Letters to the Editor for July 7, 2013

Published: Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:15 p.m.

Whole picture

If you care about our planet, are concerned about global climate change and dislike the biomass plant, I wonder if you have considered the whole picture.

If you are concerned about increased costs for our electricity, are you aware that costs will soon be rising substantially for coal-generated power? This will be due to our government’s (long overdue) allocation of responsibility for use of coal, and for coal’s creation of greenhouse gases.

Biomass costs will be more than electric costs that are currently low, due to the low cost of natural gas. The gas is being obtained from the process of fracking, a factor that is being ignored by many biomass opponents.

Fracking releases methane gas, which is much more harmful than CO2 in terms of climate change, resulting in a net effect worse than coal. It has poisoned people’s lands and waters.

I am proud that our city has taken an alternate course.

Lucian Kragiel,


Open to the public

Dr. Robert Knight’s June 30 column on the state of our area’s springs and rivers suggested that water management districts take responsibility for returning these waters to their former state.

He recommended visiting the website of the Florida Springs Institute, which is indeed an instructive site, but please note the Suwannee River Water Management District also has a comprehensive webpage at www.srwmd.state.fl.us/index.aspx.

It lists the nine members of the district’s Governing Board, who are appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate; they serve without pay. The board has a diverse group of members including several farmers/cattlemen, an attorney, a certified public accountant, a former teacher, a real estate appraiser, a Ph.D. wetland hydrologist and a former state law enforcement officer.

The board meets the second Tuesday of every month, except during May and November. Meetings are open to the public. The website states that the public is invited to comment on the minimum flow and levels draft report.

Rachel Shireman,


Fitness goals

In a July 1 article in The Sun, it was noted that young people can get some exercise this summer at Gainesville Health and Fitness Center, Westwood Middle School and the YMCA. This is a wonderful opportunity. It is good to have fitness goals.

Everyone can have fitness goals. These goals can be by walking, running, biking or fitness routines. One friend does Zumba exercises on a regular basis and that person is in her 70s.

My goal is to do about 85 miles per month on my bike, which translates to 1,000 miles per year. It is hoped that the young people will be given enough guidance that they will set some fitness goals for themselves.

Fitness goals are a challenge for everyone. Don’t let your age, weight, sex or your neighborhood discourage you. Your self-esteem will improve and so will your health.

Larry Schwandes,


Better life

Why are so many of us so mean-spirited and hateful?

What difference does it make to my marriage to a woman and my children’s marriages to people of the opposite sex if two men or women want to marry each other?

If the Bible says that it’s a sin and you believe the Bible, then don’t do it, but why should our beliefs govern other people who believe differently?

Why shouldn’t we allow undocumented aliens to become citizens? Are you going to mow lawns, pick vegetables, be a nanny or mop floors? If not, then what harm are undocumented aliens causing?

So what if they entered our country illegally? They were trying to find a better life and escape poverty and tyranny. Isn’t that what our Italian, Irish and Jewish ancestors were trying to do?

Isn’t that what all of our ancestors were trying to do, or do we all believe we were born next to Plymouth Rock?

George L. Barnett,


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