Letters to the Editor for July 26, 2013
Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:36 p.m.
Over the past few weeks, there has been much ado made about Nathan Collier's offer to purchase land that has been set aside for conservation.
I do not understand why Collier has been so vilified because of his offer to purchase a piece of property. I do not understand anything improper, immoral, unethical and illegal on his part by making a bona fide offer. Someone please explain what he has done that warrants all the disdain.
The fact that he has purchased several other properties around his home is not to my knowledge a bad quality or character. There are others in the community who have purchased property around their own homes. Does this make them bad people? The fact that he, like many others, has erected privacy fencing is not a bad thing, just personal preference.
I say leave the man alone because he has not done anything wrong.
I was shocked to see the vicious attack on Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson (letter, July 17). Hutchinson is one of my favorite people for all he has done for conservation causes here in Gainesville.
What he did was compare how a change such as ending a war or legalizing marijuana can affect lives. End a war five days earlier and the last soldier may not have died, or legalize marijuana five days earlier and the last victim may have stayed out of prison. This is a comparison of the effects of change.
Nowhere does Hutchinson compare dying in service to being arrested for marijuana. To call him asinine, callous, disrespectful and sophomoric shows a real dislike of the man. Why do people have to look for things that aren't there to vent their prejudices? Why would Hutchinson have to apologize for giving examples of how change affects people's lives?
On the night of Feb. 26, 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Since then, 1,400 black youths have been murdered. They were not murdered by some racist, but by another black person
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton were quick to condemn the actions of Zimmerman but have not publicly denounced those blacks that killed the 1,400 black youths. The tragedy is that by Christmas of this year, 2,000 more black youths will become victims of black-on-black crime
Their mothers and fathers will grieve for them just as Trayvon Martin's parents do. While the parents mourn the loss of their loved ones, Jackson and Sharpton will do nothing to stop the slaughter of these black youths.
Prayer is covered
In response to demands from the Dream Defenders, Gov. Rick Scott declared last Sunday to be a day of prayer. I have a message for the governor: We've got prayer covered.
Gov. Scott, every day is a national day of prayer for mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles as they watch the young men of color they love walk out the door. There are prayers whenever a young man looks back over his shoulder.
All over this nation there will be prayer and song and words of inspiration, and Gov. Scott, there will even be prayers for you.
We will pray, yes. But our prayer will be listening to one another. Our prayer will be will be reaching out. Our prayer will be standing up and speaking out. And our prayer will not end until the dream is won.
Transfer of wealth
The Federal Reserve is stealing about $400 billion a year from savers by keeping interest rates artificially low. It's a transfer of wealth to the equity investment community and speculators. But the Fed also has a stake in this; every 1 percent increase in rates puts the government $150 billion more in debt per year.
It used to referee between savers and investors, but now quantitative easing props the economy. Using public debt to create private wealth for a few is wrong. Banks today enjoy record profits while savers will be cheated until no one wants our trillions in debt, then rates will explode.
Some day the bank holidays and riots and job loss and investment collapse will begin. Government could offer a new devalued currency, or hyper inflation might do its job. Either way, our exploding national debt stands to destroy the dollar. Don't think it can't happen. Prepare and protect your family.
Raymond D. Harris,
Immigration seems to be the popular topic of the day. Very little is talked about regarding the IRS scandal, the NSA, Benghazi and all the people who never got fired, including the attorney general.
The unaffordable health care bill's implementation was conveniently deferred until after the 2012 election and is now deferred until after 2014 elections. Does a politician delay a popular law?
Unfortunately we have no leadership in Washington and it shows how our influence has diminished throughout the world. We need to close the borders, reform the tax code and find out where the commander-in-chief was during the seven-hour siege in Benghazi.
Doesn't that bother anyone?