Letters to the Editor for May 18, 2013

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.

Better served

I believe it is estimated that $1 can buy 10 pounds of food, $10 equals 100 pounds and so on. How many pounds of food would the streetcar proposal buy?

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to solve the equation. In my humble opinion, I do feel the Gainesville community would be better served by feeding hungry children than buying streetcars.

Carol Ray Skipper,


Disgustingly partisan

I have only been in Gainesville for five years but the May 11 editorial on Benghazi was the most disgustingly partisan, biased, anti-Republican piece that I have seen. Why not drop the pretense and change your name from The Gainesville Sun to the Gainesville Democrat or Gainesville Pravda?

I was a registered Democrat for 50 years but the Kennedys, Clintons and finally the Obamas converted me to being an independent.

J.D. Henderson,


Bring friends

As a Hippodrome volunteer and patron for many years, I was perplexed that Judy Braddy Hudson states that the Hippodrome does not provide wheelchair access (Sun, May 16). Perhaps she is unaware that it has an elevator to transport the patrons who choose not to use the stairs. In addition, the Hippodrome also provides for the hearing impaired.

So all that is stopping Hudson from attending the Hippodromes’s 40th anniversary event is $40 and tickets are still available. I encourage her to bring her friends.

Tamara Segal,


Background story

Amusing how every picture has a background story! Tennessee Williams' visit was co-sponsored by the Reitz Union and the Hippodrome. He was brought to Gainesville to attend the opening of a Hippodrome play and to deliver a lecture in University Auditorium.

Those escorting Williams recounted that he gave an excellent impersonation of Blanche DuBois, uttering “Ahm so tired” at every turn. He actually refused to go on stage at the auditorium citing the same reason.

Someone pointed out to him that he would not receive the check. “Oh, awl raht,” he mumbled. He went on stage and just read quietly from a book of his poetry. He got a standing ovation!

Paul Newman,


Wearing blinders

I read the May 16 letter concerning Mark Sanford with extreme interest.The only response to the view of someone wearing such blinders is two words: John Edwards.

Presidential candidate, remember? On the ticket, remember? And he thinks Republicans are obsessed. How quick they forget.

Lee Hardenbrook,


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