Letters to the Editor for June 10, 2013
Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.
Regarding David Essex's online response to the May 28 article “Problems at Nations Park force July event to be cut from five weeks to one” (in which he airs his concerns that Newberry lacks restaurants and tourism attractions), here are some things he missed.
Villaggio's Pizzeria serves authentic Italian food and don't forget their out-of-this world garlic rolls! He did speak well of Newberry's Backyard Bar-B-Q. Red Wok Buffet has yummy Chinese food, and the Firefly Restaurant has a delectable menu of seafood and other American fare. Don't forget the friendly folks and very reasonably priced food at Country Kitchen.
Runts has a good selection of wings and burgers. Newberry Main Street runs the Fire House Gallery that exhibits incredibly talented artists from the local area. The historical Little Red School House is a museum you will not want to miss.
As you see, Newberry has good restaurants and interesting tourism destinations.
Congratulations to the Hippodrome Theatre on what has to be one of the best and most entertaining productions in its illustrious history. “Avenue Q,” winner of a slew of Tony Awards, is a pure wonder of a show with great music, humor and themes relatable to everyone.
The Hipp's production, directed by Lauren Caldwell and Charlie Mitchell, is beautifully executed. Theatergoers will laugh, be moved and most of all be utterly charmed. Pure bravo!
In reading the June 4 article about the Continuum Apartments selling shares in the solar feed-in program, I was struck with the thought that we as taxpayers are subsidizing this business proposition.
It seems to me that this is not the intent of the program.
Why not have homeowners participate in the program through a bond issue that we repay each month? It sounds more equitable to me than having some out-of-town entity take our tax money.
In reference to Mike Whitehead's letter of June 4 bemoaning Gainesville, the liberal bastion: Well, gee, Mike, if it were only so. Gainesville used to be a reliable liberal bastion but then a bunch of grumpy old fuddy-duddies moved in and started writing daily Limbaughs to the newspaper and the whole thing went south.
As for The Gainesville Sun, itself, you gotta be kidding! In a desperate attempt to appease Neanderthal readers, they even hired Jake Fuller for a while. And here I was, thinking the cartoonist's slant usually reflected the general mood of the newspaper.
I liked it better when we were one big, happy liberal family with only an occasional letter from some perennial naysayer to gently roil the waters.
Footnote to history
An interesting footnote to Geoff Pietsch's May 21 letter, in which he wrote that the tea party groups are a first and were only organized to oppose President Obama, would be to look a little further back in history. The predecessor to our politically motivated current tea party activities held a different motivation and tone.
According to the book “A Twilight Struggle — The Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy,” tea parties were popular during JFK's run for the 1946 congressional election. Thirty-five were held during JFK's campaign against Henry Cabot Lodge.
Kennedy's family would invite both working people and high society to these politically motivated gatherings. He would give political talks, mix with the attendees and tea was served.
During his campaign, some 50,000 women attended the receptions where tea was served. When Kennedy beat Lodge by 70,000-plus votes, the election was called “a tea party victory.”
Valuable comic book
In 1960, while living in Brooklyn, N.Y., I rented an upstairs two-bedroom apartment ($85 a month rent) on 86th Street (Dyker Heights).
In one vestibule closet was a sturdy steel ladder leading up to an attic. One evening after work, I climbed up that ladder with a flashlight to check out the attic for possible storage.
I found lots of burnt-out matches and many torn-up comic books. Only one cover was left untouched — Action Comics No. 1, from 1938. I was so upset at just finding that cover only that I left it there.
Here I was a big Superman fan and those youngsters inadvertently tore up a comic book that recently fetched $2.16 million (article, May 25). Who knew?
Since moving to Hamilton County, we have not had easy access to a daily paper. Normally, we purchase a Sunday paper and on May 19 we decided to try The Gainesville Sun for the first time. What a pleasant and welcome surprise!
Congratulations to your editor and support staff for the best informative reading and entertainment I have had since moving here six years ago. I was still reading Monday — that is how much I miss having a “live newspaper” in hand.
I wish there was delivery here. Keep up the excellent reporting.