Letters to the Editor for Aug. 14, 2013

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:52 p.m.

Damaging policies

Kudos to The Sun for its Aug. 2 editorial, “Failing Grade.” Despite numerous warnings from influential educators, our legislators voted in damaging policies for our schools.

I personally traveled to Jacksonville and presented documentation to Sen. Stephen Wise, K-12 Senate Committee chair, and reported the fallacies of the educational Senate Bill 736. He agreed that the policies would not address the problems, but he voted in favor of the bill anyway.

I also met with Rep. Keith Perry. Early in my presentation, he excused himself to attend a luncheon, leaving me with his interns/assistants. They failed to understand the downfalls of the proposed policies that were eventually voted into law.

We are just not beginning to see the repercussions of those policies, which explain why state officials are changing the rules midstream. Just wait until the Common Core Standards are fully implemented, which will open another can of worms.

Lisa Hamilton,


Parking shades

To add to Adam Garcia's comments regarding tree planting in parking areas (letter, Aug. 8), I would like to share an idea that I recently saw along the Italian roadways. Italians are using solar panels as parking shades along their highways and supply their rest stops with the power generated.

I can't say that the Italians have any more sunshine than we do in Florida and would like to think that we can be just as concerned about our own use of electricity.

So how about this? We could cover areas like The Oaks Mall parking area or O'Connell Center parking with solar-covered panels to provide shade for commuters and save the green spaces, like the ones proposed around Paynes Prairie.

As for planting more trees, that is always a good idea. The use of both plans would take care of many of the ecological problems we will continue to face.

Marihelen Wheeler,


Encouraging words

I was disheartened to hear of Andre Debose's season-ending torn ACL. He must have been distraught, since he has a history of injuries, and was doing very well in camp. I experienced a torn ACL with my older son. Rehab is hard work and no fun.

I heard coach Will Muschamp on TV, but reading his words (article, Aug. 8) brought the matter home to me. The coach said, “I know that Andre is disappointed ... It is unfortunate and you feel bad any time that someone is injured.” I'd say that Debose is most likely devastated. The coach's “man down, man step up” mode comes across as having little empathy or sympathy for his players when personal disaster hits them.

Coach Muschamp indicated that everyone would be very supportive in assisting Andre during his recovery. Support should start by voicing fully sympathetic and encouraging words.

Jeanne G. Davis,


Tough questions

Our president has been faced with a lot of tough questions lately involving Benghazi, Operation Fast & Furious, NSA and IRS, but I have an easy question.

Who made the call on what to term the Fort Hood massacre: workplace violence or terrorist attack? Don't tell me it came from the Department of Justice, Pentagon or State Department — I want a name. With that, perhaps we can get an answer to how calling it a terrorist attack would jeopardize the trial of Nidal Malik Hasan.

Thinking that this man has been drawing full pay while the victims are getting no support should give U.S. taxpayers cause to reconsider their choices the next time they go to the polls.

Red Scholefield,


The real GOP

The GOP continues to cut its own throat by trying to bad-mouth Democrats.

It is time for them to realize that Bush gave a $4 billion bonus to record-profit oil companies while one in six people went hungry. The voters have finally realized the real GOP. If they continue their propaganda, once again the Democrats will win by a landslide.

I am proud that I have never voted GOP for 60 years.

George Snowden,


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