Letters to the Editor for May 3, 2013


Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.

Work together

Democrats are feuding after the mayoral race, but there’s more than a rift among Alachua County’s Democratic Party and members of the Black Democratic Caucus. It also involves the Alachua County NAACP and the African American Accountability Alliance.

This has a great impact on others who are left out and not aware of what is going on concerning the feud. There are people who will go along in order to maintain their status quo.

Wake up, members of the black community, and stand up to those who want to control your freedom. You know who they are. Many of us are well-educated, informed, knowledgeable and possess great communication skills, yet we still lack economic and political power because of foolishness among ourselves.

Either we learn to live and work together, with trust in the lord, or we will perish together as fools. Never sell yourself or your people just to be accepted.

Frank Lopez,

Archer

Roads are disgrace

I couldn’t agree more with Linda Combs’ April 23 letter. Frankly, when I think of the size of this city and the University of Florida being located right here, I think it is a disgrace to have to travel on roads full of potholes that have been filled and refilled a number of times.

And the Gainesville City Commission wants to spend $100,000 for a streetcar study? All except for Todd Chase — good for him for voting against it!

I’m with you, Ms. Combs, just fix the roads!

Anne Iszard,

Gainesville

Tragic consequences

Charles Krauthammer’s revisionist column (April 27) about George W. Bush’s legacy goes to the heart of the differences between liberals and conservatives.

Krauthammer and his ilk either cannot or will not see the tragic consequences of our ill-advised and illegal invasion of Iraq. They have no empathy for the plight of the millions of displaced citizens of that country nor any sympathy for the thousands and thousands of dead and wounded.

Clayton Smith,

Gainesville

Free ride

At the local carryout, an old man has his granddaughter scratch five instant lottery tickets he’s purchased. None pay off. He shrugs and gives her a smile as if to say, that’s life but tomorrow’s another day.

Here’s a poor soul investing what money he has in a lottery scheme that exploits and cultivates the false hope that wealth will fall into his lap. But as tea party conservatives remind us, it is only just that those looking for a free ride should come up losers. Sadly, it is a lesson the poor can’t seem to learn and so they, deservedly, stay poor.

But it does raise this moral concern: Should the state and its Department of Education sell lottery tickets with ads that encourage people to believe they can get something for nothing? That seems at odds with the primary mission of education, namely to inform the public and, at the very least, not mislead.

John K. Bengston,

Gainesville

Not ashamed

With regards to several letters on eating meat, I no longer eat meat for ethical, not health reasons. I firmly believe that God made us the custodians of the animals. I do not believe that he ever thought that we would treat them the way that we do. How do you think we get that cheap chicken or pulled pork sandwich?

There is not much that I can do to stop animal cruelty — except to refuse to buy meat products. I actually cannot even eat meat anymore, and I love it, because I see and hear the screams of animals in my mind. I am unable finish the meal.

There may some of you who do not care. This is your decision. I love animals and am not ashamed. I also believe that we will be called before our maker to answer for our actions in this life. How will you answer?

Steve Lawson,

Newberry

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