Letters to the Editor for June 21, 2013


Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:21 p.m.

Blatant attempt

Good grief! Our city commissioners are at it again: Sticking their noses in our business and their hands in our pockets.

Why would they think that restaurateurs need the city's permission to allow dogs in their outdoor sections, when that happy practice has been a part of our funky, bohemian bistro scene for decades? Oh, right: Someone pointed out that permits could be sold for $250.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees this blatant attempt at fundraising for what it is. Get ready to start leaving your dogs at home, my friends. What restaurant owner is likely to submit to this plain-and-simple gouging?

Bob Webb,

Gainesville

Spent enough

Good letter from Paul Varnes on June 18. I agree with most of his views. However, he left out one of the major items: fire protection!

I would not include parks and recreation as a major item. Leave it to the neighborhoods. We already have enough spent on parks and recreation in Alachua County.

Everett Scroggie Jr.,

Gainesville

Wise decision

It is my opinion that Alachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly is acting like a spoiled brat again. It's his way or no way.

He did not get the first selection for county manager and now he is not voting for anyone. I am glad to see that some commissioners are letting him know that he does not have total control.

Deputy Manager Betty Baker, who is a black woman, may finally get a chance to serve as interim manager. It is unfortunate that she may not ever become county manager because she is in the DROP program.

I think Stockton Whitten made a wise decision by not accepting a position as county manager. He may have been hounded by a commissioner who made it clear that he was not his choice. I can just imagine how difficult his life would have been trying to work with this individual.

Frank Lopez,

Archer

Seems immoral

I tasted my first cigarette in the upstairs bedroom of Sally Latimer when no one else was home. That was in 1947.

In 2003, I was diagnosed with emphysema. It was assumed that I developed this because I smoked. Maybe it was or maybe it wasn't. I knew two people who died from emphysema and they never touched a cigarette.

Sue the tobacco company for the death of a loved one? It seems like a strange thing to do. Never once did anyone force me to smoke. As a matter of fact, I loved smoking. Not only did it taste good but — hello — I was addicted!

Shame on tobacco companies but, even more, shame on me. Until it can be proven without doubt that smoking is the only factor in these diseases, it seems immoral to bring suit. I wouldn't do it or want any of my family to do it.

Suzann Baumgardner,

Gainesville

Live longer

A recent issue of Time magazine brings more documentation that vegetarians live longer than their meat-chomping friends.

A six-year study of 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists found that vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death.

This is but the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It comes only two months after a discovery at the Cleveland Clinic that carnitine, contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.

Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality.

Indeed, each of us can find their own fountain of youth by adopting a meat-and-dairy-free diet.

Doug Osborne,

Gainesville

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