Letters to the Editor for April 26, 2013


Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.

Fits of curiosity

Those advocating arming public school teachers probably haven’t been inside a classroom in a long time. It’s easy to think returning fire to a “bad guy” by one of the “good guys” would solve the problem of crazed school shootings. Don’t be so sure.

I’m an elementary school paraprofessional. As much as this “good guy” would risk his life to protect the children in my care, I am surrounded by young, inquisitive children who regularly grab the walkie talkie I wear on my belt. How long would it be before the curiosity of a small child ended in tragedy if he grabbed a concealed handgun instead?

No amount of weapons training can prepare school employees for the often unexpected fits of curiosity that make children vulnerable.

Richard Holmes,

Gainesville

Limousine liberal

I always thought Bill Maxwell was a pretty smart guy, but after his column on President Obama and race (Sun, April 23), I have my doubts.

I voted for Obama the first time, but my disillusion with him stems from my increasing realization that the man is just another left-wing ideologue, not the centrist-populist I had hoped for.

At heart, Obama is just another self-righteous, preening, condescending limousine liberal, a type much seen here in Gainesville and generally the province of white progressives. Where does race play into that? Obama’s blackness may be one of his few saving graces.

I would say it is Bill Maxwell who sees the world through the prism of race.

Keith Shapiro,

Gainesville

Whole picture

What are we teaching our children about how to work together? It seems like Congress is setting a very poor example for the next generation.

Working together to accomplish things has always been our policy. When the vast majority of people want background checks for buying a gun, why do some members of Congress decide to stand in the way? People deserve to see a vote on this, not to ignore it.

Many representatives are voted on by a small part of the state they represent. If they are not able to handle what the people of the United States want, then let us vote them out of office whether they be Democrats or Republicans. We must think of the whole picture, right?

W.R. Clark,

Old Town

Doubling down

In Alex Patton’s essay (Sun, April 21), he concludes that, because he did not see anyone arriving to a recent county summit via bus during 15 minutes of observation, that proves that everyone prefers to drive.

Here’s the flaw in your logic: Gainesville RTS currently exists mainly to provide bus service to UF students going to the mall and downtown bars. Routes and service to the rest of Gainesville are such that taking the bus is not a viable option for anyone elsewhere in town.

The bus schedules on the website are extremely difficult to read; it is virtually impossible to decipher routes, times and transfer points. If taking the bus were a more viable, usable option, more people would choose to use public transportation, as they do in other cities.

The proposed streetcar route would be doubling down on taking students to the downtown bars and would not provide service to the rest of Gainesville.

Jill Burton,

Gainesville

Not in the database

Liberals trot out the poor victims of Sandy Hook to support their push toward universal gun registration. These proponents of firearm registration cannot name even one child who would have been saved had all of the proposed firearm regulations been in place.

Crazy people exist and Adam Lanza did not buy the weapons — his mother did, who then trained him on their use. No regulations can ever prevent stupidity, nor regulate insane people.

If ever such a firearm database would be created, then the federal government has access with a keystroke to retrieve personal information on any individual anywhere in the United States who legally owns a firearm.

Other than the Second Amendment, there is really nothing to stop confiscation of legally obtained and held weapons by the authorities. The criminals would not be contacted — they are not in the database.

Steve Lawson,

Newberry

Faith not fact

Again Jack Martin (Sun, April 22) warns us about the dangers of same-sex marriage and homosexual behaviors. Consistent with his prior letters, he cites the beliefs of a particular group of iron-age people that have ended up in texts utilized by both Christians and Jews are and believed by some to represent the unchangeable will of the creator of the universe.

This is, of course, a faith claim and not a fact claim. Until Martin can rationally demonstrate that the behavior he fears actually harms individuals and society today, we have no reason to take his warnings seriously.

James Sullivan Jr.,

Gainesville

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