Letters to the Editor for June 17, 2013

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 9:20 p.m.

Best wishes

The Child Abuse Prevention Project has served a 16-county area of North Central Florida since 1983. It was a collaboration between the university and various state agencies. In these hard economic times, funding has been cut and the program is closing.

Over the years, CAPP provided many services to families in our community. It was blessed with dedicated workers whose goals were enhancing the nurturing skills of parents and helping educate and train the community about the needs of children and families.

The services were voluntary and free. If you raised children or were a child in our area over the last 30 years, you probably benefited from their professional education for teachers and daycare workers, or even support for your family through trying times.

If you were one who benefited, take a few minutes to let your elected officials know this program will be missed. And drop CAPP a “goodbye and best wishes” note.

Rosellen Dedlow,


Unselfish act

June 14 was World Blood Donor Day. On this day we thank individuals who made the personal decision to donate blood. It is an unselfish act that happens worldwide.

In this day of global economies and health care, it is appropriate to recognize that we all have the same basic needs and depend on one another. There is a young mother who needs a red cell transfusion because of childbirth complications, a child undergoing a bone marrow transplant who needs platelet transfusions, a farm accident victim that requires plasma transfusions. These life-saving things happen everyday and everywhere.

I want to thank the blood donors who help LifeSouth fulfill our mission. Our donors help save lives because blood is there when needed. Although donating blood is an international phenomena, happening thousands of times a day, it is still a personal decision made one at a time. It shows people care. It shows them at their best.

Nancy Eckert,


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

Honesty and integrity

A Sun editorial, commenting on the hiring of Stockton Whitten for Alachua County manager, seems not to be concerned that Whitten's resume contains a falsehood — a.k.a a lie. The Sun says Whitten “should have known better” than to state, in writing, that he had a master's degree in public administration when in fact he only had a certificate.

The Sun says that honesty is “not an issue that should disqualify him from consideration for the job”.

Why is it not an issue? If Whitten lied on his application — and that is exactly what he did — and has been doing so for over 20 years, why is not honesty, character and integrity some of the criteria on which to base qualifications for the position?

The Sun and Whitten should heed the comments of a very wise person, Albert Einstein, who said: “Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

Al Alsobrook,


Eye-popping bill

The doctors and nurses of the Shands pediatric ICU are to be commended for their skilled and compassionate care of young Ben Smith, who in the rarest of incidents suffered a severe bite from an eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

Conversely, Shands Hospital administrators are to be called to account for suggesting, presumably with a straight face, that a nearly 1,000 percent markup on the cost of life-saving antivenin is justified (article, June 12).

Storing, preparing and administering antivenin is roughly equivalent to freezing, re-hydrating and injecting. Presumably, Smith will also be receiving an eye-popping bill for his time in the ICU — effectively double billing him for the latter two procedures.

Unfortunately, this is all too symptomatic of the state of U.S. health care, as hospitals — both for profit and not — do a much better job of lobbying Congress than we the people.

Rob Robins,


Never forgotten

On June 6, the Gainesville Sun chose to ignore the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The Sun's editorial that day was about the Gainesville tree ordinance.

Evidently, The Sun considered the battle for the tree canopy in Gainesville to be of more importance than remembering D-Day, a day on which more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded.

The sacrifices of these soldiers can never be forgotten. We should always honor our men and women who serve in our armed forces. Hundreds of World War II veterans die every day, and it will be a sad day indeed for America when they are all gone.

William L. Lassiter,


Unholy alliance

A June 10 article in The Sun stated that the Southern Baptists have less influence in government and their role as partisan political players is diminishing. Why did the Southern Baptists have any influence in partisan politics to begin with?

Ever since the unholy alliance of the religious right and Republican Party, the Southern Baptists have wagged the party's tail. Being against LGBT and women's reproductive rights, being for prayer in school and having their denomination try to be the nation's spiritual leaders is wrong.

The Southern Baptists formed in the nation's split over slavery, which they favored. They were also staunch segregationists. They have been against any progressive change that helps people, such as health care, calling it socialistic.

The Southern Baptists claim they are being discriminated against because they are Christians. It seems that they have discriminated against others who have not subscribed to their brand of Christianity.

Rev. Donna Tara Lee,


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