Letters to the Editor for May 28, 2013


Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

Torch and pitchfork

State Sen. Charlie Dean is looking for more restoration money for Silver Springs and may have found some (Sun, May 21).

Not much, relatively, since the springs has a watershed of 500,000 acres and is in a frail and damaged condition, but every little bit helps. After all, it's an important source of drinking water, recreation and income. It is getting more and more polluted and its flow is down 30 percent.

In the same section is an article regarding Adena Springs Ranch's request for water from the Silver Springs area in the amount of 5.3 million gallons to 24.5 million gallons per day.

Why every politician in central and northern Florida hasn't grabbed up their torch and pitchfork and marched on Adena Springs is beyond me.

Why is it even being considered? Don't we know the cost of another giant, poorly-working osmosis plant to replace our own drinking water?

Rob Roberts,

Gainesville

Dangerous opinion

As I read with dismay the editorial pertaining to the Benghazi attacks (Sun, May 11), I question why I keep my subscription. Once again, your editorial commands the liberal point of view that the only reason the Benghazi affair is being investigated is to demean the Democratic Party and Obama administration. This opinion is not only ridiculous, but dangerous.

The Benghazi attack was much more than a scandal. It concerned our own people being brutally murdered while doing their jobs in a foreign country. All media sources should be making this event a top priority, but for some reason choose not to cover the story at all.

There is no comparison between the Clinton and Nixon impeachments and the Benghazi attack. How can you compare the unnecessary deaths of Americans to a sex scandal and wiretapping?

I guess you may wonder why I continue to subscribe at all. I like the Sunday coupons.

Colleen Wells,

Gainesville

Pressing issues

Fortunately the University of Florida medical center administrators have finally discovered that the purpose of the medical center is about health. Obviously adding the word “health” to logos, signs and letterhead will make an enormous difference and improve health care.

At a time when there are many pressing issues to consider relating to health care and the education of the next generation of health care providers, the best the medical center can do is change its name. Is this leadership? How much time and expense is being wasted for the many committees, consultants and lawyers associated with changing a corporate name?

More than 100 people showed up for the presentation when they should have been working. Signs, letterhead, logos and numerous other things that say UF&Shands now must be changed.

Maybe these administrators should go into the corporate name-changing business to help others as clueless as themselves understand what services businesses provide.

Allen Meadows,

Gainesville

Seems preposterous

Alachua County taxpayers have a biomass plant about to come online with a problem noted in a February Sun article: “Gainesville so far has been unable to find a wholesale buyer for electricity from the biomass plant. The initial plan was to sell half the output for 10 years.”

Despite this, the County Commission is currently considering allowing a solar installation to generate more unneeded electricity and contracting to pay a fixed price for 20 years to a company not in Alachua or Florida or the U.S. but in Germany (Sun, May 24).

So Alachua County tax dollars will be flowing overseas for electricity we won't use. This seems preposterous to me; maybe a commissioner can explain the logic in a letter to The Sun.

Sam Ulbing,

Alachua

Police action

When John Annarumma attacks liberals and progressives for not being sufficiently critical of President Obama (Sun, May 21), he is chewing off more than he can digest.

Many of us progressives are quite critical of the president, but not necessarily for his reasons. We might be more concerned about why an applicant for disability benefits has to wait for a final decision on his claim than why a tea party group has to await for a decision on its tax-exempt status.

He is even naive enough to believe the way commanders are briefed about operations in Afghanistan has had a more successful outcome than in the areas he is complaining about. We got into in Afghanistan due to blind anticommunism in which our government supported the Mujahideen, some of whom morphed into al-Qaida. Then we got back in to destroy al-Qaida, which really required a police action more than a military endeavor.

Albert Meyer,

Gainesville

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