Letters to the Editor for May 20, 2013
Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.
Once again the people of Gainesville have turned a blind eye to the plight of all the living creatures that had made homes in the oaks and foliage destroyed for the latest University of Florida project, Heavener Hall. Choosing to cut everything down at the beginning of spring with baby birds and other animal infants was a heartless decision.
This area had an eye-catching beauty because of the trees and was a buffer from the bustle of the city. We are told that the trees can be replaced. Here is a news flash: No, they can't, not in our lifetime, and neither can the lives of those creatures destroyed.
One would think that if not concern for the trees or wildlife the congestion alone would have deterred this decision. Oh well, Gainesville, this gives me one more reason not to visit you.
We went to the recent season finale of the Gainesville Orchestra, “Around the World with Disney.” What an amazing treat!
The Gainesville Orchestra and its incredible conductor, Evan Haile, are magnificent. We have been to the Miami Symphonic Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic and the symphonic orchestras in Buenos Aires and Ecuador. We were blown away with the season finale of the Gainesville Orchestra.
What beautiful music, and what an amazing gift we have here, with Haile as the conductor. He was sharp, educational, entertaining and magnificent. As newcomers to the area, we feel very lucky to have an orchestra of this caliber and right here in our backyard.
They are truly valuable treasures. Congratulations and keep up the wonderful work!
Max Baucus, one of the authors of Obamacare, is now foreseeing a train wreck waiting to happen. Did you know that members of Congress, behind closed doors, were looking for ways to exempt themselves and their aides from certain provisions of Obamacare because it is too costly? (They have since backed down.)
Obama and his Democratic cronies made promises to the American people that they know cannot be realistically achieved. Premiums are rising and employer uncertainty is growing. Remember, Obamamcare welcomes all with pre-existing conditions, which drives up the cost of health care premiums for everyone. Employers are cutting employee hours in anticipation of costs they couldn't sustain and make a profit. Our government in action, serving you.
It has been several years since my husband and I played at Ironwood Golf Course. We recently joined a group from the United Church of Gainesville for a fundraising tournament at the course. Wow, what a difference! The course was beautiful and in exceptional condition. Playing there was a pleasure for all 45 who signed up for the tourney. We have played at other municipal-owned courses, and believe me, Ironwood can hold its own against any of them.
We commend the management and the staff, especially the greens keeper, for maintaining the renovation that took place in 2009. We'll be back.
Martha R. Harrell,
Targeting the left
I wonder why the Republicans didn't go berserk when the Bush-era Internal Revenue Service sent a threatening letter to the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., months after the Rev. George F. Regas gave an anti-war sermon in 2005, or when the NAACP was targeted by the IRS for improper activity for criticizing the Bush administration in 2004.
Oh wait, maybe because they're left-leaning, or didn't support the war, and well, it's OK to target the left, but how dare you criticize or scrutinize the actions of the right.
We thank GRU and everyone involved in making the recent Paynes Prairie sheetflow restoration project groundbreaking ceremony a success. The event not only featured a ceremonial dirt-turning and site tours but also several speeches describing this project as a true partnership between many agencies.
Several state officials who attended the event were not mentioned in The Sun's article. Joining FDEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr. were Sen. Rob Bradley, Rep. Keith Perry, Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director Ann Shortelle and St. Johns River Water Management District Land Resources Director Robert Christianson. Local attendees included Mayor Craig Lowe, Mayor-elect Ed Braddy, City Commissioners Randy Wells and Yvonne Hinson-Rawls, and County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson, among others.
Jones Edmunds & Associates Inc. — the engineer of record — is honored to be involved in this innovative project. With Wharton-Smith Inc. as the construction manager, we look forward to the project's completion.
Walter A. Nickel,
Jones Edmunds & Associates,
The 2013 National Bike Challenge runs from May 1 to Sept. 30. The challenge is designed to encourage bicycle riding for sport, health and transportation.
Of 1,810 teams participating nationally, the Gainesville Cycling Club has been in first place. Faithfully logging their rides at Endomondo.com, 118 of the club's 1,000-member alliance have ridden over 20,000 miles on area roadways, bike paths and trails in just two weeks. A mere sub-sample of the total bicycle riding in Gainesville, these data make clear that our community ranks among the best for cycling anywhere.
The National Bike Challenge is open to anyone who rides a bike. To join the fun and to rejoice in all the benefits that an active lifestyle imparts to you, your family and your community, visit Endomondo.com and sign up.