Letters to the Editor for July 24, 2013


Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.

Priceless trees

About those trees to be used in Gainesville’s power plant — the predictions of concern about where these trees would come from just arrived at my doorstep. Two locals wearing bib overalls recently pulled into my ancient live oak hammock, with trees core sampled at 450 or more years old and untouched for my 36 years here.

They inquired if I would be interested in selling my timber for use in the plant. It seems that other available areas are too wet currently for cutting. The hammock is high and drier, I was told.

This is exactly why many of us were initially concerned about where all this wood would be coming from. Excess from timber cutting in appropriate areas, or a free-for-all coming from areas that are priceless heritage trees but conveniently available?

Now what do we do, fellow environmentalists and tree huggers? This area is 50 miles from Gainesville and near the great Suwannee River. Dear God, give me strength!

Joanne Griffin,

Old Town

Connection card

Concerning Marc Dunn, son of the UF Police Department’s deputy chief: Well young man, I have to hand it to you. When the blue lights showed up, you were able to use the connection card.

I really don’t blame you. I wish my son could have done the same. He celebrated a friend’s 21st birthday a few years back and also saw the blue lights. He did not get the same treatment you did.

Our family dealt with it, and he has moved on. But Marc, after reading about your preferred treatment (Sun, July 19), I hope you fully recognize what you avoided merely by using that connection card — being handcuffed, a ride in a patrol car, sitting in a cell for a minimum of seven hours, spending thousands of dollars on attorney’s fees, fines and DUI school, plus losing your license for a year.

Yes, I certainly hope you recognize that. I do.

Kathy Niederloh,

Gainesville

Flawed system

Regardless of one’s opinion concerning the verdict of the George Zimmerman case, most Americans would agree our legal system is seriously flawed. There is little consistently and our leaders are able to choose which laws to enforce.

We have immigration laws that are ignored and provisions of the Affordable Care Act waived until after the midterm elections. We have a Justice Department on a witch hunt, domestic spying with the NSA and IRS officials claiming the fifth with impunity for targeting conservative groups.

Is it any wonder that so many are disenchanted with a system irreparably flawed? I agree wholeheartedly with the black community that witnesses the wrath of the law brought upon the poor and powerless, while white-collar criminals proceed with little or no consequences

Let us use this unfortunate tragedy as a springboard for true reform, unite as a nation, demand accountability and peacefully dismantle the mechanisms of government that threaten to enslave us all.

Dan Taylor,

Bell

Race card

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters and Congressional Black Caucus members with hoodies and red straw hats play the race card with vehemence every time they think they can denigrate white people. But they ignore and even cover up the hundreds of black youths killed in Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia by other blacks because they do not want any aspersions cast on the black community.

What hypocrites. Of course, they will never apologize or show contrition for the furor and expense of their folly. They need to read the fable of the boy who cried wolf.

J.D. Henderson,

Gainesville

Invasive data

As the lofty arguments rage over National Security Agency and government data gathering, we’re losing sight of the damage commercial data gathering inflicts in our daily lives.

The most invasive data gathered on a large segment of Americans is the content of our urine in order to get a job. The other is the data gathered is every time we miss paying a bill, known commonly as our credit ratings.

Does anyone really know how credit ratings work? You can be denied employment and pay more for car insurance from this data.

We are required to live by the rules set up by commercial interests, yet where are these rules posted?

Richard Holmes,

Gainesville

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