Letters to the Editor for June 16, 2013
Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.
I agree with several points that Chuck Woods made (column, June 9). Gainesville is oversaturated with certain kinds of radio programming and suffers a dearth of over types. WRUF-FM is owned by the University of Florida and its programming should be held to a higher educational and cultural standard.
Shortly after WWII, Samuel Chotzinoff, NBC radio's music and opera producer, stated that the ideal radio should transmit sounds that the cultured listener hears at an actual concert. In the 1920s, the BBC instituted a policy to bring the best of everything into the greatest number of homes.
Unfortunately, everything is not available in Gainesville. Classical music can only be heard on HD radios and I doubt there are many here. The South Florida NPR stations broadcast classical music on regular FM and talk shows on HD. Woods suggests that WRUF-FM adapt a variety of programming that includes classical music, opera and jazz. Sounds right to me!
Well, let me see now. Stockton Whitten falsely claims on his resume he has a Master of Public Administration from a non-existent University of Florida MPA program. The real question then is how did he get to be second on the candidate list?
Commissioner Charles Chestnut spins it is OK because Whitten had another master's degree while Human Resources Manager Kim Baldry excuses Whitten's lie as a mere “shortcut.”
This is the kind of agenda-driven malarkey we are getting out of Washington. Must we be subjected to it locally as well?
Harold B. Wilber,
Killing our springs
The June 9 article “Springs Time” extols the qualities of the springs, but their decline in the past decade was ignored.
Instead of the beautiful blue of pristine springs, most springs are now slime green from algae caused by runoff from excess fertilizer use for lawns and agriculture. Over-pumping of the aquifer has decreased flow and some springs have dried up entirely.
Those who haven't visited the springs can see what they've missed by visiting John Moran's Florida Museum of Natural History exhibit. A Sierra Club map (http://goo.gl/maps/AKEc) has clickable icons for almost all the state's springs.
Those who would rather pollute than pay a small fee raised a hue and cry for repeal of 2010 legislation to require five-year inspections of septic tanks. Now, the governor and Legislature have gutted environmental regulations.
We are killing our springs. If you find a pristine one, I want to visit it before it's gone!
Follow the money
I appreciated the June 9 Speaking Out column discussing childhood obesity.
We have to attack the root of the problem and, to find it, just follow the money. Food and beverage companies have been given carte blanche, including access to our children from birth. These companies understand the addictive nature of their products better than anyone.
It is not as simple as a calorie in, a calorie out. We have to change the food environment. Here are a few things that we need to do:
Breastfeed. Encourage every woman you know to do so.
Provide real food only, not processed, refined or manufactured. Avoid any product with added sugar.
Water, pure and unadulterated, shound be the drink of choice.
Do not watch television or allow any child in your home to watch television.
Walk — as much and as frequently as possible and take your kids.
Cook — if you don't know how, learn.
I was saddened to read not one but two letters in The Sun recently lamenting young people's style of dress — backward caps, bare midriffs, etc. I must say, if this is the worst these kids do we are of all men (and women) most blessed.
Some 70 years or so ago, my contemporaries annoyed the adults by wearing “untucked” shirts. Shirt tails flapping any which way instead of being tucked neatly into waistbands were, apparently, a sign of moral decay.
Interestingly, this cohort is now referred to by many as “the greatest generation.”