Atlantic developers want to tear down St. Michael's Church in northwest Gainesville for another strip mall.
St. Michael's evolved when a group of Gainesville Episcopalians sought to establish a racially integrated congregation. In 1958 Betty and Edwin Price sold this land to the Diocese for a symbolic $10 for this express purpose. The building, known for its fine acoustics, was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and has been called an architectural and spiritual treasure.
Local congregations are interested in buying the property and are prepared to be good stewards of the church and the adjacent conservation area. The Diocese has turned down their offers, hoping to make more money selling to commercial interests that will raze the church, its history and the spirit in which the land was donated in the first place.
What we have bulldozed and paved over we have lost forever.
Jeanne Repetto and Ardagh Futterknecht, Gainesville
I am incredulous that the Constitutional Revision Commission is considering proposing amendments to the Florida Constitution that cover more than one subject. Such a practice is not permitted when citizens gather hundreds of thousands of signatures to get amendments onto a ballot.
Service on the unique CRC should exhibit the highest standards of civic service to the state. Combining proposals would be playing politics with the Florida Constitution! Allow each issue to be voted on based on its own merit.
Jerry Kidder, Gainesville
Nation of laws
I share the outrage of the writer of an April 9 letter that city officials would instruct the Gainesville Police Department not to report to federal authorities the discovery of eight suspected illegal immigrants found crowded in an apartment, presided over by an alleged woman abuser.
The law is clear that the federal government, not the Gainesville City Commission, has responsibility for enforcing our immigration laws. Gainesville should not thwart our government in the discharge of duties given it by Congress and the Constitution. To do otherwise is to put us all on the slippery slope of defying the law. We are a nation of laws, not of locally elected politicians doing what they please
I am disappointed that our governor, attorney general, state attorney and police union have done nothing yet to curb the arrogance of the commission. If this is Gainesville’s idea of being a welcoming city, I want no part of it.
Layton Mank, Gainesville
Aspects of fascism
Fascism, according to Dinesh D’Souza, a recent speaker at UF, is economically state-controlled capitalism. Unfortunately, he distorts that definition by leaving out other aspects.
According to Wikipedia it is “a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce.” Why is D’Souza reluctant to acknowledge those non-commercial aspects of fascism?
The value of the individual versus the value of the group is a delicate balance. Libertarians and conservatives want more for themselves and less for others, especially others less fortunate. (Lefties are willing to give up individual rights and to shift the continuum to the other end.)
Our human social chain is as strong as our weakest link. That is why too much emphasis on the rights of the individual will damage the entire chain.
Charna Cohn, Gainesville
Here we go again! The criminal imperialists are bombing for regime change. They know no legal boundaries beyond their brutal aggression.
We live in a sad world of corporate greed based on a warmongering machine run by despicable killers. Every peace-loving person should be protesting in the streets.
Bob Tomashevsky, Archer
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