Support Reichert House
The Sun has been running excellent coverage of our criminal justice system and I want to help alert the community to the wonderful job that the Reichert House does to keep vulnerable young men out of that system.
Between birth and 18 years of age, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) often lead to mental and social problems later. These events are: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, exposure to domestic violence, household substance abuse and household mental illness.
It is particularly for teenage boys who suffer from ACEs that Reichert House exists, offering structure, counseling, tutoring, companionship and simply, for many, the only safe place they have to hang out.
Reichert House is supported with some funds from taxpayers plus generous contributions from ordinary citizens and is a heck of a lot cheaper than prisons. Please put Reichert House on your contribution list. It will be one of the best dollars you ever spend.
Jean Chalmers, Gainesville
A recent letter claimed the Democratic Party is dead but socialism lives within it. Based upon the 2018 election results, the Democrats are quite alive. Regarding socialism, while there are democratic socialists among the Democrats, none are advocating for socialism traditionally defined as public ownership of the means of production.
What these democratic socialists are calling for are reforms in health care, the economy and education found in many of the capitalist countries in Europe countries and especially in the Scandinavian countries. These countries, incidentally, have better statistics in health care and longevity, education and economic benefits.
It is also alleged that the party doesn't stand against infanticide and anti-Semitism. If one pays attention to the party's stand on health care, global warming and immigration one sees strong support for the lives of infants. Criticism of policies of the state of Israel is not anti-Semitism.
Albert Meyer, Gainesville
Don’t blame guns
In our American history, guns were used in the assassination of four presidents and wounding of two others. In each case, nobody blamed the gun; the deranged person behind the weapon became the focal point. In today’s world, the gun has become the focal point, and not so much the person behind it.
Often the people who do these shootings are not supposed to have guns and care little about the letter of the law. New laws and restrictions will never stop the determined individual from doing their evil deeds. Due diligence on the part of friends, family and alert citizens can make a difference in deterring some of these individuals.
Remember, God did not blame the rock that slew Abel.
Richard DesChenes, Archer
Blinded by contributions
Gun violence has been plaguing us for so very long that we have all gotten used to it. Our lawmakers and our president do the customary tear-shedding, pray for the victims and move on to other business. Thousands of Americans are dying each year due to gun violence, but the president fired the surgeon general who rightfully wanted to fight it on the scale of an epidemic.
Our lawmakers are blinded by the huge election contributions of National Rifle Association so they always find some excuse not to enact any meaningful gun control law and Americans keep dying. So who is responsible for this sad state of affairs? Aren't we a democracy and don't we get a chance every four years to elect the right people?
We do, so we shouldn't be dying due to gun violence for more than five years max and here we are dying for decades!
Nand Sharma, Gainesville
Write a letter
Letters to the editor should be emailed to email@example.com. Letters should be 150 words or less and include the writer’s full name, city of residence and contact information.