Letters to the Editor for Oct. 25, 2013
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:36 p.m.
Edge of catastrophe
A little over one year ago, incumbent U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns was challenged in the Republican primary election. The vote was split among four candidates: James Jett, who got 13.5 percent of the vote; Steve Oelrich, who got 19 percent; Stearns, who got 33 percent; and the current incumbent Ted Yoho, who got 34.4 percent.
Considering that this result unseated a long-sitting incumbent and the fact that two out of every three Republicans voting in that primary voted for someone other than Ted Yoho, doesn't this suggest a way for the GOP to oust this darling of the tea party?
The 3rd Congressional District is weighted in favor of the Republican Party, so this would not cost the Republicans a seat in the House, but it would help them fight back against the minority group that has taken our country and the party to the edge of catastrophe.
Need to know
Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Bob Hunzinger is resigning. It seems too convenient, now that the biomass plant is coming online. Ever since he came to GRU, his decisions concerning the biomass plant seem to favor the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, not Gainesville or GRU.
He approved a rate increase favorable to GREC. He ignored legal advice. He charged GRU customers fuel charges to limit rate increases when the plant came online.
From the beginning, nothing he has done, concerning the biomass plant, favors GRU or the citizens of Gainesville. Before he leaves town and disappears, there needs to be an investigation.
Causes of disease
The problem with the Affordable Care Act — besides being pure corporate welfare for bloated insurers, drug makers and hospitals — is that it ignores the causes of disease and many inexpensive therapies. Since most of the enormous bill is due to chronic disease like cancer, heart, arthritis and diabetes, we should first look to our chemically grown, grain-based food supply, the toxic soup of industrial chemicals/metals we live in and the psychological stresses of income inequality within the feel-good illusion of an American dream.
We know corporate influence rules our political system, but few recognize the involvement of universities in perpetuating the pillage of the public's health, wealth and our common environment. Higher education has become the incubator not of innovation to benefit all, but to graduate corporate soldiers to fight for the opulence enjoyed by the 1 percent.
On a recent Saturday, I had the unfortunate experience of being on 39th Avenue when a group of 15 to 20 bicyclists turned west on the street. They filled the entire turn lane with their bikes.
When the light turned yellow, they proceeded through with most of the bicyclists running the red light. If they had all been in the intersection prior to the light change this would have been legal, but unfortunately none of the bikes were. On 51st Street, at least six bicyclists were not in the designated bike lane.
Yes, I know that motorists are guilty of running yellow and red lights as well as infringing on the designated bike lanes. However, if I am caught doing so I will get a ticket, whereas bicyclists rarely get ticketed.
We are correctly told to share the road with bicyclists, but bicyclists need to also share the road with motorists.
Beyond our means
During President Obama's time in office, his liberal and progressive spending policies have exploded our national debt to more than $53,000 per U.S. citizen Incredibly, our national debt now exceeds the gross national product of the United States.
This means that if we sold all the good and services our country generates in an entire year, it would still not be enough to pay off our debt. Could this mean a good part of America will be owned by foreign governments in an effort to become solvent?
Meanwhile, we still continue to spend beyond our means and still let our debt increase unabated. Are we near that tipping point where we become like the bankrupt city of Detroit or the debt strangled country of Greece?
Regrettably, our children and grandchildren will find out.
The ten best-educated states voted for President Obama in 2012, according to statistics from Foxbusiness.com and the U.S. Census bureau.
What else can I say? Oh yes, nine of the 10 least-educated states voted for Mitt Romney. GOP propaganda assures us that the Democrats will win by a larger amount next election.