Letters to the Editor for March 26, 2013


Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.

Work threatened

The Gainesville Sun is to be commended for its in-depth reporting and editorial about the proposed Alachua County wage theft ordinance.

All the good work by our Alachua County commissioners and staff is threatened by Senate Bill 1216. Instead of helping settle claims for wages earned but not paid, it would leave low-income workers with no recourse other than to go to court, burdening the business owner and employee with costs in excess of the unpaid wages.

The bill exempts any business grossing $500,000 or more a year, favoring out-of-state corporations over locally owned small businesses. Recent litigation has identified major national restaurant chains and retailers that have made wage theft corporate policy, making it impossible for a terminated worker to collect for the final pay period they worked.

I am disappointed that our own state Sen. Rob Bradley has sponsored this legislation. I hope he will withdraw his support.

Richard K. MacMaster,

Gainesville

Something is wrong

Records are checked to assure squeaky-clean records that prevent the average or above-average person from getting and keeping a job. The slip of the tongue gets the average person fired.

Why is it that politicians and many public officials can get DUIs and forgiveness, then continue receiving high honors and fat salaries?

Bad behavior warrants good, while good behavior gets dire and devastating consequences. Something is wrong with this picture as it does not match ethical, moral or legally defensible laws.

Individuals and groups who operate on these codes need to return to the basic premise of the Constitution, Robert's Rules of Order and the golden rule.

Juanita P. Terrell,

Williston

Ban circus animals

It was with great disgust and sadness that I passed the Oaks Mall last week to see elephants chained up in the back parking lot.

Although I did not visit the Cole Bros. traveling circus that day, I can only imagine these beautiful elephants were not the only animals involved.

I cannot fathom in this day and age that something has not been done to ban the use of animals in circuses. There should be a ban in our community on any traveling circus that uses animals in their acts.

Circus animals do not do their tricks because they want to; they do so out of fear of punishment. A quick online search will open your eyes to the abuse of circus animals.Please stop supporting these traveling circuses.

Angela Smith,

Gainesville

Managed resources

So Jared Pennock (Sun, March 21) visited the Ocala National Forest and was aghast to see a 100-acre clear cut in a forest of 383,000 acres.

All national forests are mandated by Congress to manage their resources, including timber. Besides providing the lumber and paper products that Pennock believes we can live without, revenues generated from timber harvests go to the national treasury and local governments.

Due to pressure from extreme environmental groups, timber harvests on most national forests have declined to the point where harvested volume is less than the annual growth of the forests. As a result, overstocked, over-mature stands of trees decline in health and become susceptible to fires that can be more disruptive and damaging to wildlife than any clear cut.

The "absolute madness" and "destruction" that Pennock sees is actually just a temporary change in the forest landscape that produces new growth favored by a diversity of wildlife species.

Bob Mowbray,

Gainesville

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