Letters to the Editor for March 10, 2014

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:27 p.m.

Fundamental principle

Many thanks for exposing HB 703 to your readers as yet another attempt by Tallahassee to pre-empt local controls that protect water resources, wetlands and springs from all kinds of pollution and water demands (editorial, Feb. 28).

It is rather curious that the date of July 1, 2003, was selected as the line in the sand in the bill — if you don't have controls in place by then, you are prevented from having any. There must be some special interest involved.

It's time for all local governments to say enough is enough, and that special interests can't run to Tallahassee to get something from the Legislature that they can't get from local government. A fundamental principle is at stake here. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Charles Pattison,


1,000 Friends of Florida

Combating obesity

We would like to recognize and appreciate Dr. Norman Levy (president of the Alachua County Medical Society) and Roslyn Levy (president of the Alachua County Medical Alliance) for their fine program: The Weekly Wellness Walk at the track of Santa Fe College, a plan to combat obesity in Alachua County.

We also give thanks to Santa Fe College for the use of its fine track and parking facilities and to the leaders and sponsors who led the walks each week and also provided pedometers and bottled water. Thanks to the cheerleading teams who gave us the spirit!

There is one more on Saturday, March 15. Come and join us!

Barbara Kirby and Ronald Jones,


Green city

As they change the zoning in Gainesville, if they really want to line the streets with three-story buildings against the sidewalk and remove the trees and green spaces, then at least require the buildings to be sustainable.

Require solar panels on the roofs. Require the builder to have a source of water. Require the builder to process all the waste. I seriously doubt 50-year-old sewer lines are ready for new development. So who will pay for the upgrades?

For years Gainesville has been know as a green city, with trees, shade, lakes, sinkholes and creeks. Why have we suddenly changed to wanting it to look like a large city that has raped the land?

Why destroy the single-family housing and attempt to cover the streets with apartments and businesses in an area that doesn't have parking to support the businesses?

Jim McFarlane,


Positive change

I am the parent of an eighth grader at Hoggetowne Middle School. I wanted to tell about all the great things that this school has done for my daughter and her education.

When she started there, she was a quiet and shy girl. Now she is a very confident and friendly young lady. She even gets up in front of a crowd of people and sings.

The Hoggetowne Middle School administration will always listen with a caring ear and work with you to work out any situations that arise. The teachers are always available for extra help and have the student's education always as top priority. I believe that all the employees there have nothing on their minds except for the success of the students

This school, the students, the teachers and the administration have truly impacted my daughter's life. It has changed her attitude, her self-esteem, and her confidence in who she can become.

Shelia Miller,


Carbon-free energy

In response to George Edwards' March 5 letter, crystalline solar panels do not “incur a massive carbon debt” nor do they “need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years.”

The carbon-free energy they produce in the first two years offsets the carbon produced during their manufacture. So for the remaining 23 years of their warranted life, they are indeed producing carbon free energy.

As to their longevity, solar panels made 40 years ago are still producing today and at 80 percent of their rating. However, a New York Times article showed that there has been a recent increase in defects from (mostly) Chinese manufacturers who have cut corners. So if you choose the cheapest panel you increase your odds of problems. Sally Hayes' Feb. 25 letter mentioned a 3 percent annual degradation of the energy output of the solar cells. People who invest their money in solar use a metric of 0.75 to 1 percent per year.

Kurt Johnsen,


A little advice

To the sales clerk at the convenience store I recently did business with: I understand my appearance wasn't so professional. I have been gardening and working in the yard all day. I also understand, you don't make very much money working at a convenience store and I want to apologize for having inconvenienced you with my small amount of business

I do want to pass a little advice to you: The next person standing in front of you may be looking for someone to fill a position in their business and your actions may be your next interview. The way I see it, if someone is willing to work hard for little pay, imagine how they would work for double what they are currently making, so please do you best.

Just to let you know, I'm still looking for someone.

Terry Martin-Back,


Springs forum tonight

The Gainesville Sun is holding a forum on the condition of our region's natural springs and other issues involving water quality and quantity in our state.

The Fragile Springs forum will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. in Gainesville.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.gainesville.com/springsforum.

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