Letters to the Editor for April 25, 2013
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.
They earned it
There is no question to the fact that the income derived from the Gator football team goes a long way towards supporting the other UF athletic programs. However, it seems somewhat unfair to these other programs when there are pictures on the front page of the sports section relating to the football program and a single picture on the back page pertaining to the gymnastic team (Sun, April 22).
Two of the young ladies won NCAA individual championships. I sincerely believe that they earned a well-deserved article, along with photos, on the front page. There are several months remaining before the football season begins, which is ample time to explore various possibilities of how the team will fare in the upcoming season. Give the young ladies a break — they earned and deserve it.
Edwin A. Powers,
Heads in the sand
Great column (Sun, April 21) about carbon taxes! While the mechanism still needs a plan that is both useful and fair, the concept’s time is here.
We can no longer afford to keep our heads in the sand, ignoring the very real consequences of continuing on a diet of fossilized carbon. I support using most of revenue for alternative energy research and development, which will propel us into a much healthier and sustainable society. However, if rebating some of it to taxpayers makes it work, I can live with that, too. But remember, lifting the subsidies for the fossil fuel industry is also a key component to achieving carbon reduction. If you are still undecided, watch a just released 42-minute documentary, “Do the Math,” to understand financially why we must significantly reduce carbon emissions.
Two recent letters referenced a knife attack and suggested that knives deserve regulation similar to what is being sought for assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Will we now have letters suggesting the same for pressure cookers under the same logic? Both letters seem disingenuous and I believe ridicule the earnest efforts by concerned citizens. Assault-weapon attacks just keep getting worse and more horrific.
If assault rifles, or even semi-automatic pistols, had been used in the referenced knife attack, there most likely would have been no survivors and the number of dead and wounded might have been even greater.
Can we not find a way to work together under the principle of inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I believe these rights are threatened by the relentless demand for unrestricted sale and ownership of weapons with such massive destructive power.
Everyone write your state senators and other public representatives — we’ve got to get these pressure cookers off the streets before they can do any further damage or take another life!
Even when the Boston bombing suspects were in a shootout and car chase with the police actively throwing homemade bombs out of the window of a moving vehicle driving on a public road, the only thing that got mentioned was that one of the suspects may have had an assault-type rifle. This unfortunate ordeal just goes to show that bad people will do bad with or without guns.
Larry Burnett asks in his April 18 letter to the Sun, “When will we wage a bloodless, low-cost war on the killer meat-based diet?”
Speaking only for myself, the answer is ... never. I love the taste of a thick steak, pulled pork and brisket done on a grill. I could get on all fours and graze in a field all day, but I assure you that is never going to happen. I consume a large quantity of vegetables as well, and sometimes nothing tastes as good as a salad loaded with fresh ingredients from a local farmers market.
However, on some occasions, when folks like Burnett have the nerve to shake a figurative vegan finger in my face, I’ll have meat that night for sure, just because I can. Well done, Burnett! Pun very much intended.
Jeffrey H. Dissell,
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