Letters to the Editor for June 24, 2013


Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:15 p.m.

Different viewpoints

I wish to comment on Ron Cunningham's June 20 review of the play I direct, "The Perfect Party," playing weekends at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre.

While he praised the acting, Cunningham suggested the play is "dated" by referring to conditions in American during the 1980s. I must strongly disagree.

The specifics of American foreign policy may have changed, but the essence remains the same: there is a subtle if not outright overt imperialism in that policy. It causes us — in our "humanitarian" intervention, targeted assassinations and drone strikes — to alienate much of the rest of the world by virtue of our perceived arrogance.

Cunningham poses a false scenario of the actors in the show "soldiering on" by excellent portrayals of the defective material (the script) given to them. Clearly your reviewer and I have different viewpoints on this.

Maybe readers will want to see for themselves whether this critique is justifiable. The show runs weekends through June 30.

Jerry D. Rose,

Gainesville

Right decision

The Sun's lead sports story on June 13 was headlined, "Holloway avoids talk of a dynasty." Holloway in this case is Florida men's track and field coach Mike Holloway, who coached earlier in his career at Buchholz High School.

A letter I sent to The Sun in 1995 gave a laurel to athletic director Jeremy Foley and then-coach Doug Brown for hiring Holloway as an assistant at that time. I wrote: "Holloway is exceptional in dedication, competence, caring and that degree of toughness that is sometimes required ... I have observed respect and loyalty on the faces of the young athletes that he has coached. His employment by UF is certainly an instance in which the right decision was made about the right person at just the right time."

As I see it now, the letter was one of the best letters that I have submitted, if not the very best.

J.T. Frankenberger,

Gainesville

Hardship neutral

The best way for our entire country to achieve carbon-neutrality is by having Congress enact a consumer-friendly carbon-fee, in which all the proceeds get equally divided between every U.S. citizen.

This way, the tax on carbon will give individuals, and the entire economy, the incentive (and the means) to invest in non-fossil-fuel-based goods and services. And the "dividend" allows consumers to have the financial cushion which would enable them to make that transition.

This plan is carbon neutral, revenue neutral and hardship neutral.

Kotton Dwyer,

Hawthorne

Far different

The third juror questioned Monday in jury selection for George Zimmerman's trial was asked if she thought it was wrong for Zimmerman to ignore a police dispatcher's advice not to follow Martin. She answered "Yes."

The dispatcher never advised Zimmerman not to follow Martin. What she said was, "Are you following him?" He answered "Yes." The dispatcher responded, "You don't need to do that."

Saying you don't need to do that is far different than saying don't do that. Zimmerman did not disobey an order as the news media keeps reporting.

Bill Smith,

Hawthorne

Official channels

Ernie Taylor (letter, June 18) seems to believe the Vietnam War and National Security Agency information gathering may have been mistakes, but individuals such as Jane Fonda and Edward Snowden who didn't use official channels to protest should be jailed.

Taylor overlooks the fact that the war was not just a mistake, but a manufactured war based upon official lies including the Gulf of Tonkin incident. If it wasn't for mass protests, we might still be fighting that war. Going through official channels wouldn't have gotten the job done.

Wouldn't it have been beneficial if there was an Edward Snowden to tell the public what was being communicated at the highest government levels at the time of the alleged Gulf of Tonkin attack or in the months before 9/11? In both cases, many lives could have been saved.

Limiting ourselves to official channels is a recipe for the public to be kept in the dark.

Albert Meyer,

Gainesville

Morally depraved

It should come as no surprise that the most morally depraved county in Florida with the highest taxes in Florida and a utility that is used as a taxing mechanism would try to hire — and then by way of its voice in The Sun — justify a county manager candidate that lied on his application.

An honest person might have moral reservations with the job that would be expected by the communists that are currently running and ruining our county. While not party members, our leaders are philosophically communists as defined in the Communist Manifesto.

It would be too honest to join the party of their actions. The Democrats are acting communists attempting to cloak themselves under a different label. Compare the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto to the Democratic agenda.

Lloyd Bailey,

Gainesville

Fair game

It sadly seems too many citizens are almost eager to give up the freedoms guaranteed us in the Constitution. We seem to be repeating what occurred in World War II when all the Japanese citizens were rounded up.

Only now we will all be fair game for the government hunters and intruders, who will use the ruse of fear and security to invade our rights and deny us our freedoms, as they do the bidding of the corporate criminals and war profiteers.

It seems fascism won't have to march in with an invading army, but will be welcomed in by the many folks who choose to forget what freedom means.

Bob Tomashevsky,

Archer

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