Letters to the Editor for April 17, 2013

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.

Loud and clear

On April 9, voters in Precinct 22 were forced to vote on the unrequested referendum for annexation into the city of Gainesville. These annexations are becoming more common due to city leaders' irresponsible spending and poor management decisions (i.e. the biomass plant), forcing them to find other sources of income to fill the gaps.

The voters of Precinct 22 have spoken loud and clear by more than 80 percent delivering a resounding "no." The City Commission apparently does not like the democratic process because it does not allow them to achieve its desired results. Commissioner Susan Bottcher may circumvent the voting process with what she called voluntary annexation, which she stated does not require a referendum.

The city lost. It needs to suck it up and move on, but it won't because the money is too good to give up. Annexation is primarily about money, not services or representation.

Thomas Beck,


Take his title

I have one question regarding the deferred prosecution agreement with teacher of the year Glen Nichol: Why does he still have teacher of the year as a title?

His license for teaching was stripped. Shouldn't that title be taken from Nichol as well? Personally, what kind of garden he grew at Lawton Chiles Elementary or recycling program he implemented is not pertinent anymore. He allegedly touched innocent children inappropriately!

As a parent and a retired educator of 37 years, I am appalled that we still refer to him as teacher of the year. Nichol disrespected and degraded his follow educators at the school where he once taught, and in the district that he represented.

He is only getting a slap on the wrist for this alleged sexual offense, with a prayer and promise not to offend again.

Lissa Campbell,


Stay classy

A recent story said Gator basketball coach Billy Donovan wants his players to get "nasty" next season.

As a Gator mom, I instead ask for three other things:

Practice shooting at the foul line until all the players can shoot at least 80 percent. Games would have been won had the players been more accurate.

Practice on focus and mental toughness. You can't make a shot if you have already turned the ball over at critical times.

Practice being in tough situations and how to get out of them.

Stay classy, Gators! You win games — and fans — that way.

Donna G. White,

Pembroke Pines

Haste makes waste

Two major issues have come to the fore in Washington D.C. — gun control and immigration reform.

President Obama made a speech supporting background checks and magazine capacity limits, stating that 90 percent of Americans support background checks and that's the reason the legislation should be passed. There were times that majorities thought that the world was flat and that slavery in our country was necessary and a good idea.

The buzz on immigration reform is that the legislation needs to be brought immediately to the Senate floor for a vote with limited or no review. Haven't we heard this before? We had to immediately pass the stimulus bill to prevent a massive rise in unemployment and we had to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it. I learned a long time ago that haste makes waste, and that has never been more true than when it is applied to the federal government.

Pete Backhaus,


Wasting a crisis

In light of the recent near-mass murder in Texas by a knife-wielding student, it is time for our benevolent and all-knowing government to make possessing a knife an issue.

Obviously, knives are very dangerous. They are easy to conceal and assaults with them will become more common.

Concealed knife and proper-use courses should be required for ownership. Registration should be considered. Hunters, housewives (who still cook) and whittlers should be the first to qualify for ownership or possession of a knife.

Wake up, America. We should never let a crisis go to waste.

Roy Chapman,


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