Letters to the Editor for Oct. 18, 2013


Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9:55 p.m.

More impact

Having just changed party affiliation on my voter's registration, I look forward to the coming elections because my vote will now have more impact on actual outcomes.

I have voted for over 45 years and changed my party affiliations several times. My reasons for changing parties are based on the candidates, not the party. The candidates I plan to support or replace have an immediate role in making our country better or worse. By changing parties, I hope that in some small way I am able to participate in change that supports intelligent representatives who support the real needs of our country.

I encourage everyone to consider who they support and decide which party will allow you to do the most with your vote.

It's easy to do online at www.VoteAlachua.com or call 374-5252. You can do it all from the comfort of your home.

Doug Prentiss Sr.,

Alachua

Complete picture

The “air inspections” for noise from the new power plant will not give a complete picture. I live 3 miles from the cement plant in Newberry and we “hear” the noise from it 24/7 unless it is down for maintenance.

What we “hear” are the vibrations through the earth from the plant and its support machinery. We also “hear” the train and dynamiting at the rock quarries.

I think that the vibrations from the power plant are part of the noise that people nearby “hear” in their homes. A ground test should show this. The volume may depend on the water table level and soil geology.

Arthur Maltby,

Alachua

Less gambling

Guess who said the following, and whether he should be, in fact, a gambling expert: “Any state trying to follow Nevada's lead, will find out that the social costs will far outweigh any economic benefit.”

This was a quote in U. S. News & World Report by Harry Reid, then the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Commission. We need less gambling, not more; less “get rich quick” schemes that prey on the poor, and not more!

Terry Walters,

Gainesville

Troublesome member

In recent days we've had some outstanding commentary regarding Congressman Yoho. I agree with The Sun and former Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut that his behavior is shocking and counter productive. However, I'd like to draw your attention to another troublesome member of the House and that is Corrine Brown, representative for the 5th District.

On several occasions I have contacted her office by email and left recorded messages at her district office concerning vital issues that were taking place in her district. I have never received a reply from Corrine Brown.

Several residents of the Stephen Foster neighborhood contacted her about Koppers and received no reply. To the best of my knowledge, since 2007, she has seldom visited this part of her district. Her contact with constituents appears to be primarily through Facebook or the occasional e-newsletter.

Rep. Brown should get a wake-up call at the next election. Voting her out of office would be the right thing to do.

James C. Miller Sr.,

Gainesville

Propaganda effort

Dean Tate (letter, Oct. 10) states “Not one Republican voted in favor of Obamacare, making it very partisan.” Republicans want you to think that's because it was a bad bill. The truth is they stated on the day Obama was first elected that they intended to oppose every proposal of the president.

Tate also says, “The people in poll after poll still do not want this law.” He fails to point out that one-third of those who are unhappy with the law think it's too weak. Polls also show that many people who oppose Obamacare like the Affordable Care Act — showing the effectiveness of the Republican propaganda effort to demonize the president's name.

Tate wrote, “The people made a change in the House in 2010 because they didn't want Obamacare.” He's forgotten the people also made a change in the House in 2012, reducing the number of Republicans — and retaining the namesake of Obamacare, President Obama.

John H. Burgess,

Gainesville

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