Letters to the Editor for April 30, 2013


Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.

Troubling actions

Some of the fallout following the Gainesville mayoral race is troubling, especially actions by the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee. After a contested race one expects some level of backlash and resentment, but to single out individual voters and attack them by race is unprecedented.

The DEC has systematically waged a campaign of intimidation against African-Americans who supported Ed Braddy. Since the election the DEC has officially chastised blacks who had the audacity of supporting a candidate other than the one the DEC would choose for them. This is in spite of the fact that city elections are nonpartisan.

A look at the precinct turnout shows in predominately African-American precincts the turnout was less than 10 percent compared with nearly double that in the city as a whole. The DEC would be better served to focus on the issues that caused so many to stay home.

John Martin,

Hawthorne

Costly waste

In February, the National Academy of Science published an extensive study that revealed how decades of research and billions of dollars spent on mice experiments to study burns, trauma and sepsis were effectively useless, and misdirected treatments in people, because the mice responded in ways that are completely different from people.

This is not the first study to demonstrate that a significant area of animal research has been a costly waste, but if society is paying attention it should be the last. A new era in biomedical science has emerged without the use of animals, using human cell cultures, genomics and digital imaging, to name a few of the many available methods.

Increasingly, scientists are acknowledging that animal research is not producing the results attributed to it, or deserving of billions of taxpayer dollars. Nor does it justify the incredible suffering involved.

William McLaughlin,

Newberry

He will be missed

In 1958 I was finishing my active duty in the U.S. Army and concluding my requirements to join the New York Football Giants to try out for the position of offensive tackle. The person selected to be my roommate was Pat Summerall. I was a total rookie, and Pat was a fully experienced and respected football player.

I learned early that rookies and experienced professional players did not engage in lasting friendships because rookies could be cut from the team at any time. Pat was quiet and respected the situation.

After I was cut, I played two seasons with two different teams in the Canadian Football League and retired. My injuries finally caught up with me.

I talked with Pat several times over the years, and he became outstanding as a radio and television announcer. As The Sun reported, Pat died on April 16. He will be missed.

J.T. Frankenberger,

Gainesville

Grotesque logic

Patti Williams wrote (Sun, April 25) about two letters from gun advocates on the knife attack at Lone Star College. She rightly said, “Both letters seem disingenuous and (they) ridicule ... concerned citizens.”

Yes, knives can be used to kill; box cutters were used in the 9/11 attacks. The Texas student, however, did not kill anyone, though he wounded 14 people. The type of knife he used is not made for killing, and he had not been trained how to kill another person with a knife.

Knives that are designed to kill, such as switchblades, cannot be carried across state lines. It is illegal to carry them in Texas, and they must be licensed as a concealed weapon in Florida. They are controlled, like guns.

The grotesque logic of the original letter writers, comparing this attack to highly efficient gun massacres, and their apparent ignorance, discourages and frightens me. Which I guess was their aim.

Judy Shoaf,

Gainesville

Government largesse

The news media have failed to disclose how the brothers who allegedly committed the terrorist act in Boston supported themselves. It requires funds to house, feed, pay various bills such as cellphones and purchase bombing materials as well as plane tickets to Russia for the older brother. Additionally, the elder brother had a wife and child to support.

This is an interesting question since very little information is available as to finances in their nefarious activities. Is it possible that our generous government largesse (such as welfare benefits) to the disadvantaged and underprivileged is inadvertently supporting home-grown terrorists?

Robert J. Mounts,

Gainesville

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