Debt of gratitude

There is a saying that Gainesville is the place "where nature and culture meet." Culture includes the Harn Museum, the Phillips Center, the Hippodrome Theatre, the Museum of Natural History, local dance groups and many small art galleries and playhouses around town.

For nature we can think about Paynes Prairie, the Alachua Sink, Hogtown Creek and Lake Alice. We can also be thankful to William Bartram, a biologist who in the 18th century came to visit the southeastern U.S. Florida was one of the states. He discovered many interesting plants, such as the Franklin tree.

It is presently growing in the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens due to the diligent efforts of Don Goodman, the gardens' former president. We owe a great debt to Don and his family for years of service in yearly community events. The family has overcome some severe tests but has continued to enthusiastically serve the community.

Larry Schwandes, Gainesville

 

Women on the run

One of the striking characteristics of our local election is the prominence of women running for office, some for the first time. The same is true on the state and national level where unprecedented numbers of women have become active in politics this year.

What is the significance of this trend and what will be its long-term impact? This important issue will be addressed at the annual Friends of Susan B. Anthony luncheon held to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.

This year, the luncheon will be on Saturday, Aug. 25. To learn more information, please go to www.fosba.com.

Barbara Oberlander, Gainesville

 

Endorsed by many

I wholeheartedly endorse Gloria Walker for the position of Circuit Judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, a position I held for a number of years before retirement. She has been endorsed by many lawyers throughout our circuit that I admire and respect. Ask your own lawyer.

Nath C. Doughtie, Gainesville

 

Climate crisis

No subject is more important than the world’s changing climate. Donald Trump’s only credentials are as a businessman, and a failed businessman at that. Yet he controls the debate, on Twitter no less. He is not a scientist, yet claims to be an “expert” on the environment and is being allowed to frame the debate by altering the language used on the issue.

A quick view of Bill McKibben’s three-minute video (http://bit.ly/sandersclimatechange) shows how the terms climate change and global warming, while accurate, are toning down the urgency of the subject. The term he suggests using is climate crisis, because a crisis it definitely is.

Evidence of Trump’s hypocrisy is the fact that he built a wall to protect his Mar-a-Largo golf course from the rising sea while denying the problem! I urge one and all to view the video.

Paul Wojtalewicz, Gainesville

 

Vote for positive change

The author of a recent letter appointed himself as the moral police for liberals and used the time-honored “sex sells” approach to list indiscretions of past presidents, whom he mentions by name. Unfortunately, he fails to mention the names of the presidents who were the “two best family men” (his words). Why? Were they liberals?

He finds the current president essentially blameless for his constant lies, serial marital cheating and dishonest business activities, because those incidents occurred years before he became president. Really? We hear lies from this president every day.

I do agree that Mr. Rogers and the Pope will not be on the ballot, but lessons of cooperation, neighborhood and peace will never go out of style. Vote for democracy and positive change this year!

Jacqueline Trudeau, Gainesville

 

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