Letters to the Editor for June 6, 2013
Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:28 p.m.
The commotion over the Adena Springs Ranch application for a consumptive-use permit might lead idealists to conclude that serious deliberations are underway to decide this application's fate. The most idealistic might conclude that the permit will be denied since there is no rational basis for allowing a private business to further damage our imperiled aquifer and springs by withdrawing millions of gallons daily for a cattle operation.
But The Gainesville Sun (editorial, May 24) assures us “there is little doubt that in the end Adena will be granted a permit.” This means the evaluation by regulators is little more than window dressing designed to convince taxpayers that their concerns were taken into account before they are bamboozled.
There are still some of us, however, that entertain the possibility that Adena's application will be denied and we can finally get serious about saving our most sacred assets. As President-elect Thomas Dewey learned, the press sometimes gets it wrong.
I was very sorry to learn that the local radio talk show “Talk of the Town” had been canceled and is being replaced by dance music. The new owners say it was because the station was unprofitable — and dance music is going to change that?
“Talk of the Town” brought issues to light that we would not have known otherwise. It provided a service to the community that was much needed and appreciated. Dance music isn't going to help the voters make intelligent and informed decisions the next time we go to the polls.
A hearty thanks to those concerned citizens of Marion and Alachua counties who converged on Fairfield last Saturday. It was a remarkable gathering of citizen farmers, ranchers, clergy, social service workers, educators, laborers and immigrant activists from many different parts of the world.
Attendees were encouraged to share stories relating to their own immigration experiences or those of people they knew. All were encouraged to commit to action on the behalf of the 11 million immigrant workers representing not only the agricultural sector, but the medical and business sectors as well.
Thanks too for the news coverage that followed U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho's discussion of the comprehensive immigration bill. Although he would not commit to supporting the bill at this time, he left the summit with the clear knowledge that those who attended are strongly committed to soliciting his support and will continue to bring his attention to this historic human rights issue.
President Obama gives the impression he is just a spectator in all these scandals, on the outside looking in. He knew nothing about Operation Fast and Furious, the AP scandal, the IRS scandal, and we have yet to know where the commander-in-chief was for seven hours while our embassy was under siege in Benghazi. In 2007, then-candidate Obama called for then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to step down for carrying out the president's “political vendettas.”
Today we have Eric Holder doing exactly that. He needs to step down for the same reasons. The IRS commissioner during the Bush administration made one trip to the White House, while that happened 118 times under Obama. Obama will be protected but if anyone thinks he was clueless, I have a bridge to sell in Brooklyn.
Eileen M. Maren,
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