Letters to the Editor for March 29, 2013


Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:24 p.m.

Small-minded

In response to Ken Krug (Sun, March 25), who gives you the right to vote on my marriage?

What else would you like to vote on? Women's suffrage? Jim Crow laws? The Civil Rights Act of 1964? A popular vote does not equate to being “right,” meaning ethical, moral or even legal.

In this country, the majority is charged to defend and protect minority groups. Voting on the private lives of a minority group is un-American and small-minded, not to mention selfish. Read the U.S. Constitution or even a history book. Historically, people with bad ideas have done great harm to people groups.

Gay marriage is an issue for gay people. Too many people have forgotten that truth. I will not suffer your social disease. Please butt out of my fundamental right to pursue happiness.

Sullivan Sanford,

Gainesville

Blot on his character

The Obama Justice Department is fighting to return a German family who fled here to avoid having to send their children to public schools.

Instead they would prefer to homeschool them for religious reasons. For whatever reason, this is not permitted in Germany and a number of other European Union countries.

I am at a loss to understand why a U.S. president would involve himself in a matter of this nature. Our founders fled to the Netherlands to avoid religious persecution, only departing to the New World because they didn't want their children to lose their religious and cultural identities.

The only other time such a horrible mistake was made was when Franklin Roosevelt turned back an entire ship full of German Jews trying to seek refuge from Hitler's persecution. It was a blot on his character and name that will never be forgotten.

Donald H. Kaufman,

Gainesville

Steep price

Gainesville has a lot to offer for a great quality-of-life experience. However, it comes at a steep price due to high property taxes, utility rates and gasoline prices.

Recently I purchased gas in Gainesville, Tampa and Orlando on the same day and paid 20 to 25 cents more per gallon in Gainesville. The major factors contributing to the price of gas are transportation costs, taxes and profits.

Ocala is the same distance from Tampa as Gainesville is from Jacksonville. The cost of gas is 10 to 12 cents per gallon cheaper in Ocala, so it is not transportation costs.

Gas in Waldo, in Alachua County, is 5 to 10 cents per gallon cheaper than Gainesville, so it is not taxes. So is it profits? Are we getting priced gouged at the pump?

Apparently our local politicians can't or won't do anything about our high taxes and utility bills, but what about our high gas prices?

Bill Boan,

Gainesville

Not science

Creationists continue to argue that the orderliness we see manifested in the natural world reflects a purposeful design and, therefore, a creator behind it all. They are certainly free to believe whatever they choose, but any attempt to suggest this view is based on anything other than faith reflects a misunderstanding of the scientific method.

One of the basic tenets of science is to explain phenomena with the simplest explanation that is consistent with the facts. If creationists' faith enables them to see a step beyond what science can demonstrate and thereby postulate an underlying God, that is their right but it is not science. If science unearths clear evidence of such a creative force, they will be the first to know.

In the meantime, it is prudent to remember that we may reasonably be asked if we believe in God, but nobody ever asks if we believe in gravity.

Don Goodman,

Archer

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