Make up difference

I see the governor and the state Legislature have cut grants that go to the Hippodrome State Theater and other arts and cultural organization. The state is in good financial shape and the economy is doing well, yet these programs that are so important to state and local economies have been cut.

I propose a solution. Why doesn't the University Athletic Association and the University of Florida Foundation make up the difference?

The university has a vested interest in making Gainesville a city that will attract the very best students and faculty. And, in recent years, there has been much ado made about how much the university wants to be a partner to make our city one the befits a top 10 university. Here is an opportunity to do just that.

James Archer Jr., Gainesville

 

Unaffordable county

I sat and listened for over five hours as almost 40 citizens explained why they are opposed to a rain tax. Only two of them stood in support. We learned that it is going to create four new county government jobs.

This tax is discriminatory, because it only affects those that live in unincorporated Alachua County. The only commissioner that spoke against this tax was Commissioner Charles Chestnut. He was the only one that showed concern about the little guy.

We are already one of the most unaffordable counties with some of the highest property taxes in the state. Now we have the rain tax and soon there will be the fire assessment.

This will added to your property tax bill so they can put a tax certificate against your property if you don't pay. The only option is to vote them out or move out of the county.

Cecil Howard, Newberry

 

Strengthen gun laws

I read with interest the editorial published June 13, and once again the point is made that although terrorism is always a fear, the accessibility of guns and the prevalence of mental health issues has caused more American homicides and suicides than terrorism.

I don't want to take guns away, but I think the availability of guns needs to be stricter. Doctors have an obligation to ask if there are guns in the house, and advise how to protect the young and vulnerable in the home from getting to the guns. Don't assume that most adults know gun safety. Also, before the purchase of a firearm, the person should have taken a certified gun safety program.

Now that our state has redesigned the “stand your ground” law, more people will find it easier to shoot before calling police or talking things out. Too many lives have been lost.

Marcia Storch, Gainesville

 

Checks in place

Again a tragedy strikes and people are calling for more gun control. Recently several people were run down with an automobile in New York and several people were killed with knives in another incident. History has proven that if someone is intent on killing people and is not afraid to die, most likely they will succeed.

There are already background checks in place and all indications are that the shooter of the congressman and capitol police officers purchased the firearms legally. If the armed cofficers were not there, many more people would have been shot.

Robert Monica, Bell

 

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