Letters to the Editor for Dec. 29, 2013


Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:44 p.m.

Wasteful bust

I was saddened to read in The Sun about some detectives who spent several weeks investigating and arresting a kindergarten teacher with her stash of pot in her home, if indeed it was even hers.

It seem that said teacher was a leader at her grade level, the president of the Parent Teacher Association and an excellent teacher. Her crime was so heinous that she bonded out for the huge sum of $1,000.

This is a perfect example of what is wrong with our society today. No, not the school teacher, but the detectives. Several weeks investigating this? Are they kidding? Could they not find any worthwhile criminals to pursue?

It seems that law enforcement has money to waste. There has to be a sane way to handle this sort of thing without trying to destroy someone's life. And I hope that the reporters who wrote up this scoop are proud of their work.

Paul Varnes,

Gainesville

Miserable road

Between the German invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, and the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945, the United States created the infrastructure to arm about 14 milion men and women in essentially two American armies, built two navies and created two air forces to fight what was two separate wars in Europe and the Pacific. In addition, America fed, fueled and armed to some degree virtually all allied armies at war with the Axis powers. All this in six years.

Now, how long has it taken the various transportation departments, commissions and politicians to rebuild, or just resurface, the four or five miles of the Northwest 16th/23rd corridor? At best, maintenance along that stretch has been mostly to take out holes and put in bumps. When, at long last, will work actually begin on that miserable stretch of road?

Howard S. Pactor,

Gainesville

Objective proposals

I appreciate the good work by David Flagg, Mitch Glaeser and all members of the task force assembled by our local Chamber of Commerce to study Gainesville Regional Utilities. Their recommendations appear to be objective, intelligent and necessary.

The responses by some members of the City Commission are disappointing, although not surprising. To suggest that those of us who reside beyond the Gainesville city limits should simply vote for annexation is at best dismissive; an implicit admission that they don't take these recommendations seriously.

Some of these problems could be solved by a consolidation of Gainesville and Alachua County government. Given that those prospects are slim to none (this just in — Slim died), a more achievable solution would be the successful entry of more enlightened City Commission candidates, such as Flagg and Glaeser. Either would have my unbridled support.

Sam Collins,

Gainesville

Access to care

Charles Krauthammer (column, Dec. 24), writes that the rollout of Affordable Care constitutes a “nightmare.” He evidently slept through the ongoing nightmare of 40 million Americans lacking access to health care.

If the birth of the act was a fraud as he contends, it happened while he napped. The act was debated and passed by Congress, upheld by the Supreme Court and endorsed by voters.

The four (not six) million Americans who've had insurance canceled held policies that were essentially worthless; a fact most only realized when they attempted to seek care.

Krauthammer laments that consumers may be channeled to different providers, unaware perhaps that insurance companies have been doing this for decades.

He frets the so-called financial burdens put on insurance companies, oblivious that the most common reason for personal bankruptcy is unaffordable medical bills.

Rip Van Winkle awoke after 20 years aslumber to a different world. Krauthammer snores blissfully on.

Greg McGann,

Gainesville

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