Letters to the Editor for April 15, 2013
Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 5:38 p.m.
My husband and I decided that Sunday, April 7, was such a pretty day we would go to the Spring Arts Festival, as we have done for many years. Now things are different; I have a handicapped tag for my car and going out is a challenge.
We wondered where there might be handicapped-designated parking. We finally found a parking place knowing it might limit our time at the festival. We wondered why the city didn't move its vehicles to the public works lot for the weekend, freeing up parking at the Thomas Center.
A volunteer at the festival information booth didn't seem aware of the parking problem but wondered why it hadn't been addressed. My conclusion is that the city can hold parking places at the Thomas Center hostage for employees on Monday, and people with disabilities were not considered in the planning of the festival or not expected to show up.
The Lady Gator basketball season may have ended with a semi-final WNIT loss to Drexel, but it certainly wasn't due to lack of effort in that game or throughout the season. Having attended all their home games, we witnessed a level of fighting spirit and “never quit” attitude that made us all proud. The improvement of our young players over the course of the season was a tribute to both the players and the coaches, and it bodes well for next year.
We will be there for every game, and for those of you who haven't seen Coach Amanda Butler's team play, please plan to join us. You will see what we mean.
Gene and Charlotte Ryan,
I want to thank the Bartram apartment complex for the donation of a furnished apartment to Shands Hospital for Children at UF for the use of families with a baby being treated there.
This is a such a good community service and one that helps families who are having a very difficult life event.
Thank you for being so generous.
I would also like to thank all the people who support the Ronald McDonald House and any other organizations that help the families of and patients at Shands and North Florida.
This is a generous community and The Sun is good at giving information about the needs so that people can help our friends, neighbors and families who come here for medical care.
There may be other businesses who have made such contributions and I would like to see The Sun focus on them and how others can help.
Pamela Hunter Feaster,
Just when I thought that Congress was completely useless and unable to tackle any of the significant problems our country faces, I was heartened to hear that some members need to investigate why Beyonce and Jay-Z spent their anniversary in Cuba. The outrage! Now I can rest easy at night knowing our leaders are on the job.
The issue of wage theft as unlawful withholding of wages and benefits is already covered under federal law in the Fair Labor Standards Act. In almost every case, underpayment of employees is of greatest interest to the Internal Revenue Service with a system of enforcement already in place.
Instead of duplicating efforts with the unnecessary expense of new state legislation, victims of wage theft would be more appropriately counseled to seek relief by filing a complaint with the IRS.