Letters to the Editor for June 3, 2013
Published: Monday, June 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.
When I read The Sun's supplement featuring Alachua County's top seniors, I was filled with awe and pride at the range and excellence of colleges and universities that our graduates will attend.
Students from our six public high schools have been accepted at such places as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Notre Dame and Duke. Many more will attend UF, whose selectivity is formidable, as many families have discovered.
The students and their families surely merit our praise. But the teachers, school staffs, School Board, and superintendent and his aides should be commended, too. In addition, there are many individuals and groups that provide tutoring, mentoring and scholarships.
Although there is always room for improvement, we who live in Alachua County are fortunate that our children can be educated in an excellent public school system. We are often cited as being a great place for retirees; we're also a great place in which to raise a family.
I attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East, as I do every year. Once again, an exceptional and emotional program was delivered to our community, in memory of all who have given their lives so that we can enjoy our freedoms every day.
A sincere “thank you” to the Thomas family, Bob Gasche, Ed Van Buren and all others who were part of the program, and most especially to the talented musicians of Buchholz High School for their moving rendition of taps.
Not to be forgotten, many thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes before, during and after this annual event. To those who have never attended, I highly recommend it.
Entitled to everything
Bob Stewart's letter (Sun, May 30) was right on the money.
Kids today mostly dress like bums. Parents, unfortunately, ensure their little angels have everything they want and ask for, and discipline is almost nonexistent. Better to give them what they want and avoid confrontation.
Ever talk to a teen lately? No manners — none. I had a young girl squeeze between me and another man in a checkout line the other day — no “excuse me,” nothing. They seem to think they are entitled to everything.
Whenever your role models outside the home include rappers, pop singers and punk rockers who dress like clowns, what can you expect?
Teens today are also like sheep — no individuality at all. Rappers started wearing baseball caps with the stickers and tags still on them; kids now do, too. “Bling” is the norm, and easy cash is the way to go.
The review by Ron Cunningham of the well-performed production “Tambourines to Glory” at the Acrosstown Repertory Theater (Sun, March 21) caused many to stay home or choose another venue. Too bad and so sad.
We had a large group that was going to attend, but changed their mind due to his negative review. The actors did a superb job and yes, they were reading their scripts. They were so animated that those in our small group who decided to bypass his opinion of the show had so many good, hearty laughs.
We are so glad we attended and it was such a fun, memorable evening.
Pack of foxes
Though I often find myself in agreement with Mac McEachern, I have to differ with him about Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Bob Hunzinger.
McEachern says he has to go, because he is the fox who is guarding the henhouse (Sun, May 25). I suggest Hunzinger is nothing more than a scapegoat, the front man for a pack of little foxes who are sucking the life out of the utility.
At rates apparently as high as $900 an hour or more, the global law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has charged the city more than $500,000 in less than four months just for the “development of the biomass project.” That is a much faster pace than the $1 million or so bill run up by the law firm for 2012, according to The Sun.
Meanwhile, GRU this year continues to pay thousands of dollars to four other private law firms for various matters.
Our team, Synchro Gainesville Gaviatas, hosted the 2013 Regional Synchronized Swimming Championship at Westside Pool on the weekend of May 18. Participating teams complimented us on how smoothly the two-day meet ran.
We'd like to express our gratitude to Jeff Moffitt and the city's aquatics staff for their role in the event's success. Employees consistently maintained the pool deck, keeping it organized and clean.
We appreciate the smiles on the faces of those employees who helped us so much. We feel fortunate that our community supports city parks and recreation through the Wild Spaces and Public Places initiative.
Also, we would like to extend our thanks to Candice Noble and the National Junior Honor Society students from Fort Clarke Middle School who helped us out so much. Saturday was a long day in the hot sun, and all of the students professionally handled a variety of tasks with enthusiasm and dedication.