Letters to the Editor for May 24, 2013


Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:37 p.m.

Powerful difference

The winds of change are again blowing across the country and into Florida with a familiarity to those of us who experienced the 1960s.

Alachua and Marion counties are home to many immigrants, both documented and undocumented. Most of us have no real understanding of the life these families experience, but with awareness comes responsibility. The more we know of their plight, the more we are required to address and correct the injustices they face.

Our communities will be called upon to take a stand and, likewise, our leadership will be asked to do what is just and right as we urge them to support immigration reform. Watch for this movement to take shape in our community as a growing number of groups and individuals are now forming a coalition in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

Consider joining them. The civil rights movement made a powerful difference once, and it can again.

Marihelen Wheeler,

Gainesville

Bad idea

I empathize with Nathan Collier's desire for more privacy. I also understand the city's interest in a large monetary windfall for a small property. Nevertheless, this is a bad idea.

This is not the worthless swamp that some have claimed. The land in question is up slope from the main floodplain and is home to numerous large elms and magnolias as well as substantial populations of several rare and endangered species. The stewardship required to maintain this unusual flora will not be guaranteed if the land falls into private hands.

Regardless of how parks and green space are acquired, once in the public domain, they should stay there. To sell out to the highest bidder is a betrayal. If this sale goes through it will set a precedent.

If there is other land worth buying, let's find the money to buy it. Please don't hold one park hostage for another.

Erick Smith,

Gainesville

Overused element

Nitrogen is one of the most overused elements in the world. While the U.S is not the biggest user of nitrogen, it is still a major problem here. Nitrogen runoff could end up in lakes and rivers, where it is dangerous to animals, but where it can hurt humans most is when it seeps into the groundwater.

If water companies do not account for this extra nitrogen, our drinking water could become contaminated. This extra nitrogen in drinking water could be fatal to young children. Children could develop a blood disorder called methemoglobinemia or “blue baby” syndrome. Blue baby syndrome decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of blood.

So how can we help? We can help by using natural instead of man-made fertilizers. This way we are not adding new nitrogen into the cycle. We could also use less fertilizer altogether, which would definitely decrease the chances of water leaking into our groundwater.

Dallas Tealer,

Gainesville

No sideshow

This letter is in reference to Bill Bradley's May 14 letter and The Sun's May 5 editorial, which attempted to copy the Democratic talking points that Republicans are using Benghazi to score political points against Obama. In reality the Democratic regime has politicized an anti-Muslim video as the cause for the attack to protect Barack Obama's re-election bid and Hillary Clinton's future bid.

Unfortunately for them, a high-level State Department officer blew the whistle and refuted the video as the cause. Obama says this is all just a political sideshow circus; tell that to the four dead Americans and their families.

John S. Poser,

Newberry

Win an election

Republicans, beware: A deep investigation of the Obama administration's “scandals” may not reveal facts that are convenient to your narrative.

Benghazi? The worst that you will reveal is that the administration tried to manipulate the story to its political advantage, just as you are trying to do now. AP? We may find that not all government leaks are good, and some may actually endanger U.S. citizens. IRS? Just wait until testimony shows that the Republican Bush administrations did the exact same thing to liberal groups like the NAACP.

The Democratic congress had more reason to impeach Reagan or Bush than did the Republican Congress had for impeaching Clinton. But in the end, Democrats didn't. Perhaps it is because Democrats believe the impeachment process should be above politics and Republicans believe making hay of non-scandals is their way of circumventing victory at the polls. My advise to you is simple: win an election or two.

Tom Lyons,

Gainesville

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