Letters to the Editor for May 25, 2013
Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:51 p.m.
Little to offer
Don Glendening (Sun, May 21) saw leadership at the chamber workshop last week, but I didn't. If the new mayor is going to conduct citizen comment at commission meetings like he conducted that workshop, there will be no improvement.
The workshop felt a lot more like orchestrated theatrics with hand-selected businessmen who had a gripe to vent. There was no citizen comment and commissioners did not have a chance to talk.
As I struggle to get my home-based business started, it's clear the so-called new leadership in the city has very little to offer me.
Fox in the hen house
The first thing the new mayor will have to do is replace Bob Hunzinger as the lead in litigating with the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center. He has proven himself to be the fox in the hen house.
I saw that coach Jim McCachren passed. What a remarkable gentleman he was. How many young people did he influence in his years at Florida?
They don't make them like that anymore. It was my pleasure to have known him. He is on the handball court in heaven.
Tell the truth
During a recent TV interview, Patricia Smith, mother of one of the four murdered Americans at Benghazi, said: “I love my country, but I don't like my government — they don't tell the truth.”
James F. Burns,
Farmers in the Midwest are buying closed golf courses and other vacant land at inflated prices per acre, then converting the land to corn fields for corn production. This is due to the high price of corn created by the demand for ethanol for fuel.
With the thousands of acres of farmland in Levy, Alachua, Bradford, Putnam and surrounding counties not now in production, it seems to me like the local farmers should be planting corn on the fallow farmland and cashing in on the corn bonanza.
I had to chuckle and respond to the recent article about mothers cleaning a dropped pacifier by sucking on it before putting it back in baby's mouth. For many, perhaps most, people near my age (born in 1934) mothers used to chew the food for baby before transferring it to baby's mouth with a finger. This is almost certainly from the mouth that daddy kissed.
If there was commercially ground baby food at the time, many people wouldn't have known or couldn't afford it. In addition to sustenance, they surely got immunization from various things. If you get past the yuck factor, it makes sense.
Never voted that way
My children went to Loblolly Learning Community. When it closed, David and Annie Pais asked people what should be done with the property. I voted to transfer it to the city so it would be preserved. I would never have voted that way if I knew it would be sold to Nathan Collier, whose apartments have destroyed natural habitat.