Letters to the Editor for July 8, 2013

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:57 p.m.

Worldwide commitment

Thanks to The Sun for delivering the stimulating column on climate change by John Ward (online, June 10). He builds a strong case for our recognizing the effects and taking action. But taking action seems overwhelming when one considers the worldwide commitment required. Among international organizations engaged in addressing climate change are the Sierra Club and 350.org.

Here in Gainesville, we have an active chapter of Citizen's Climate Lobby, working with about 100 chapters in the U.S .and Canada, to urge our legislators to enact a carbon fee and dividend. It would be charged on fossil fuels at the mine, wellhead or port and returned, 100 percent, to citizens of the U.S. to help offset increased energy costs.

Through letters and lobbying with this group, individual actions can make a difference. Check out Citizen's Climate Lobby website. Our next monthly meeting is July 16, 6:30 p.m. at the main library in Gainesville. Come join us!

Sally Dickinson,


Vital services

On behalf of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers across the state, we congratulate Sen. Rob Bradley for receiving the Florida Senate Legislator of the Year Award at our annual conference this past month, and thank him for his support.

Because of Sen. Bradley's tireless efforts to remove the Clerks of the Court from the state budget process, our offices will now have the opportunity to reach a level of sustainability and stability that we haven't had in years. Equally as important, Floridians will continue to have access to their local clerk's office and the vital services we provide day in and day out.

We appreciate Sen. Bradley's leadership in the negotiations that returned our funding back to the days prior to 2009, allowing us to continue to do our constitutional duty to serve Floridians. This legislative change was critical for a more efficient court and judicial system in Florida, and we are so grateful to Sen. Bradley for his hard work this past session.

Paula S. O'Neil,

Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller,

Pasco County

Incoming President,

Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers

Other givebacks

I see before Speaker of the House John Boehner left for his recess, Congress failed to pass a bill to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling. Maybe citing some other givebacks will make Congress change its mind.

Let's start at the top. Recently, former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe retired from the Senate with a $140,000 a year pension along with Social Security and free medical care. Does the average American worker get a pension like that?

Members of Congress can get up to 80 percent of their salaries in pensions. Boehner makes over $233,000 as speaker. Do the math.

Where does it say elected officials are to line their pockets at the taxpayers' expense, when average American workers are asked to tighten their belts? Every politician who leaves Congress leaves a rich person.

Mr. Speaker, look into the mirror and try to remember who elected you and who you are supposed to represent.

Robert Williams,


Incompetent court

It didn't take long for the Roberts Supreme Court to soil itself again. First they endow corporations with personhood, now they prove their ignorance beyond a doubt by overturning the most important element of the Voting Rights Act. If they think that bigotry and prejudice no longer hold sway in many parts of this country, they are beyond stupid.

We can thank the Bushes: father appointing Clarence Thomas, one of the worst justices ever, and son appointing John Roberts and Samuel Alito, who are both biased political operatives. Thomas and Sandra O'Connor were instrumental in anointing George W. Bush, one of the worst presidents in history.

The Bushes are primarily responsible for this incompetent and corrupt Supreme Court. It will be a long time before I have any respect for the court.

M.L. Stein,


Any progress

As a vegetarian whose heart threatens to stop beating at the mention of any of her recipes, my initial response to Paula Deen's situation was, "Oh well, Southern lady, that's political correctness for you."

Deen, while under oath, admitted to using the dreaded N-word some 30 years ago. It had something to do with being the victim of a robbery. As a result, most of the major commercial chains that we all know have dropped her products from their inventory.

Are those major chains: Sears, Walmart, Target, etc., admitting, or making the statement, that no one can change and none of us have made any progress in 30 years when it comes to race relations?

Color me confused.

Bill Maur,


Groundless assertions

Dean Tate's June 28 letter starts with some truth (President Obama's "line in the sand" statement regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons on the dissenters opposing President Assad's oppressive regime), but devolves into an unsubstantiated claim of "world leaders" laughing at our president's incompetence. I ask that Tate provide evidence of this claim.

Tate goes on to berate the press for not reporting on "the scandal after scandal" rolling out of this White House, and further castigates the media for shielding our president during his campaign. "They failed to report the truth about a man who had never ran a business or held an executive position," he wrote.

Ironically, it seems Tate's groundless assertions are very weak but he gets his screeds printed in The Sun's opinion page on a regular basis.

Clayton Smith,


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