Letters to the Editor for May 23, 2013


Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:50 p.m.

Worthwhile addition

During the past two weeks, my family and I have discovered the wonderful uses of the Archer-Braid Trail. Although it is not yet complete, there are seven miles of great trails to explore biking, running and walking with strollers.

The new trail attracts people from the multitude of neighborhoods along Archer Road and I have encountered a variety of families and athletes running and biking the trail for physical fitness. Going inline skating on the trail was excellent on the smooth path and the path can be a fun easy-to-plan weekend bike ride.

Whether you wish to get in a quick run before dinner or need a safe place to bike with the kids on a trail exclusively for pedestrians and bike riders, look no further than our very own Archer-Braid Trail, a worthwhile addition to our county!

Angela Acosta,

Gainesville

Major changes

The editorial “No time for excuses” (Sun, May 15) is not really the truth. I was a property manager years ago and it's not the responsibility of the people who live there to call into the health department. Most people don't know about what they can and cannot do, and tragically a 3-year-old lost his life.

It is the responsibility of the company that is paid on a monthly basis to do its job when managing the property. It doesn't mean just collecting money for rent or renting the units, but keeping things safe.

Also, you would think with computers today that the health department can go by and make sure things are OK, too. Give me a break — it was seven years since the pool was last inspected.

It's time to make major changes with regards to pools in complexes, so no other child will die because of the county's neglect.

Darlene Pifalo,

Gainesville

Really depressing

I happened to read two articles in Sunday's Sun back to back. The first was the column by Nathan Crabbe describing his experiences with the Home Van, helping hand out socks and candles to the homeless in Tent City.

The next was all about TTD, or trashing the dress. Apparently some brides have now decided that instead of keeping their expensive wedding dresses, they will destroy them shortly after the wedding.

Now I am well aware of the growing gap between the rich and the poor in this county, but somehow, realizing that we live in a country — in a city in fact — where some people live in tents for lack of affordable housing while others are destroying $1,000 dresses that were worn once, really depresses me.

Mary A. White,

Gainesville

Don't feel better

Just days before a damning inspector general's report is made public, ABC breaks news that the Internal Revenue Service is improperly targeting conservative organizations. Our president asks for the acting IRS commissioner to resign and promptly taps a new acting administrator. Do you feel better America? Don't.

The IRS official who oversaw the malfeasance was promoted to be in charge of the office responsible for oversight of the Affordable Care Act. Moreover, Obama fired an IRS official who took office last November and was scheduled to retire in June, but will be allowed to stay for a few weeks to facilitate any transitions.

Wait, there is more. The newly appointed acting commissioner is coming from the White House. The IRS commissioner who is going to be responsible for the examination and the rehabilitation of the IRS is part of the administration that would have motive for the targeting.

Ernie Windsor,

Gainesville

Doesn't represent us

In reference to The Sun's May 11 editorial, to further show the hypocrisy, greed and ineptitude of our federal government, I make the following observations: The Pentagon budget is a secret; there are more than 1,000 military and other U.S. establishments worldwide; the cost is billions.

Are there German, Japanese, Iranian or Korean bases in the U.S.? No. It's no wonder foreigners and their governments are continuously angry with us. No wonder our representatives — including military personnel in foreign countries — are killed on a regular basis.

Because of greed and a lust for power, our government does not represent us. Greed is demonstrated in Washington, D.C., by lobbyists representing the military-industrial complex. Lobbyists influence our Congress which in turn votes in favor of money.

Jerry Jenkins,

Micanopy

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