Letters to the Editor for July 11, 2013


Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:55 p.m.

Democracy isn't always the answer

Some of America's best friends aren't democratically elected, especially in the Mideast.

Some are, like Israel, Lebanon and Turkey. But others are monarchs with global market-based economies.

Those are more loyal friends than either Arab socialists (Baathist relics like Syria), social Islamists (Iran, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas), and secular socialists like Venezuela, elected by misguided voters over the years.

In light of Egypt recently, the U.S. foreign policy should adjust so we don't support mob-elected Islamist or socialist thug regimes. Sometimes non-democratic is better than a mob rule by misguided voters. Especially if ethnic and religious civil strife worsens in a democracy. It's happened before.

Jeff Knee,

Gainesville

Transparency in zoning needed

Kudos to the Alachua County School Board for looking at ways to improve the zoning exception process (“Board tries to curb hiccups with school zoning exceptions,” Sun, July 5).

The rules should be applied consistently to all. Over the last 12 years, I have known families that have said they have gotten accepted into non-zoned schools because they knew a dean or other School Board employee that could “get them in” even though they did not meet the criteria. These exceptions were for schools that were over capacity.

If that occurred and the rules were bent for a few, I certainly hope those days are over. The rules need to be fairly applied to all students and families.

Since the school system is a public institution, shouldn't the exceptions that are granted be made available as public record? I encourage the School Board to become transparent in this area.

Sally C. Scott,

Gainesville

Tax carbon now to halt warming

The carbon tax Diane Forkel suggested (Sun, July 1) is vital for any plan to keep us under the 2-degree temperature increase beyond which things get really ugly. Our present trajectory races us past that marker to a devastating increase of 4 to 6 degrees by century's end.

That's why Eli Lehrer, the Heritage Foundation's former vice president until its aborted campaign comparing climate scientists to mass murderers, now advises Republicans to shape a plan to address global warming — including a carbon tax or lose young voters and elections. Conservatives such as Bob Inglis, George Schultz, Gregory Mankew, David Frum and Art Laffer agree.

Carbon should be taxed at the wellhead, mine, or U.S. port of entry and redistributed equally to all citizens. Using less carbon would increase your rebate's profit margin over the tax's cost. The government would only act as redistributor; no money would go to other programs, however worthy.

John L. Ward,

Gainesville

Drinking, driving hardly a mistake

In regard to the Sun's July 3 article “CFO at North Florida Regional faces DUI charge after celebration”: A commentator on this article complained that everyone makes mistakes and this shouldn't have been reported.

As someone who lost a loved one to a drunk driver I don't think driving drunk is a mere mistake. Furthermore, that this person, who is part of the administrative team of a major health care facility, has risked the lives of others in this way is extra shameful and in no way a mere mistake. One can only hope he uses better judgment when making decisions that affect others' health care when he is on the job.

Jim Nash, RN,

Hawthorne

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