Letters to the Editor for April 29, 2013


Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.

So proud

Thank you for all your support!

It is hard to believe, but our collegiate careers are now over. Our experience as members of the Gator gymnastics team has been nothing less than a dream come true. A large contributing factor to this is the support our team receives from the Gator Nation. Nothing compares to that pre-meet moment when we ran through the Gator head to your cheers.

You provided the perfect environment in the O'Connell Center for us to compete, and for that we thank you.

Your support helped fuel our effort last Saturday in Los Angeles. We are so proud to share the 2013 NCAA gymnastics team title with all the Gator fans.

Thank you again, and go Gators!

Ashanée Dickerson,

Marissa King,

Dali Lemezan and

Randy Stageberg.

2013 Gator gymnastics senior class

Dedicated students

I would like to congratulate the students of the University of Florida for their recent fundraising event the Dance Marathon held at the O'Connell Center. They managed to raise over $1 million, with all the proceeds going to the children's hospital at Shands for patient care and research.

With so much publicity going to other events benefiting the children's hospital, they did it with minimal overhead. We are so lucky to have such dedicated young people in our community. Keep up the good work and maybe someday they will name something at the hospital after your event.

Bill Cunningham,

Melrose

Team dream

A huge shout-out and thank you to our local community is due! This past tennis season for the Gainesville High School junior varsity boys tennis team ended with a "team dream" being realized: the acquisition of two weather-proof benches for the players.

Hats are off to our team parents, Scott Rubin and staff of Lowe's on Archer Road, Mark Stubbs and Rick Bryant for all coming together to secure those benches for our home courts. The idea started with the families who saw a need for the players to have an area to sit.

Rubin and Lowe's were so gracious to donate the needed materials. And Stubbs, along with Bryant, jumped in and built the benches with those materials.

How fortunate we are to live in a community where local families and local businesses can come together to support our kids! Many thanks!

Tracey Bryant,

Boys junior varsity tennis coach

Gainesville High School

Right thing

If Gov. Rick Scott and President Obama agree on something, it is probably the right thing to do. Scott would like to bring relief to Florida's 4 million uninsured by expanding Medicaid as provided for in the Affordable Care Act. So why do state Sen. Rob Bradley and representatives Keith Perry and Elizabeth Porter oppose this incredibly reasonable solution to Florida's health insurance problem?

If the Legislature does not act, Florida stands to forfeit billions of federal dollars, including funds previously provided to help hospitals cover the cost of caring for the uninsured. Locally, Shands hospital estimates that it will lose $14 million if the Legislature does not opt into the Medicaid expansion. Contact Bradley, Perry and Porter and urge them to stand with our governor and our president and support expanding Medicaid as provided for in the Affordable Care Act.

James Davies,

Gainesville

Amazing again

I am thinking of preparing a form letter that simply says, "Another amazing production," because the Hippodrome Theater has done it again with "Robin Hood." A recent production had many young children who, once the play started, never made a peep because they, like the adults, were completely enthralled.

This is so imaginative, so energetic, so fun and so charming that we, the audience, couldn't wait to comply when invited to join in the fun. If there is anyone out there who has never been to the Hippodrome, I encourage you to attend — you will not be disappointed. Your young children will enjoy it, too.

Catherine Fraser,

Keystone Heights

Above and beyond

I am writing to say thank you to the staff and manager of The Yearling restaurant. Recently, students, teachers and staff of Keystone Heights High School took a field trip to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park with lunch following at the Yearling.

We were so pleased with the staff at both locations. The manager at The Yearling went above and beyond to accommodate our schedule. The staff was so friendly and efficient getting everyone served. I would like to thank the staff at The Yearling for their commitment to provide great service, great food with great atmosphere. If you've never had the chance to visit Cross Creek, you should put it on your list of things to do.

Sarah Crawford,

Keystone Heights

Public awareness

We have read with interest several recent letters to the editor regarding the treatment of animals, in particular chained dogs and circus elephants. Gene Cowell's statement (Sun, April 9) is absolutely correct: the best way to address cruelty is through public awareness.

Many would be shocked to know, for instance, what happens behind the scenes with circus animals. So much is hidden from public view by corporations promoting big business. For a good eye opener, go to YouTube and enter "What's Wrong with the Circus."

Alec Baldwin testified how some elephants have to be dragged kicking and screaming into show business and how they are beaten, shocked and tortured to perform.

Mimi and Charles Hoffer,

Gainesville

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