Letters to the Editor for July 5, 2013

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.

Second chance

The Florida Department of Education should shut down suspensions of students from school. There can instead be an intervention program for the students who are having problems adjusting to life.

I am sure older adults around them are not setting a good example for them. Parents/caregivers should be made to have a part in this program.

The Florida Department of Education has a program that is costing the taxpayers tons of money to protect teachers from being dismissed from their jobs. If the money were transferred into this program, a lot of students would be given a second chance.

If Trayvon Martin had been afforded this program, he would be alive today.

Jane Greene,


Peace and quiet

It seems all Nathan Collier wants is peace and quiet. That is very easy to do when money does not seem to be a problem. There are beautiful farms and acreage in Alachua County that would fit that bill.

Collier is making many enemies in Gainesville, trying to buy public land that we all love and use for his own enjoyment. It seems if you have enough money, you can buy your peace and quiet anywhere.

I hope the city commissioners don't sent the wrong message to Gainesville residents and approve this transaction.

Stephanie Pierce,


Misinformed voters

Jim Kohl, a military retiree, claims the “country is going to hell in a handbasket” because he only received a 1 percent increase in his retirement pay during the last six years (letter, June 26). If the country is going to hell in a handbasket, it's because of misinformed voters.

The actual record of military retirement (cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA) is 2.3 percent in 2007, 5.8 percent in 2008, zero percent in 2009 and 2010, 3.6 percent in 2011 and 1.7 percent in 2012. During those years, the total increase was over 14 percent.

COLAs are based on the rate of inflation. In 2009 and 2010, inflation was zero percent or less. If Congress allowed negative rates, Kohl would have had a pay decrease in those years.

Most retirement plans, other than government plans, do not include automatic COLA increases. Be grateful for your blessings and send a thank-you note to Sen. Bill Nelson!

John H. Burgess,


Illegal injustice

Ordinance 27-28 stipulates the fuel adjustment should be zero and offers a process for the commission to change the amount if determined to be in the public interest.

This ordinance hasn't been amended nor has any amendment been published and the legal rate remains zero. Had changes been made, the city attorney would have seized upon it in her “opinion.”

But the general manager of Gainesville Regional Utilities has collected $24 million from customers in fuel adjustments, just a little over zero.

Regardless of what the intentions for this money are, it's an injustice that appears to be illegal.

W. E. “Mac” McEachern,


Prudent parents

Cindy Diven made some statements in her June 11 letter, “Propagating hate,” that I would like to correct.

The Bibles quotes Jesus speaking of God's love and hatred of sin. God's word states that some things are right and some things are wrong, and these things are destructive to children, family and nations.

Most wise and prudent parents would hesitate to send their little girl to sleep overnight in close housing with a group of men and boys on a Scouting trip. Likewise, some parents may think it not prudent to send their little boy camping with gay men and boys.

God makes it clear that we have all sinned and come short of God's purity and glorious perfection. A believer's heterosexual adultery will be just as harmful to a home and to the culture as homosexuality. God condemns sin in all forms, in believers and in non-believers.

Beverly Sarra,


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