Letters to the Editor for Feb. 22, 2014
Published: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
In response to Mayor Ed Braddy's statement in which he claimed that Gainesville encourages the voting of college students (article, Feb. 12): I personally could not disagree more with his perspective.
I applaud the city for attempting to establish an early voting location on campus. It is a shame that our governor and his Division of Elections have denied the opportunity for UF students to use the convenience of voting early to participate in our democracy.
I find it distasteful that the mayor insulted a U.S. senator who has given most of his life to public service for the citizens of Florida. Braddy stated, “Bill Nelson was attempting to turn the serious issue of voting rights into cheap campaign fodder.”
If Braddy thinks voting rights are a serious issue, then maybe he should have pushed harder for an on-campus early voting location.
Catering to extremists
In reference to Bill Killen's Feb. 15 letter concerning the two ladies offended by editorial cartoonist Jack Fuller's lack of cultural sensitivity: It's not so much what Fuller had to say, but it happens so often that it's like he's enjoying catering to the right-wing extremist readers in Alachua County.
There's still subtle and in some cases blatant racism and discrimination. It's so appalling to witness it at a time when we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The poor and minorities continue to be punished in our society/community here in Alachua County because of the color of their skin, by the same people who are suppose to lead us into what should be a better life for citizens.
High electric rates
City Commissioner Thomas Hawkins says that Gainesville's high electric rates aren't a problem because Gainesvillians use less electricity than others (column, Feb. 9).
That's kind of like Kim Jong Un telling North Koreans that they should be grateful their obesity rate is low because there isn't enough food to go around.
Ron Cunningham's family must celebrate Christmas much earlier than the rest of us (column, Feb. 16). The Cuban crisis began on Oct. 16, 1962.
My husband was also in the Navy, stationed on the destroyer USS Bordelon out of Charleston, S.C. He was called in on a Sunday and didn't come home for about six weeks. It was three days before any of us knew what was going on, and it is still fresh in my mind.
Funny, isn't it, how our memories can deceive us? Good column, though, and I agree with him. It's time to normalize relations.