Letters to the Editor for May 2, 2013

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 6:21 p.m.

Not important enough

The Miami Dolphins and other professional teams in the state are convincing our Florida legislators that the citizens of Florida should give them millions of dollars a year for 30 years with the “hope” of bringing a Super Bowl to the taxpayers of Florida (Sun, April 30). If you have money, you can lobby for the state to divert taxes for teams and events that already make billions.

Our springs are dying and the Florida Legislature can’t spare the money to protect them. But in 30 years when the remaining springs are not swimmable, we can shell out a couple hundred dollars, which is not tax deductible, to watch millionaires play a sport for 60 minutes while the media outlets make billions.

In my travels around the U.S., I tell people if you want to see the amazing springs of Florida, you better see them in the next decade because the lawmakers of Florida don’t think springs are important enough to protect.

Dan M. Rountree,


Support all sports

We know that football is the only Gator sport that matters to The Gainesville Sun. You took brief interest in basketball when we won two championships. However, The Sun does a grave disservice with every other sport.

We are only the fifth school to win a women’s gymnastics championship. That deserves respect.

Our women’s lacrosse thrashing of the defending champions Northwestern is relegated to the back of the sports section. That win is comparable to beating Alabama 77-3 in football. Think about the reaction that game would get. How about the women’s tennis team winning four straight SEC championships?

At first, I decided that The Sun simply doesn’t care about women’s sports. Then I remembered our track and field national championships that were reported on the back page of the sports section. Come on, Gainesville Sun, step your game up. Yes, we love football, but we also love and support all our Gator sports. Do better.

Alecia Reyes,


Killing machines

More than four months have gone by since the massacre of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School and not much has been accomplished about guns. Background checks will help some but that is avoiding the central issue: automatic weapons are killing machines. With them, an ordinary killer becomes a mass murderer. They need to be banned from civilian life.

Let us not waste any more time and miss this opportunity to to do something constructive, at last.

Samuel I. Greenberg,


Fragile planet

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the Keystone pipeline carrying heavy oil from Canada have been promoted as safe and viable assets for American energy independence. But if fracking is so safe, why does it need federal exemptions from the Clean Air, Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water acts?

There should be no exemptions for anything that pollutes our air and water. There are long-term negative health consequences of these gases being released into the atmosphere over the next 50 years. The oil being pumped through the pipeline is also corrosive and constitutes a danger to the aquifer below Keystone’s latest route.

Take away the exemptions and we’ll see how safe and viable fracking and the Keystone pipeline really are. You will see big investors take their money and run from it.

I would hope those investors would look to alternatives that promote stable, low-cost energy independence and do not jeopardize the health of our fragile planet.

Steve Lodle,


Stop exaggerating

Holy linguistic semantics! How in blue blazes has the word “amazing” become the most exaggerated description of people, places, things and events of whom or in which are most certainly not?

At the risk of sounding a wee bit pedantic, “amazing,” (per the Oxford English Dictionary) is defined as: “of or like a labyrinth; causing confusion or bewilderment.”

Therefore, “amazing” should be reserved for such celebratory actions or events as:

1) Somebody survives a fall from 10 stories.

2) A dog finds it’s way home after traveling over 1,000 miles.

3) A dead person comes back to life.

Peter Roget is rolling in his grave (that, too, would be amazing).

As my father constantly reminds my mother, “I’ve told you a million times to stop exaggerating.”

Melody Wasson,


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