Letters to the Editor for Oct. 22, 2013


Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.

Due diligence

Should Gainesville buy the biomass plant? A thousand times no, especially after watching Todd Chase say that if the commission members had done their due diligence five years ago, we wouldn't be having these (awkward) discussions.

Just who went to Austin, Texas, to check out the facility there? Costs? Noise? Dust? Talked to residents living nearby? Read financial statements? This is all boots- -on-the ground stuff.

My wife and I moved here in 2011. It's been one thing after another, and we don't even live within the city limits. We also voted against incorporation the last time around.

And while we're finally exploring some sort of diligence (better late than never?) regarding the biomass plant, perhaps someone needs to investigate Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Bob Hunzinger's role. Again, I guess. And now he's resigning?

Jeffrey Jones,

Gainesville

Losing the team

I believe it is time for Coach Will Muschamp to take a more active role in the play calling. I have lost all confidence in offensive coordinator Brent Pease's play calling.

The other concern, and a major one, is the players' frustration and their reaction to that frustration. There appears to be dissension brewing with infighting and finger pointing. That was seen on the sidelines during the game on Saturday by a national TV audience.

I fear the coaching staff is close to losing the team. Coach Muschamp, who I admire and respect, needs to take control of this team and show us why he is the head coach of one of the most respected college football programs in the country.

Whether our football team becomes bowl eligible or not, the team is at a critical crossroads. I love my Florida Gators and an alumnus. It just hurts to see this team so close to imploding.

Dennis C. Mosley,

Gainesville

Turn the channel

Todd Standland and Cindy Smith (letters, Oct. 16 and 19) are upset with coach Muschamp's coaching style. Being born and raised in Gainesville and a Gator football season ticket holder, all I can say is turn the channel. Please don't change, coach. Go Gators!

Jeff McLeod,

Gainesville

Brave moderates

A small group of renegade Republicans are holding the entire country, and to some extent the world, hostage while they pursue their own agenda. They don't believe in democracy, they don't understand how the world works and they have been willing to throw hundreds of thousands of people out of work, deprive children of food and medical care, leave disabled veterans penniless and endanger the world economy.

What to do? I would suggest that moderate Republicans change their party affiliation to Democrat, replace John Boehner with Nancy Pelosi, and work with the traditional Democrats to restore order and sanity to our government.

If these brave moderates want to go back to being Republicans once the threat has been removed, fine. In the meantime, they would be true heroes.

Arupa Freeman,

Gainesville

Tipping point

You have probably heard the axiom: "Obama is not the problem we need to worry about, it is the people who elected him." I worry how close we are to the tipping point where the truly low-information voters and the non-producers wrongfully taking entitlements can elect people to office.

Bill Watson,

Gainesville

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