Letters to the Editor for Aug. 24, 2013
Published: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.
Part of the problems
Is it just me, or does Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Bob Hunzinger appear to be more a part of the problems, especially regarding the arbitration between the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center and Gainesville, than he does to be part of the solution?
Just who is he looking out for?
Keith Shapiro's Aug. 17 letter was just negative and ugly. Gainesville is friendly, vibrant and trying hard to stay green. I think he may be locked in 1967 somewhere — "smelly hippies," really?
The progressive older citizens and the new young residents mean environmental activism, Innovation Square, world-class research and health care, and interesting restaurants, art, music and entertainment. Come out of your hole and bicycle around, Keith, and you will find really nice people, businesses and beauty.
If the Alachua County commissioners earn approximately $70,000 dollars per year, they are grossly overpaid (they probably have other full-time jobs also) and should immediately give the county employees who do all the work the raises they certainly deserve!
The commissioners have no sense to argue with the Chamber of Commerce business persons, who contribute a tremendous amount of money to the overpaid Alachua County commissioners. Where do they think the money they are paid comes from — heaven or trees?
I want to thank the editorial page editor for including Carl Hiaasen, who happens to be a University of Florida alum, on the op-ed page regularly. He is a national treasure, and we are fortunate to have someone of his intelligence and stature in the state of Florida. It is a pleasure to read something of that caliber among the usual uninteresting editorials left to read.
Anna Calluori Holcombe,
The Gainesville City Commission is a disgrace and an embarrassment to Gainesville. After watching the commission meeting of Aug. 15, it becomes crystal clear as to why Gainesville has the problems it does. What an embarrassment.