Letters to the Editor for Aug. 12, 2013


Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 12:18 a.m.

Life lessons

This summer, my 9-year-old grandson attended Dan Cross' All Fundamentals basketball camp. Dan Cross was a great point guard at Florida. He is an even better man, role model and a credit to our great university.

He and fellow coaches taught my grandson basketball and taught him and fellow campers how to respect themselves and others. He taught character, the importance of being thankful and how to show others you respect them.

The life lessons he taught will still be in the children's minds long after basketball is gone.

Thank you, Coach Cross and your fellow coaches for teaching the campers about life and basketball. You are a credit to the University of Florida.

Carol Marden,

Reddick

Better exercise

Looking at the picture of the bodies bent over stationary bicycles in the spinning class, I wondered if people are aware of some of the pitfalls of this exercise.

Cyclists who have to push their bicycles through space have some of the lowest bone density of all athletes. Spinning wheels in space would give even less force on the bones.

The hunched-over posture of cyclists adds to the problem. The back is flexed (rounded) and most of the motion exerted in the legs is a flexion pattern. Full extension of the knee or hip is seldom attained.

What is the problem here? The internal organs are compressed and flexion-type movements are known to cause postural problems and increased risk of spinal fractures in people with osteoporosis.

With over 55 percent of people over age of 50 estimated to have low bone mass, better exercise needs consideration.

Sara Meeks,

Gainesville

Have fairness

Let's have fairness. If Riley Cooper, ex-Gator and Philadelphia Eagle, can be required to attend sensitivity training for a racial slur, why can't our government send U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel to the same training sessions for calling the tea partyers a bunch of "white crackers?"

Jon Mendenhall,

Newberry

Substantially higher

Larry Santucci's price quote (letter, Aug. 4) for purchasing unleaded gas in Calgary of $1.06 per gallon is completely incorrect. The cheapest price in Calgary is $1.09 Canadian per liter. A gallon U.S. is 3.785 liters and the Canadian dollar is worth $0.96 U.S., so that gives the cheapest Calgary price per gallon of regular at $3.96 U.S. That is substantially higher than the price we pay here in Gainesville. Moreover, U.S. gas prices are at most half the price most western Europeans pay.

Jon Shuster,

Gainesville

Lower taxes

It is a good thing that property taxes in Columbia County have not increased since 2008. Does this trend somehow indicate that now is the time to start raising property taxes again? I think not. The property appraiser should continue this trend and if any change is necessary, property taxes should be reduced. We the people continue to struggle with higher costs for food, transportation and medical treatment. These things we have little to no control over. So what is needed now is a continuance of lower property assessments and "no new taxes."

Steve Beck,

Fort White

Private matter

The Texas Legislature has made it much more difficult to obtain an abortion in that state. This is sadistic and a bad law. The affluent will leave the state, while the poor will be left with illegal and risky abortions.

We have come a long way from the time wives passively accepted becoming pregnant every year. After 10 years and 10 pregnancies, they were old, tired women. No more.

Unwanted pregnancies are always problematic, sometimes critical. One woman called it a "ticking bomb."

The decision to abort is painful but may be the least bad solution. This is a very private matter and the government should stay out.

Samuel I. Greenberg,

Gainesville

Second chance

Our forefathers founded this country on faith and belief in God and the Bible, God's written word. Our capital, Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress have some of the world's most incredible sculptures, paintings and murals that trace our heritage, including one original copy of the Gutenberg Bible.

What has gone wrong? We no longer have faith in God's written word. The signs of the time have been prophesied in the Bible. Are our new laws regarding same-sex marriage and marriage in accordance with God's laws? Nations that rebel against his laws will be destroyed as others in the past have been. If you do not believe God's word, are you ready to stand before him on judgment day to be judged for your lifestyle and beliefs?

We are near the midnight hour, and if you fail to stand by his word, this is the second chance and may God have mercy on your soul.

Margaret Keith,

Chiefland

Blaming the victim

Let's review: we destroy the culture of an entire group of people; we decimate their population through murder, starvation and smallpox; we racially profile them; we take away their land, their ability to feed and fend for themselves; we unilaterally break every treaty signed with them; we herd them into patches of desolate wasteland — and then blame them (letter, July 12) for being victims?

Only an un-compassionate, ahistorical wealthy capitalist would deride a humanistic approach to helping his fellow man. I wonder what the Native American thinks about immigration control?

Wm. Scott Billings,

Alachua

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