Letters to the Editor for May 21, 2013


Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.

Real leadership

Mayor-elect Ed Braddy hosted a workshop last week to get ideas on how city government could remove obstacles in the way of small businesses. And yes, at this workshop, people were allowed to talk for more than three minutes.

In a little less than three hours, there was a greater exchange of ideas than has been allowed at City Commission meetings for the past three years.

Those who felt that the election of a qualified mayor would make no real difference, because there would be a 5-2 vote against any improvements, may find that they underestimate what real leadership can do.

Government is not inherently arrogant or designed to limit citizen dialogue. For whatever reason, we voters sometimes elect persons who feel they have all the answers.

The people of Gainesville can look forward to a real change now that citizens will be able to more effectively interact in city government decisions.

Don Glendening,

Gainesville

Urbanized nightmare

I am shocked and dismayed that the city of Gainesville would even consider selling a piece of Loblolly Woods to real-estate mogul Nathan Collier.

Green spaces such as Loblolly are vital for keeping Gainesville from becoming the sort of over-urbanized nightmare that other cities in Florida have become. We should not threaten that simply because a millionaire who has slapped his name on half the apartments in town feels like the filthy plebeians are getting too close to his lands when they attempt to get a bit of fresh air.

Perhaps if he occasionally left this estate he so badly wishes to expand and rubbed shoulders with the citizens of Gainesville as they tried to get a bit of exercise, he would not be so eager to steal land from under their feet.

Brian C. Giles,

Gainesville

Demoralized base

We can marvel at the shallow intellect and shortsightedness of the climate deniers, but how will we view our president if he approves the Keystone XL pipeline? Every week with no announcement raises more doubt and speculation.

Approval of the pipeline will trigger jubilation among the Koch brothers and tea partyers and dismay among the rest of us, particularly those who believe that the climate change threat is more than a short term political/economic issue.

This not to say that there are not important political implications of pipeline approval. A demoralized base will be hard to unite in 2016. Many are talking about a third party. Approval would strengthen the tar sands base of the minority Harper government to the distress of the majority of Canadians.

Joshua Dickinson,

Gainesville

Intellectual honesty

Once again serving here in Afghanistan, I have a sideline view of all the news about "Fast and Furious," Benghazi, the IRS targeting and now the AP news' subpoenas. My question is: When liberals/progressives decry evil corporations and the CEOs that run them, claiming they assume to magically know at all times what happens on their watch, why on earth do they not apply that same angst toward their "leader?"

Each of these issues are major policy decisions with massive political ramifications, yet the liberal/progressive mantra dismisses them as a witch hunt by Republicans. Here in the "war" zone, commanders are always briefed on operations that can be sensitive in nature in case something goes wrong.

Open your eyes, folks — your president knew about, or was at a minimum briefed about, each these operations. It's time to break the partisan protection racket and seek the truth. Intellectual honesty demands it!

John Annarumma,

Alachua

Ludicrous claims

Until a few years ago there were no tea party groups. They formed to organize political opposition to President Obama. That is simple historical fact. Yet these groups with tea party in their name seek tax exempt status by claiming to be primarily educational, not political. So why is anyone shocked that such ludicrous claims are singled out for scrutiny by the IRS? And why doesn't the media mention that not one of these groups lost its tax exempt status? Not one. That is the real scandal.

Geoff Pietsch,

Gainesville

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