earned pay.

Where is there a counter level of concern expressed for the “at will” employee who can be dismissed for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all? Can it be said that the current status in law of employee/employer relations represents a level playing field?

If there is no role for public policy through local or state elected government to provide anything for the wage earner beyond the right to quit, then perhaps the perspective of Perry is not as curious as I imagine. But I hope progressive efforts prevail over those of social reactionaries on the issue of a local wage recovery ordinance with real teeth.

Dave Hennig,

Gainesville

Class warfare

A Florida legislative committee recently decided that, instead of expanding Medicaid to provide basic level health care for almost a million needy residents, they’d rather turn down tens of billions of federal dollars. Was this decision based on arrogance, ignorance, or plain old class warfare?

They proudly proclaimed they wouldn’t put up with “Washington” telling “us” what to do — and would explore alternative ways of latching on to those federal dollars. Never mind they couldn’t come up with any alternatives. Never mind Florida federal taxes will pay for Medicaid expansion in other states. Never mind that these billions of dollars would be spent in Florida generating jobs and sales taxes.

It must really hurt these Republican, Ayn Rand, tea-party types to think that Floridians who need health care but can’t afford it might get something for “free.” Guess they think such people should just suffer and die quietly.

Richard H. Hiers,

Gainesville

Voters should decide

I find it interesting that Leonard Pitts (Sun, March 21) wants to report on Rob Portman’s U-turn on gay marriage, but doesn’t want to report in the same article, that both Hillary and Bill Clinton and President Obama have done reversals also. All three have stated in the past their opposition to same sex marriage.

The press would have us believe, on the basis of their polls of the Hollywood elite, that most Americans support same-sex marriage. I believe if it was on a ballot, most Americans would favor marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Look what happened in California, the voters said “no,” but a judge, who is gay, overturned the voters’ decision. The decision for gay marriage, like capital punishment, should be decided by the voters, not by a single individual, be it a judge or governor.

Ken Krug,

Hawthorne

Nothing to hide

I was dismayed and terrified after reading the March 18 article about bills that would hamper efforts to expose farm-animal abuse.

A bill introduced last week would make it illegal for any advocates of animal welfare to document in any form abuse to live farm animals. If it not for these videos, social media and groups such as the Humane Society, the public would remain unaware of the horrific abuses that are performed before they bite into that steak. If not for these videos, many industries would still be torturing, clubbing, skinning and abusing the farm animals in this industry.

The bill proclaims that “personal rights or the individuals rights to privacy” are invaded. What about the rights of the voiceless?

Hopefully, this bill will not be passed, because as my mother always taught me, if you have nothing to hide, you hide nothing.”

Dale Robbins,

Gainesville

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