Letters to the Editor for May 12, 2013


Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:38 p.m.

Sad goodbye

I, along with many others, sadly said goodbye to one of Gainesville's finest doctors, Dr. Cullen Wadworth Banks II. Dr. Banks delivered both of my children.

My daughter was 11 days late. After conferring with my husband and I, Dr. Banks made the decision to perform a C-section because there was no heartbeat from the monitor. That was 48 years ago and she has children and a grandson.

I hemorrhaged several times, once in the middle of the night, on the job in Alachua. Dr. Banks was there every time. He knew how afraid I was of pain and needles and that booming voice would calm me down everytime.

There are many stories that can be told of Dr Banks' dedication and service. Thousands of babies were born and operations performed under his caring hands. He had bedside manners that few doctors have today. We will remember you, Dr. Banks.

Bettye Stoney Allen,

Gainesville

Terrible precedent

I am writing in response to the editorial “Enticing offer” (Sun, May 7) that recommends horse-trading our conservation lands for a polluted spring. On the contrary, I oppose this idea.

First, it sets a terrible precedent for the stewardship of our conservation lands. The people place their trust in their local government to protect sensitive lands that define our quality of life. There are several endangered plants on the parcel at Loblolly that need protection by the professional biologists who now maintain it.

Second, the springs problem can be addressed by mandating that 50 homes transition to city sewer service. The cost can be amortized over a long period of time for minimal impact to each individual's budget. That is what I would call a win-win situation.

The city does not need to be taking on more high-maintenance recreational areas in this time of budgetary concern. Please let your city commissioners know how you feel.

Joni Ellis,

Gainesville

Cadillac service

After the editorial about the cities with streetcars (Sun, May 3), I checked the population of some cities with streetcars to compare with Gainesville. It was surprising to say the least.

When comparing populations with the amount of property in Alachua County that isn't on the tax rolls — leaving relatively few people to pay the high cost of providing this service — Gainesville wants a Cadillac service with a Kia income. Philadelphia has a population of about 1.5 million; Seattle, 610,480; Portland, 585,474; Tampa, 336,820; Tacoma, 198,434; and Gainesville, 124,394.

Gainesville is spending almost $1 for every citizen for just the study on streetcars.

If the City Commission wants to know why urban areas vote against joining the city, they need to look at the waste in spending. Even the University of Florida questions the need for this and it would be the beneficiary, not the general population.

Mary Ann Plance,

Gainesville

Common sense

Wow! Come out to Northwest 65th Avenue near Northwest 40th Drive and see our new crosswalk!

This is a 20-year-old residential neighborhood. Now the city has installed a new crosswalk on our street, costing more than $2,000 with four really big, ugly yellow signs.

I have spoken with five people in the Public Works Department and the president of our neighborhood association and nobody can tell who requested this or give a good reason why it was done. The people living around me were not asked, and we are located at the crosswalk.

Think we need this? Between 7 and 8:30 a.m. on a Friday I counted 47 vehicles and one pedestrian.

Why can't we test for common sense and an understanding of the term “cost (taxes)/ benefit (needed services) analysis” before hiring or promoting the managers in our city departments?

Hit any potholes lately?

Bob Gwin,

Gainesville

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