Letters to the Editor for April 20, 2013

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:40 p.m.

Opportune time

With WUFT recently kicking off its spring membership campaign, I would like to inform its listening audience of NPR's plan to cancel the top-rated call-in show, “Talk of the Nation.” “Talk of the Nation” is scheduled to go off the air on June 28 and will be replaced by a news magazine program.

If you are as dismayed as I am over NPR's decision to end the thoughtful, intelligent and enjoyable “Talk of the Nation,” now would be an opportune time to contact your local station and voice your displeasure.

Laura Gayle Bialeck,


Effete liberals

If today's Gainesville was the wonderful, well run, gotta-live-there city of the average man (and not effete liberals), most discerning area people with an I.Q. beyond their shoe size would want to become Gainesvillains. Tell me again, what was the result of the recent annexation vote?

Bill Maur,


Who decides?

William Tutt's letter (Sun, April 12) regarding the difference between religious and civil marriage is disturbing on many levels. His notion that only marital unions deemed “best” for society should receive the highest protection and benefits gives rise to many questions: Who are the deciders that choose what is best? Are childless couples or older couples automatically relegated to the “not best” category?

What's next — categorizing various kinds of people as “best for society” and others as “not so much?” One need only look at history to see where such judgmental intolerance leads.

Celia Paynter,


Explain reasoning

Are doctors stupid? For decades studies have shown that antibiotics are being prescribed needlessly and causing nasty bugs' strength to increase.

Our doctors' practice of each year prescribing antibiotics to most of the population is risking the health for those of us who at some point will need an antibiotic (I've had two in the last 20 years). Will a doctor who practices this form of medicine explain their reasoning?

Keith Stegath,


Funeral snub

Since the Obama administration failed to send any official representatives to the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, voters get yet another glimpse of Chicago politics and petulance. Do not give me any bull about the Boston Marathon event taking precedence — the funeral non-arrangement was well in advance of the terrorist attack.

J.D. Henderson,


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