Letters to the Editor for June 30, 2013


Published: Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.

Football U

A distinguished University of Florida professor once told me, "The University of Florida is close to becoming a university." But that was some years back and under a former UF president. Now we have "Football U."

A few weeks back, a football player was arrested and jailed because of actions at a local bar. He seemed to feel that because of his status, he had extreme rights.

Under normal circumstances, a good coach would have dismissed him and UF would have expelled him. But there's been silence. New players are just arriving and this is the example they see.

There have been Florida players who should be remembered. Emmitt Smith is a good example — a great player professionally who earned an academic degree.

If Florida is Football U, why not instill discipline in your players and maybe even give them a modicum of an education? That might have to wait for a new UF president.

M.P. Nolan,

Gainesville

Parental involvement

Regarding Sarah McIntosh's June 22 column, "Need for remedial courses is sad but avoidable," I say "You go, girl!"

I taught at the University of Florida, my wife taught in Alachua County Public Schools and a daughter teaches in Texas' public schools, so I have long-term personal experience with the innards of teaching.

McIntosh is dead right that, "We need not accept remedial classes as unavoidable. Remedial classes should not be the reality in Florida."

McIntosh is also right that, "Teachers, schools and parents are all part of the equation" for educating students adequately. Techniques for improving teachers' and schools' abilities are being tested in many places. But who knows how to improve parental involvement?

McIntosh wrote that, "Remedial classes should not be the reality in Florida." I agree, but they will be necessary until more parents get more involved in assuring that their children actually learn.

John Holt,

Alachua

Animal abandonment

The cat was left behind like the trash put to the curb when his owner finished with her advanced degree from the University of Florida and packed up and moved away.

His only company, now, is the workmen fixing up the house for re-sale now that it's owner no longer has any use for the house or the cat. He is a beautiful, not quite 2-year-old cat that the owner's daughter adored.

How does UF not address this frequent problem of animal abandonment with its incoming students? Those new students should be counseled on compassion for living things and instructed of their responsibility to those living things when their time here comes to an end. Maybe even have something hanging over their heads like the rescinding of their degree if they choose to act irresponsibly.

Why not? They can't even graduate if they have an outstanding parking ticket.

Alan Taylor,

Gainesville

Major step

Last week's ruling by the Supreme Court that same-sex couples can get married in states that recognize this legality is a major step toward total equality for all Americans.

Many gay friends of mine are encouraged and overwhelmed with happiness. However, these same friends believe that Florida will be the last state to honor this ruling, if it ever does.

I do not understand why Floridians are so hostile and unacceptable to this now legal law established by our Supreme Court. All Americans are equal under all our laws. Florida should honor this legality immediately.

B. James Quigley,

Gainesville

Privileged class

What is marriage? According to these dictionaries: Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1966): "The institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family."

Merriam-Webster Dictionary (merriam-webster.com): "(1) The state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. (2) The state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage (same-sex marriage)."

The newer definition truly reflects today's perception of marriage; it has no purpose. This is the reason why families are disappearing.

What is the difference between two friends or family members living together with gays living together? None! Gays are now a privileged class.

Rudy Kauffmann,

Gainesville

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