Letters to the Editor for July 10, 2013
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.
Don't sell Loblolly
I oppose efforts to privatize any part of the Loblolly Woods.
My son, his friends, my dog and I have used this wild place and public space for years. It provides access to and forms part of a network of inner city off-road green space that simply cannot be replaced by buying land elsewhere.
If you explore the Loblolly Woods you will find a warren of footpaths leading to rickety bridges, enticing bike jumps and abandoned forts, an intergenerational legacy of pre-pubescent parentless bliss. There is no more such land in the inner city and there never will be.
The Loblolly Woods and its associated amenities are the closest thing that Gainesville has to that most iconic inner city greenspace — Central Park.
Don't promote a precedent that kicks that child out of the woods so one person can have a bigger backyard for his menacing dogs to patrol.
Thomas T. Ankersen,
As usual Sun reporter Chris Curry wrote a useful and comprehensive feature article about priorities of Community Redevelopment Agency funding to so called “blighted” neighborhoods. Also as usual, City Commissioner Yvonne Hinson-Rawls appropriately pointed out the lack of and justification for more CRA funding on the east side of Gainesville.
I would like to also point out justification for CRA funding attention to Southwest 13th Street and the pleas of the Southwest Gainesville Business Association (SWGBA) for renovation support from city government. The businesses along south Southwest 13th Street to the city limits should be complimented for their out-of-pocket expenses to enhance the look and feel of Southwest 13th Street.
Shouldn't such self-reliance for trying to enhance business and commerce on our city's southern gateway be reinforced by our CRA?
N. David Flagg,
Cast the first stone
I must agree with Rhoda Atchison's letter of July 6 in support of Paula Deen. If those members of the board of directors who made the decision to “dump” Paula can truthfully say that they have never uttered a racial slur of any kind, let him cast the first stone.
The law is clear
In the controversy over police stings at pedestrian crosswalks, the letter of the law is clear.
The statute says “(b) The driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk ... and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.”
The second part of the statute should exonerate many who were ticketed. If an undercover cop/pedestrian sticks his toe into the street on the west side of 13th Street, drivers on the east side are not required to stop until the cop/pedestrian is “approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.” Yet many ticketed in the sting were wrongly cited.
A slap in the face
What Mignon Craig has forgotten in her comment on July 2 is that those huddled masses who were welcomed by the Statue of Liberty were welcomed under a “legal” process. What she also forgot to mention is that there are still “huddled masses” who still go through this process and suffer great pains to do it “legally.”
This “amnesty” — basically, a sanctioned pardon for someone who has committed a crime is a slap in the face to the people who still choose to do this legally. You can dress it however you please, with liberal methods of easing the stigma for these illegal aliens, but after it's all said and done, they are still illegal.
It will always be a slap in the face to those who have done this the legal way.