Letters to the Editor for July 12, 2013


Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.

Class distractions

I read with interest the article in The Gainesville Sun regarding school tardiness and the practice of checking students out early. As a teacher, this has caused quite a deal of frustration over the years.

When a child walks in tardy, I stop the class to greet the student, collect papers brought from home, and wait while the backpack, lunch and other materials are placed where they need to go. Then the child is brought up to speed on what the class is working on.

Then there are students who are checked out of class early. Once again, I stop the class, help the student retrieve papers that need to go home, gather up the backpack, lunch box, and send two students to walk the child to the office.

Students who are tardy and those who are checked out early lose out on academic instruction and take away time from other students.

Jane Crawford,

Gainesville

A scary ruling

A recent article in The Sun summarized recent Supreme Court activity. It omitted one of the court's more onerous decisions, a ruling that prosecutors could use a person's silence against them in court if it comes before he's told of his right to remain silent.

The court ruled that in a non-custodial interview, prosecutors can use your silence as evidence of guilt, even though citizens are allowed to refuse to speak with police. Does this mean that invoking the 5th Amendment to avoid self-incrimination is incriminating? Watch out IRS employees!

It gets even better. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA have agreed to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters and provide security at mass events, such as the Super Bowl. The use of foreign troops on our soil, or even U.S. Army troops for that matter, in a law-enforcement capacity, is a violation of Posse Comitatus.

Glen Saucier,

Branford

Dependency Nation

Bill Maxwell (July 2, Sun) wrote of the plight of the Navajo Nation near Flagstaff and was surprised most of the crimes are committed by Navajos who make up only 10 percent of the population. He could have easily been writing about blacks, Chinese, Hispanics, a rundown trailer park, or any other group that has been singled-out and herded together.

There are no fences around the Navajo Nation. One can walk out at any time, but why leave even a ramshackle domicile when someone else will pay your rent, food, insurance, even your Obamaphone?

The Navajo Nation is a well-known example of government's perhaps, well-intentioned hand-outs becoming a soul-sapping cancer that continues to fester and procreate until it destroys the very essence of a society. It is a microcosm of what is wrong in many neighborhoods all over America today.

Ben Butler,

Alachua

Freedom farce

Bottle rockets, cold beer and hot dogs on Independence Day are a great way to perpetuate the illusion of freedom. If we are so free, why all the secrecy, the classified documents, NSA snooping or the unprecedented attack on all whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden? What don't our leaders want us to know?

If our president was genuine he would have visited Brad Manning's cell in solitary before paying homage to the prison that held another freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.

If the U.S. had the least bit of integrity it would free Manning and extradite George W. Bush to face trials abroad for the war crimes these leakers merely described.

If you like paying for endless wars and corporate welfare or like the state of our environment and climate or still believe in the American dream as seen on TV, this Bud is for you.

Randall Lance,

Wellborn

The Sun shows its anti-Obama bias

It's sad, but never surprising, that Sun editors seem to do what they can to undermine the Obama presidency.

On July 4th (of all days), your lead story dealt with the decision by the Obama administration to delay enforcement of the employer mandate. This should be considered a small change in the implementation of the president's health care plan, but it was hardly something so very momentous as to warrant top billing.

Just the day before, the president of Egypt was overthrown by that country's military, an event that was certainly the biggest, most important story of the day. But a story about an important, fast-changing event doesn't get top billing in this paper. It's not considered nearly as important as a minor rules change in a large, complicated program.

It would be nice if you could try to put your clearly anti-Obama biases aside and report the news fairly.

Tom Bennington,

Archer

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