Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17, 2013

Published: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.

Burden of uninsured

Local pizza magnate Fred Wehbe complained to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that the Affordable Care Act is an obstacle to growth of his franchise. Presumably he is “in a holding pattern” regarding opening new stores until he learns whether he will be required to offer health insurance to his 200 employees.

Conversely, there are many of us who cannot afford his products because of the burden put upon us by the uninsured.

Clayton Smith,


Salary deserved

In regards to your Aug. 12 article on the highest-paid University of Florida employees, I just want to state that Dr. Mark Bleiweis deserves the salary he receives.

He has saved countless lives — including my daughter's — works constantly and puts his patients first.

Thank you, Dr. Bleiweis, for dedicating your life to what you do.

Carol Stride,


Healthy snacks

Schoolchildren should receive free healthy snacks after they get out of school. Many times the parents or caregivers do not have their evening meal prepared until very late after they get home from work.

I believe this would solve some of the problems in the school systems and unruly children riding school buses.

Jane Greene,


Catchy slogans

Here are a few ideas for some catchy new city of Gainesville slogans:

“Gainesville: Portland dreams, Detroit realities!”

“Gainesville: What you smell is just old hippies and burning wood.”

“Gainesville: We hate cars, commerce, and conservatives — and it shows!”

Keith Shapiro,


Day job

After reading the Aug. 8 article about U.S Rep. Ted Yoho's recent comments about racist taxes and a birther investigation, I have a piece of advice for our local veterinarian turned politician: Ted, Keep your day job!

Georgia “Pete” Vickers,


Side effects

City and county commissioners should be required to provide a handout of the possible side effects of these meetings that masquerade as government for the people and by the people. What people?

Here are a few of the side effects I've experienced: light headedness, dizziness, stomach aches, dry mouth, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, loss of sleep, depression and the No. 1 side effect — loss of my money as a taxpayer in Alachua County!

Ralph Kubicsek Sr.,


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