Letters to the Editor for April 8, 2013


Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.

Not broken

Please encourage your legislators in the Florida House and Senate to leave the Florida Retirement System alone. Why try to fix something that is not broken? Florida certainly has enough that is broken and that needs fixing to keep our legislature busy for quite some time.

Florida public employees currently have the option of voluntarily choosing to participate in the FRS Investment Plan instead of the FRS Pension Plan, so why take that option away from them and make participation in the FRS Investment Plan mandatory for all?

It makes little sense, and it represents an unnecessary and unwelcome intrusion of government into the right of personal choice of the individual. That's hardly a conservative principle.

Jose M. Catasus,

Gainesville

Fundamental resource

Many thanks to highly experienced and informed authors such as Bob Knight, John Moran and The Sun's own Ron Cunningham for continuing to pursue and enlighten all of us on the ever increasing threat to our most fundamental life resource: our water.

Their consistent attention to the ongoing destruction of our marvelous spring system, which is the most direct reflection of the quality of our aquifer from which all water comes, is appreciated by all. If we don't heed their advice and do it soon, the springs will die and the Floridan Aquifer will turn into catacombs.

Bill Salmon,

Gainesville

Seeing the monstrosity

Nancy Pelosi said vote for Obamacare in order to know what is in it. All the Democrats did just that — very smart. Now we are slowly seeing the monstrosity it is.

Senate Democrats, who all who voted for it, now want the repeal of the 3.8 percent tax on medical devices, which they say will kill highly skilled technological jobs and stifle research. Doctors' reimbursements are lower, with many choosing to retire, leaving fewer to care for more. Insurance companies will pay for an increase on medical claims, in turn increasing premiums. Employers will pay a $65 tax per employee, job loss will incur and costs will passed on to the consumer.

Don't forget to thank a Democrat for the dismemberment of the best health care system in the world.

Eileen Maren,

Gainesville

Grateful non-believer

In reference the Sun's March 27 editorial cartoon: If you believe the earth is 6,000 years old, then you believe you should kill your child if he/she sasses you (Lev 20:9, Mark 7:9-13, etc.); you believe when Jesus returns to earth if you aren't Christian you will “suffer the punishment of eternal destruction” (2 Thess. 1:6-9). You believe that homosexuality, same-sex marriage and abortion are “wrong” because the Bible says so.

Personally, I'm grateful every day that I am a non-believer and that the Gainesville Sun provides us all with a forum to express our ideas.

Jerry Jenkins,

Micanopy

Under attack

“Assault” weapon is a cosmetic descriptive term and is, as used by the frenzied media, strictly cosmetic. The knee-jerk reactions by legislators only serves to make criminals out of ordinary law-abiding citizens who happen to believe in the Constitution and its explicit safeguards against a totalitarian government.

If one should happen to read the Bill of Rights and consider the present state of our country, it should be clear that the First, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and 10th amendments are under attack to some degree.

Terry FitzPatrick,

Archer

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