Letters to the Editor for April 2, 2013

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.

Evidence of apathy

I came to the University of Florida Small Animal Clinic to have a cancerous growth removed from the head of my service dog, Booster. Last week, I was privileged to attend the university's screening of "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz." It was documentary about the life of an amazing 16-year-old youth who lived in a Nazi concentration camp and ultimately died in a gas chamber. A discussion afterwards included Petr's bunkmate Sydney Taussig, a Holocaust survivor.

The audience was packed but had few individuals under the age of 30. Demographics would suggest that the highest number of the best and brightest young minds in the U.S. per square meter surrounded the venue. It is appalling that they had an opportunity to witness such history and failed to do so.

My apologies to Taussig for the apathy evidenced by the lack of interest on behalf of our undereducated, uninspired youth.

Davis Hawn,

Pass Christian, Miss.

Colossal blunder

Ten years ago we invaded Iraq and started the war, which is not quite finished today. What did we accomplish? And at what cost?

We captured Saddam Hussein and executed him. Not much else. The costs were enormous. The United States lost 4,000 killed, approximately 30,000 sick and wounded and the sum of $1 trillion.

The costs were far higher for Iraq. They had a million dead and wounded, and several million are now in refugee camps all over the Middle East.

It was a colossal blunder.

How did this happen? The architects of this war were George W. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. The press did not tell us what they knew, or should have known. And a cowardly Congress, Democrats and Republicans, voted for military action.

We apparently have not learned anything from the disaster of the Vietnam War.

Samuel I. Greenberg,


Vested interests

No nukes would be good news especially in a sunshine state where so much free solar power is readily available. There's so much undeveloped land between Gainesville and Cedar Key just waiting to be used.

With no nuclear meltdowns or waste materials to worry about, it would seem like a no-brainer except for the vested near-sighted interests who look for short-term gains and the consequences be damned. Think banksters and criminal corporate conspirators and you'll find a hint to what's going on here.

Meanwhile, living in Levy County, I'm being assessed for my own possible destruction by the power companies. I couldn't write fiction like this — No one would believe it!

Bob Tomashevsky,


Critical benefits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposal to cut payments to Medicare Advantage plans must be stopped. As a veteran, with Veterans Affairs benefits and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare Advantage plan, my health insurance needs are covered. Yet the future of my health care, and millions of others', is in jeopardy. The Affordable Care Act already made drastic cuts to advantage plans and any more will simply be too much.

Many seniors, myself included, would face increasing health care costs and loss of critical benefits. I survive on a very tight monthly budget and simply cannot afford to pay more for my health care. Seniors living on a fixed-income cannot afford additional cuts and may be forced to choose between paying their bills and paying for their health coverage. Seniors must not be forced to make these choices.

Jesse Thompson,

Cross City

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