Letters to the Editor for June 12, 2013

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:09 p.m.

Causes for failure

The Gainesville Sun continues to assume that the 2012 Fix Our Roads initiative was defeated because bus rapid transit was not included. With the highest taxes from multiple tax resources funding our city and county revenues, how is it that a backlog of $550 million was allowed to accumulate on a high priority such as highly traveled roads?

This is just another example of why the citizens of Gainesville cannot trust the city and county government to responsibly manage budget revenues. Why would any additional taxes be approved when budgets continue to be mismanaged?

Why is it that the solution to mismanagement is to increase taxes instead of addressing the causes for the failure to correct the backlog through prudent management? If the tax was approved, do you really think we could trust that the revenues would be used in a responsible way?

Wilson Hicks,


Restraining drivers

Not long ago, a Today's Topic question was “Which irritates you most when you're driving on the road?" Driving slowly in the left lane was the top of six choices.

When Eighth Avenue is narrowed there won't be any left lane to go around the sluggish driver going under the proposed 35 mph speed limit. It won't work!

Of course emergency vehicles can always pass somehow, even with a median and a narrow bicycle lane.

There's a saying that “the fluidity of traffic goes hand in hand with a city's quality of life” — not the restraining of drivers in a main east-west artery. A calming effect, my eye!

Tom Pennisi,


Academic training

I do not know Stockton Whitten nor have I seen his application for the Alachua County manager position. Since Sharon Bauer has commented on his academic training (column, June 10), I can comment on the combination of a Master of Arts in political science and a certificate in public administration.

The combination of these two programs imply at least as much or more education in public administration than the more-recognized Master of Public Administration. Certificate programs are well-recognized academic programs. And, if there is any question of actual education and training of Mr. Whitten, one should look at his transcript, his official University of Florida academic record.

Clyde F. Kiker,

Professor Emeritus,

University of Florida

Brave souls

Have we forgotten June 6, 1944, the date of D-Day?

To remind you, this was the day where allied troops braved horrendous weather to land on the beaches of Normandy, France, to fight the Germans, only just 69 years ago. The airborne and amphibious fight began that day, with so many lives lost before even stepping foot on the beach.

I read the paper twice that day to see if it was mentioned anywhere — no! I listened to the news on TV20 — nothing!

The wind and rains of Tropical Storm Andrea are nothing compared to the rain and rough seas these brave men endured trying to reach the shores of Normandy.

This is history, folks. It wasn't that long ago. Let's not forget the brave souls who lost their lives and those who lived. Our lost and the few living veterans deserve to be remembered and more.

Lynn Rousseau,


What they believe

My friend Jim Clayton writes that atheists believe in nothing (letter, June 8). This is true to some extent.

They do not believe that the world was created by a supernatural being 6,000 years ago. They do not believe that talking snakes lived in Eden, that a man lived inside a whale and the rest of Biblical mythology. Nor do they believe that children should be stoned to death for being disobedient (Deut. 21, 18-21).

Many atheists are humanists and believe in the Golden Rule and caring for the needy. They believe Jesus was a great moral leader even though he did not come back to life after death. They believe Jesus would be revolted by many actions taken in his name, and they certainly believe in the separation of church and state.

Nath Doughtie,


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