Letters to the Editor for April 21, 2013


Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 11:19 p.m.

Really embarassing

As a Precinct 22 voter, may I add another perspective to Thomas Beck’s letter (Sun, April 9) about annexation? As I entered the polling place on Tuesday afternoon, the gracious workers and I had the place completely to ourselves. My signature before receiving my ballot was the only one on the page at nearly 2 p.m.

After I commented on it, one of the workers told me that nearly 30 percent of the voters trying to cast ballots in the mayoral election were not eligible to vote in the city! If these 30 percent, who may or may not have been part of the 83 percent to vote against annexation to the city, were so uninformed as to show up a week later to vote for the city mayor, perhaps we, as city dwellers, are fortunate that they voted against joining the city.

Gainesville needs all the informed voters it can get; clearly these folks are not ready for prime time. It really is embarrassing.

Elaine Mattson,

Gainesville

Arrogant and nasty

As a lifelong Democrat I was proud my Democratic friends were not bullied by fear tactics spewed by Democratic Executive Committee members and the Lowe campaign.

Voters identified with Ed Braddy’s positive message — he listened to residents and chose to represent the people.

Braddy’s goal/vision was clear to those who listened and reflected the will of the people: a safe and affordable Gainesville. It included good government (open, transparent and accountable); repairing our neglected, unsafe and crumbling streets; fixing the unnecessary 30-year overpriced biomass contract; opposing Gainesville Regional Utilities rate hikes and overcharges; protecting neighborhoods; transportation equality; and wanting to hear what all the citizens have to say.

Mayor Craig Lowe chose to run his campaign in the same defiant, arrogant and nasty way in which over the past three years he has treated people that he was once elected to serve.

Debbie Martinez,

Gainesville

More understanding

I’ve been watching and listening as the news has rolled out about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. It recently dawned on me that this is exactly what the Israelis have had to cope with, almost on a daily basis, ever since their country became independent. Perhaps some of the critics of Israel will come to realize this as well and become a little more understanding when the Israelis retaliate.

Gray Bates,

Gainesville

Innocent bystanders

Happy days are here again for the people of Miami. Thanks to the vote in Washington last week, gang bangers won’t have to rely on their grandfather, relatives or neighbor to get their firearms.

I know that Sen. Marco Rubio is a young man and he might not remember, but someone should tell him that Tubbs and Crockett were actors, the cocaine cowboys used real bullets and a lot of innocent bystanders got killed.

H.D. Patterson,

Gainesville

Higher expectations

The Texas House recently approved lowering testing standards and cutting out higher level math and sciences because they fear students will drop out because of “higher expectations.” Other states are expected to follow.

How can our nation succeed when we continually lower our standards? How can we ever gain a better foothold in the world economy when we lower our standards? I strongly believe that our children live up to the expectations we have of them. If we don’t expect much and we don’t teach them to expect much of themselves, they will never achieve much.

Our education system has big problems; our economy and future economy has big problems, but we will never escape them by lowering expectations and standards. We set ourselves up for failure this way. It’s a simple mathematical formula: lower expectations + lower standards = lower economies and fewer successes ... and I was never even that good in math.

Teresa Robinett,

Gainesville

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