Letters to the Editor for June 14, 2013


Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.

Not too late

The controversy over a solar project in the Idylwild/Serenola area has created a new focus on the feed-in tariff offered by Gainesville Regional Utilities.

The tariff is intended to encourage the technology by offering a subsidy to anyone contributing to the advancement of solar collection. GRU is paying a 4.8 cent premium over retail and more on the first two discount tiers.

The problem is the city didn't specify any requirements for a contractor to contribute anything to improve the technology in exchange for the windfall. Consequently, companies like Sybac Solar, the company installing the Idylwild/Serenola project, have no interest after the 20-year subsidy has expired — although amortization of the equipment is much longer. In fact, the manufacture warranties the equipment for 25 years.

It's not too late. Gainesville could include requirements in future leases, if not this one, for recipients to provide some advancement in the technology of solar generation.

Mac McEachern,

Gainesville

Character of a leader

After listening to news accounts marking the 69th anniversary of D-Day — which the president chose to ignore — it makes one reflect on the character of our nation's leaders then and now.

General Eisenhower, as a primary invasion planner, drafted and carried a note in his pocket expressing confidence in his troops, words of encouragement and an apology to his troops and the nation accepting full responsibility should the mission fail.

The character of a leader, regardless of the organization, sets the tone for qualities of ability, integrity, trust and confidence for the members, employees and citizens to develop and embrace.

With multiple issues in the nation and this president so defiant, deficient and lacking in these qualities, it is not surprising his hand-picked inner circle is lacking those same qualities with no accountability.

Now more than ever, God really needs to bless America.

R. E. Miller,

Gainesville

On the trail

On behalf of the Gainesville Cycling Club, we congratulate the city of Archer on their grand opening event for the western section of the Archer Braid Trail. Community activities will take place before the ribbon cutting and bicycle-pedestrian parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The trail head is beneath the water tower near the main highway intersection in Archer.

Trail connectivity is vital to enhancing the local economy between Alachua County's sister cities. Bike-pedestrian infrastructure increases property values, reduces crime, lowers carbon emissions and improves the health of our citizens.

Most important, this connectivity enhances the relationship between communities, allowing us to better understand one another and to keep our hard-earned dollars spent locally on recreation and necessities.

We'll see you on the trail!

Jayson O'Mahoney,

President,

Gainesville Cycling Club

and the GCC Board of

Directors

Same meaning

Words should have the same meaning for those who say or write them and those who hear or read them. "Marriage" means a civil union between a man and a woman.

I have no objection to any civil union, with all the rights that now go to husband and wife, but the term "same sex marriage" pays no respect to language. What term is used to express the other member of this pairing? "Partner" has other meanings. "Husband" and "wife" are, of course, incorrect.

Those who want to have a union, with all the social and legal implications of marriage, are by-and-large bright people. They should find or create appropriate language.

R.W. Bertcher,

Gainesville

Hodgepodge

I think it was a bad decision to replace Jake Fuller with the current fare except for Sundays. Jake was a real professional as compared to the present frequent hodgepodge. I no longer look at the cartoons. If Fuller is available, please bring him back.

William E. Barker,

Gainesville

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