Letters to the Editor for May 7, 2013

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.

Easily recognizable

In response to the article regarding a streetcar system (Sun, May 3): Rubber-tired vehicles are adaptable, able to change routes as demand changes. Steel-wheeled vehicles cannot.

The infrastructure for rubber-tired vehicles exists without any immediate change necessary. The infrastructure for steel-wheeled vehicles can only exist by new construction.

My attraction to streetcars has been knowing one will eventually come by because I can see the tracks and recognize one coming. I'd be attracted to buses in Gainesville if I could (for example) recognize the downtown circulator as a unique loop-running transporter running at frequent intervals.

Paint the sides of the bus to show the route. Paint the bus signs the same color. Maybe even, as the hospitals show the way to their departments, paint a colored line on the streets showing the route.

We can name the new bus system for the politicians currently focused on creating a streetcar legacy.

Russell Henderson,


Common sense

I travel every day between Alachua and Gainesville, and it amazes me the Gainesville Police Department fleet of cars and motorcycles heading toward Alachua and beyond.

It would seem to make common sense that maybe the city should look into car pooling for these employees. I have also noticed city vehicles as far south as Reddick and Hawthorne.

I have been told the officers who drive motorcycles also have cars at their disposal for inclement weather. Really, someone should take a look at this misuse of city property.

Jim Davis,


Racial bias

Over 40 years of action in civil rights convinces me that columnist Bill Maxwell is correct when he says that racial bias lies behind conservative political criticism of President Barack Obama. (Sun, April 23)

I was struck by my first television view of an early Obama campaign speech. The man spoke like a human being, not like the ordinary politician. And the majority of his audience were white people. Clearly, he was a person to be watched.

At that time I saw no chance of him being elected or of me eventually voting twice for his election. But then I recall when few people believed Franklin Roosevelt could overcome the hostility he faced, either. He won four times.

Harriet Ludwig,


Racism card

The Sun decided to publish a column on April 23 by Bill Maxwell, who writes for the Tampa Bay Times. He proclaims all conservative criticism of Obama is based solely on race. I had hoped that five years into the first black presidency, we could have moved past the racism card being played.

Obama has failed on so many levels and in so many ways, this short letter doesn't allow room to list. Maybe Maxwell should focus his writing on the extreme high unemployment of black people or the 75 percent birth rate of unwed mothers, all under Obama's term.

Personally I don't care what race he is, I only want what is best for America. Extremely high energy prices, rising healthcare costs, prolonged high unemployment and putting us on the verge of financial collapse all point to failure. And I am not a racist for pointing out these facts.

Dean Tate,


Money will disappear

Maybe the Gainesville Sun should explain the reasoning behind the House Republican opposition to the Medicaid expansion bill to the “sheep.” Instead of salivating about giving free medical care to people who refuse to look for viable work, you should be enhancing the knowledge that the money the feds promise will eventually disappear, leaving our state with unsustainable Medicaid enrollment levels.

Maybe you should let your readers know about the true state of our money-printing federal government that doesn't even have the funds now (much less in the future) to pay for this monstrosity called Obamacare.

How about an article informing “the flock” that our federal lawmakers are extracting themselves and their aids, from having to participate in this so-called Affordable Care Act that they are forcing the rest of us into? But then, that would be a responsible journalistic course of action, wouldn't it?

Gale Garrett,


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