Letters to the Editor for April 22, 2013
Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7:37 p.m.
On April 6, I had the pleasure of participating in the second annual Running of the Bulldogs, a 5K race to support the Relay for Life and American Cancer Society.
This amazing event was organized and run strictly by volunteers and headed by Carmen Pedroso, the Spanish teacher for Gilchrist County high schools. A student drew the logo for the T-shirts, art students designed and crafted the medals, and many students participated in the run and supported this worthy cause.
The event more than doubled its participation from the inaugural event last year. I just wanted to congratulate and recognize Pedroso, the teachers, students and everyone else whose hard work and dedication helped to make this race an incredibly successful event. The spirit in which this community works together to support many causes is one reason I am proud to call Gilchrist County my home.
We attended the Hippodrome's production of “Robin Hood” on Wednesday evening with our son and his family visiting from Connecticut. All of us, including our fifth-grade grandson and his mother, were thoroughly entertained and thrilled. This was not exactly the traditional rendition of the famed outlaw, nor was it a cheap imitation of the Kevin Costner version. Instead, it was a truly unique combination of clever scripting, superb acting, live action, tons of audience participation, and good, clean entertainment suitable for all ages.
We strongly recommend that any family with school-age children give this a try. You won't be disappointed. We also urge the Hipp to consider more family-friendly productions for future programming.
Gene and Agnes Bierbaum,
The ongoing road problems are due to the ideology of building something that is not truly a need and the agenda of not funding needs such as road repairs.
The powers that be have held roads hostage until the electorate buys into their desires for ideas like streetcars and bus rapid transit. The problem is that with this track record, there is no evidence that if voters go along with funding the pet projects that anything will change with road funding.
Population projections don't warrant the need for bus-only lanes even 30 years out. A more effective alternative would be bus turnouts, services in populated areas at more timely intervals and service to outlying municipalities that coincide with business and school hours.
Until “the powers” scale back their overly costly vision and face reality, there will never be an agreement between them and taxpayers who utilize the roads they refuse to maintain.
The April 12 guest editorial from the Kansas City Star, “Powerful Trends,” neglected to mention three advances in energy and water-treatment technologies that could save on energy bills and save our springs and aquifer.
The natural gas-powered hydrogen fuel cell uses no water but emits water vapor as waste instead. It requires no expensive, overhead power lines to maintain or repair after storms. The second new energy source is a much cheaper kind of nuclear power that uses the spent fuel stockpiled at the older, more expensive plants. The new plant design would cost $1.5 billion to build, compared with the old style that cost $20 billion (paid for with higher electric bills).
Finally, to address water depletion from overuse of the aquifer in many parts of the country, we should consider cogeneration desalination plants that use the wasted steam power of electric power plants. Isn't that smarter than snuffing out our springs?
Ray of sunshine
If you want to smile and feel good on your morning commute, drive past the entrance to Mebane Middle School in Alachua. I do not know the crossing guard's name but he is a gem. Each time I have the pleasure to drive to work on County Road 241 (once this week) I smile and think we should all enjoy our job as much as he does.
This gentleman always has a genuine smile on his face and gives an enthusiastic wave to each car or motorcycle that passes by. With all the tragedies going on in the world, he is a ray of sunshine. Whoever you are, sir, your smile and wave means so much to so many and I want to say thank you!
Norman Jensen (April 3) and Nancy Taylor (April 6) made misleading responses when I questioned the interplay of Sen. Rob Portman's politics, morality and decision making.
Let's be honest. Having any of our various orientations or tendencies, sexual or otherwise, does not inherently or automatically justify any particular behavior. When thoughts become decisions become actions, then it's a moral issue.
If our founders declared belief in a creator and our Constitution's first freedom is of religion, wouldn't it be wise to heed what our creator has clearly said about marriage?
If we fail that test, will we not see more damaging and divisive attacks on that freedom? That is more alarming.
Here are two thumbs down for Jim Nantz, CBS and the Masters officials regarding Tiger Woods' violation of golf rules. Nantz and CBS say Tiger made an innocent, absent-minded violation and Masters officials needed Tiger for TV coverage.
In Tiger's case, it's apparent that once again his celebrity allowed him to continue playing with a two-shot penalty rather than disqualification.