Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2013


Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:38 p.m.

Just fix the roads

After reading the article concerning a streetcar in Gainesville (Sun, April 19), I was appalled. To think: With as much flak as the commissioners and city have received about repairing our roads, they still decided to spend up to $100,000 of our tax dollars for a study on a possible streetcar.

This is a small town, not a huge metropolis that needs mass transit. I drive from one side of town to the other every day. If you learn the quickest route and how to read the traffic, you can make it in under 20 minutes driving the speed limit.

It would be in the best interest of the citizens to fix the roads. This doesn't mean redesigning or narrowing Northwest Eighth or 16th/23rd avenues, just fix the roads. Will we, as citizens who use these worn-out roads, be able to have you, our paid decision makers, pay for our tires and shocks?

Linda Combs,

Gainesville

Line of compromise

I wish to propose a compromise for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Consider expanding the eligibility requirements of health exchange insurance plans to include workers earning 100 to 138 percent of the federal poverty level and expanding Medicaid to adults earning 58 to 100 percent. This would reduce Florida's Medicaid expenses while increasing federal subsidies to health exchange plans. The line of compromise is drawn here because citizens earning below 100 percent of the federal poverty level are not eligible to receive federal subsidies for health exchange plans.

Workers, pregnant women and children of parents earning 100 to 400 percent of the federal poverty level would not have to change plans as their income, gestational status and age changed. The savings would help offset the difference in cost between Medicaid and health exchange plans.

To do less will be leaving money on the table for other states to grab.

Allan March,

Gainesville

Relinquished liberty

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees all American citizens the right to keep and bear arms, meaning rifles, handguns, and anything else necessary to protect themselves from tyrannical government and anyone else who seeks to take their property or their lives without due process.

All gun control laws created by any state government or the federal government are an abridgement of the right to keep and bear arms, and are unconstitutional, as is the Affordable Care tax, created by the U.S. Senate because all tax bills must begin in the U.S. House of Representatives as spelled out in the Constitution.

Politicians who advocate for gun control have chosen to relinquish the liberty of their constituent's for the promise of security. But because gun control is people control, their constituents will get neither liberty nor security.

Matt Coleman,

Gainesville

American weapon

Along with the National Rifle Association we should all be celebrating the defeat of Obama's gun “take away” bill.

The patriotic American voice has been heard. The NRA is calling for a national day of celebration.

Maybe next we can allow all middle and high school students to carry guns. This will cut down on school fighting and allow teenagers to take out their frustrations with the American weapon — the gun.

Isn't democracy great? Don't we have a “patriotic” Congress?

M.P. Nolan,

Gainesville

Theft of resources

Florida's land, air, water, oceans and climate have declined for decades under the “stewardship” of elected representatives who have quietly stolen our environment in the interest of corporate industry. Just step outside and see for yourself. You will also read the disconnect in public statements by the Department of Environmental Protection, water management and fish and wildlife officials that knowingly lie through their teeth to remain on the payroll.

Why do you think Florida opposes EPA water standards and water managers brag about their grand initiatives or that 400 manatees went belly-up from “natural causes.” Every anti-environmental state official should be sent a box of manure for Earth Day to emphasize their role in the grand theft of common resources and public health, along with their lack of integrity.

Randall Lance,

Wellborn

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