Letters to the Editor for May 22, 2013
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:29 p.m.
Regarding the move of the county election office to the vacated Big Lots location: What are the supervisor of elections and county commissioners thinking?
That property is built over land directly east of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site. Dust will be stirred up for the next three years as highly toxic soil is excavated then piled into a giant mound next to that site. Already, the dust is cause for some city employees working at the adjoining road works facility being required to wear protective gear.
It is bad enough that the agreement foisted upon us citizens by the EPA and Beazer East won't even relocate Stephen Foster Elementary School, day cares, residents and businesses during the excavations. Don't expose employees and voters to the dust as well.
Citizens, please tell commissioners this is a bad idea. Please attend our County Commission meeting on June 11.
Open the doors
As a future small business owner, I was pleased to see our Gainesville commissioners (excluding Commissioner Thomas Hawkins) at the forum hosted last week by Mayor-elect Ed Braddy and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gainesville can and will become a great place for business if the commission follows through with the basic recommendation from this forum: a system-wide attitude and process shift from “No, you can't” to “Here's how we can most efficiently help you.” This can happen without compromising our carefully honed, shared vision of a progressive community.
Gainesville is already a great place to live, learn, play, heal, grow and retire — it's time to make Gainesville great for business, too. We have paved the way with Innovation Gainesville. Let's open the doors similarly for small businesses, non-tech industries and non-profit organizations.
Great work, Mayor-elect Braddy and Gainesville Chamber of Commerce!
Rather than sell a portion of the park to Nathan Collier outright, sell it with the agreement that the land be put in trust for Collier's use during his lifetime and gifted back to the city to return to park land at his death.
If he would agree to this, the sale could be offered at a reduced figure, perhaps half what Collier is currently offering. Collier would gain the privacy he desires, and the city and its citizens would lose use of this portion of the park for a limited period only.
The city would gain a considerable sum of money that could be used to expand this and other conservation areas. I believe this would truly be a win-win solution.
All those who fight for the rights of working people have lost a great friend and ally. Matthew Christopher Marsh worked tirelessly for decades in the local labor movement. He spent his life trying to make things better for others. He did this quietly, without public recognition or fanfare.
Matthew recently passed away. His passing will not receive the attention it deserves, there will be no streets or foundations named for Matt. His memory will be honored by the fact that working people's lives will continue to be better because of efforts he made and fights he was a part of.
Farewell, brother, may you rest in a well-deserved peace.
Finally the media is realizing just who President Obama is. We now know that his Justice Department secretly obtained AP phone records. We also know hundreds of Mexicans and a border agent were killed by guns allowed to cross the border under his administration's failed Fast and Furious program.
Now we learn that the most feared/powerful agency in our government, the IRS, was targeting conservative groups and individuals and that top officials knew of it and lied to Congress. Benghazi and the continuing misstatement of facts from this administration show a lack of leadership to the world, not to have sent military aid immediately to an ambassador under attack.
President Clinton was impeached for lying under oath and President Nixon had to resign because of a burglary and using the IRS to spy on his political foe. This is nothing compared to the problems we now face with this presidency.
Ronald J. Shema,
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