Letters to the Editor for June 23, 2013
Published: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
Not a new tax
New tax? So Gov. Rick Scott and Tallahassee consider requiring out-of-state businesses to collect sales tax to be a new tax? Aren't our elected officials supposed to represent Florida citizens and businesses?
Why do they fall over themselves to make sure we who elected them are at a financial disadvantage? Why not also exempt all Florida businesses from collecting this "new" tax?
Let our customers decide if they will voluntarily pay. Just think how popular Florida stores will suddenly become if we don't have to collect sales tax.
The Wood Stove Inc.
Plight of the poor
I would like to compliment Jaclyn Jacobs for her excellent June 9 column — well-written, well-researched — on the problem of indifference in our society.
She has inspired me to mention another major form of societal indifference, and that is indifference to the plight of the poor.
Last week I was looking at a line of people going up to the Home Van to receive food. This line was so long and included so many canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs that I felt like I was watching a movie and the scene being filmed was the line into a faith healers' tent.
How we got into this fix has been well-documented by many, and I won't rehash it here. Bottom line: We have to start caring about our fellow human beings.
We need to welcome them into our neighborhoods, our hearts, our lives and share our abundance with them, until they are healed and we are healed.
Regarding The Sun's June 12 editorial "Shed the stigma," I'm sorry Nathan Crabbe feels victimized by Stephen Foster residents' refusal to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Beazer East's soil scraping and cover-up that is based on flawed data.
I wonder if he can imagine what the families at ground zero are going through? Why does The Sun support the cover-up instead of residents suffering from long-term toxic exposure inside of homes in Koppers neighborhoods?
The Sun never runs stories on sick residents and families who have lost loved ones to illnesses like cancers that could result from the kind of dioxins, PAHs and arsenic that Beazer East says don't exist inside our homes.
This issue should not be reduced to Koppers talking points on back pages. Instead of only publishing politically expedient articles, how about showing some humanity and compassion by actually conducting some investigative journalism into what's really happening in our neighborhood?
If not now, when? The biomass debate continues. Debate has value, but this defies logic. The facts that suggest this biomass energy source is hazardous to our finances, our health and our infrastructure have been presented time and again to our political representatives and the media.
These are the known facts, so what is unknown? A recent environmental study on pollution published online in Environmental Health Perspectives concluded that air pollution contributed to babies being born with autism. In spite of these facts, an attitude of "my mind is made up, don't confuse it with facts" seems to prevail.
Give us a reason to trust you. Refund the overcharges in our Gainesville Regional Utilities bill, hold GRU General Manager Bob Hunzinger and others accountable, and make available to GRU customers a safe, financially sensible source of energy.