Letters to the Editor for June 27, 2013
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
Guise of safety
I recently received a traffic citation from the Gainesville Police Department on 13th Street, in the vicinity of the Gainesville High School, for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. It will cost me $154 and three points on my license.
It was a staged operation that was conducted with assembly-line efficiency. There was an actor, presumably a law enforcement officer, waving his arms and pretending to want to cross the street and a cast of multiple officers ready to stroke out the citations at a turn-off point.
My first inclination upon seeing the actor with other cars driving by was to be prepared to make a quick stop. In retrospect that solution in itself could have created an incident.
Are there not enough real traffic violations occurring in this town that we have to resort to setups? This stinks of revenue generation under the guise of safety ญญญ— not unlike unwarranted speed traps.
Is it any wonder that the U.S. is far behind even Eastern European countries in math and science? We seem to have a lot of folks who still believe in magic.
I'm referring to The Sun's June 23 article, "A different approach to medicine." Crystal bowl balancing and pendulum readings are hardly science. If something can't be independently tested in a lab then it's just so much nonsense.
Simply believing in or wanting something to be true won't make it so. Only evidence in support of facts make it true. Astrology gave way to astronomy and alchemy gave way to chemistry. So too did magic potions and chants give way to modern medicine.
Today, well over half of all students in the U.S. studying math, science, and engineering are from foreign countries.
It's time we grew up, threw off our superstitions and joined the rest of the scientific world.
June Girard's June 15 column, "Don't be distracted by Obama's supposed scandals," was ludicrous. Almost every point she made had no proof.
To say the president knew nothing about the recent scandals is to say that she has inside information. To say his approval rating still remains around 51 to 53 percent doesn't reflect recent polls that show it dropped by 8 points since the news of the scandals broke.
To say that we did nothing while our people were being murdered in Benghazi or even "blame the action on terrorism because our concept of innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" is a concept beyond belief.
To say none of the targeted groups were refused tax exemption means she did not listen to the testimony given to Congress.
How The Sun gave Girard five columns for this inaccurate column beats me. Maybe the letters to the editor are correct in saying this paper is too liberal.
George E. Acaley,
Most repellant and daunting about the government's spy on-the-people scheme is the extent of the power it has amassed and its eagerness to spend billions of dollars to put its secret project into operation. Even worse, our elected Congress has handed this power to bureaucrats whose main role is to perpetuate the system and keep shoveling money to enrich private contractors.
Who is surprised that officials who control and benefit from this project testify with straight faces and in serious tones that it has "helped prevent" 50 or more terrorist attacks? "You have to take my word on this because it is critical that you not know the truth," is their claim. So too were the flimsy, self-interested and false claims that led the United States into Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
One day the slippery slope may become so steep that a fatal slide cannot be stopped.
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