Letters to the Editor for June 13, 2013


Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.

For the people

The 159 acres that comprise Loblolly Woods Nature Park were set aside by the city of Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. It is one of the best bird-watching sites in the county. The mission statement for this nature park reads as follows: “Our mission: To provide and maintain the natural, recreational and cultural facilities and programs that make Gainesville a great place to live, work and visit; and that help sustain the City economically, socially and environmentally.”

There is no clause in this mission statement, or anywhere else, that says if someone comes along offering a boatload of money for five of those 159 acres, that the city should recommend selling. Loblolly Woods Nature Park is one of several beautiful and natural areas that have been purchased and set aside for the people to enjoy ... forever.

Martha R. Harrell,

Gainesville

Relevant statistics

What is missing from the entire June 9 story “ACLU finds racial disparity in area marijuana arrests” is mention of comparable and therefore relevant statistics.

A summary of national survey data showing 14 percent of blacks and 12 percent of whites volunteered that they had used the drug during the previous year (therefore relatively equal usage) is irrelevant in claiming a basis for discrimination. Simple home use generally does not lead to arrest. The time, place and circumstances of use that initiate police action are what lead to an arrest.

That 6.6 times as many blacks as whites are arrested for drug use in Alachua County is irrelevant in proving racial bias. That could only be shown when in comparable situations blacks are 6.6 times more likely to be arrested than are whites.

Eleanor W. Merritt,

Gainesville

Our springs

The June 7 story on the area springs was great. However, it listed Ginnie and Blue Springs as “in Alachua County.” We, in Gilchrist County, want our springs back.

Both are in Gilchrist, along with more springs than anyplace else in the world. Yes, world. The story also didn't mention Hart Springs, often known as the jewel of Gilchrist County. Oh yes, there's a Blue Springs in Levy County too, along with at least a dozen other “Blue Springs” in Florida, maybe more. It was still a great story.

Bill Kilborn,

Chairman,

Pure Water Wilderness, the Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy Tourist Development Council

Too many scandals

Obviously, there are just too many scandals and negative press involving the Obama administration for The Sun's editorial board to keep up with. Or perhaps it used all of its editorial bullets up on accusing the Republicans of politicizing the Benghazi fiasco and resulting cover-up where four Americans were killed.

After all, Obama's attacks on the First Amendment and freedom of the press; corruption in the IRS; and a lying and obfuscating attorney general would overwhelm any left-wing, pro-Obama editorial board. It's better for it just to move along; nothing to see here. What else could explain its silence?

Bob Mowbray,

Gainesville

Civil rights

In reference to George Barnett's June 10 column: Mr. Barnett does not care whether his email is opened and read by the government.

He does not care whether his telephone is tapped by the government. He probably doesn't care if a drone flies over his house and photographs him. He said he doesn't care if anyone sticks a swab inside his body.

Even though he says he believes in civil rights under the Constitution, he contradicts himself if he supports these invasions. He says if you don't like this sort of invasion of your privacy, contact your congressman or inspector general. We all know that does a lot of good. Tell that to the prisoners at Guantanamo.

No, I don't have to go live in some other country. I have been to China and Russia. I prefer my own country. I am a liberal and a humanist. But I'm more like the statesman Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Jerry Jenkins,

Micanopy

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