Letters to the Editor for April 16, 2014

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.

Beneficial groups

I am a member of Friends of Dudley Farm, a citizen support organization (CSO). Currently there are 84 state park and trail CSOs that contribute $2.5 million in services for park visitors. During the recent economic downturn, CSOs provided critical funds. This public-private partnership has worked well for many years.

Currently there are bills moving through the Legislature, SB 1194 and HB 1153, which could be devastating to all CSOs. These bills would dissolve all state park CSOs in 2019 and every five years thereafter if the Legislature does not vote to reinstate them prior to that date.

Friends of Dudley Farm has recently done work that included building a new syrup-making complex, overhauling an antique tractor and feeding and caring for animals. It would have been impossible for the park to do these projects on its own. You have to wonder why our Legislature would want to get rid of such beneficial organizations.

Irma Riley,


Work together

The City Commission election is over. The trumpets and the drums have departed. So now we come to the question: Quo vadis? What path to take?

For all of us who love Gainesville, we need to move on to action that will help to steer Gainesville into a future that enhances our neighborhoods, the public's health, economic well-being and environmental protection.

Both the Annie Orlando and Helen Warren campaigns (in alphabetical order) declared their support for these goals. Let us all, therefore, work together to carry out these aims along with the mayor, commissioners and citizens.

Easy? Maybe not. Hard work? Yes. Worthwhile? Absolutely!

Francine Robinson,


Glass houses

I just read Rod Gonzales' April 13 letter where he criticizes Jake Rush, challenger to U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho.

In that criticism, Gonzales misses one very important fact. Yoho's campaign manager, Kat Cammack, said the following in a Sept. 17, 2012, interview in Campaigns and Elections magazine:

"When I was interviewing with my candidate and preparing to move from Denver to Florida, my Facebook page almost sunk me. There was no partying or drinking on my page. But somehow, my candidate's wife thought I had been a stripper in college (I had just graduated). Within 15 minutes of getting a concerned call from Ted, I had my Facebook page clean as a whistle."

We live in a world where nothing is private and apparently everything is fair game. The old saying "don't throw rocks if you live in a glass house" is excellent advice for politicians.

Remzey L. Samarrai,

Campaign manager,

Jake Rush for Congress

Brighter future

The Alliance for Appalachia applauds the Gainesville City Commission's willingness to consider the resolution that Gainesville Regional Utilities discontinue its use of coal purchased from the central Appalachian region, obtained by the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining.

The Alliance for Appalachia is comprised of 15 groups working together to influence policymakers to protect our communities from the detrimental impacts caused by mountaintop removal mining, including polluted water and air and many serious health impacts. Our goal is to promote a healthy, sustainable and diverse economy for our region.

If GRU stops purchasing coal obtained by the practice of mountaintop removal mining, you will be helping Appalachian communities achieve a cleaner, brighter future. Our citizens have the vision for a path forward. A decision by the commission to find energy sources other than coal from mountaintop removal coal will be a monumental step in brightening central Appalachia.

Patrick Morales,

Donna Branham,

Jane Branham,

Alice Howell and Ada Smith,

The Alliance for Appalachia

Breaking the law

In response to the April 2 letter, "Ruptured families" — I realize most of those coming and staying in the USA are doing so to better themselves and their families. However, they must also realize the risks they take. They, and only they, are responsible for the breakup of the family they decided to bring with them and/or to have while in the U.S.

The U.S. has laws and these laws are for everyone. These illegals are criminals in the eyes of the laws. If the U.S. doesn't take the necessary actions to deport these criminals, then Congress needs to void the current immigration laws that they have broken. You can't have it both ways!

Wouldn't this deportation problem be "solved" if those here illegally returned home with their families? The families would be together and no one would be in jail in a foreign country.

Tom Burnett,

Live Oak

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