Pay for tree removal

The city of Gainesville seems to be very concerned about which trees cannot be cut down (unless you are a developer). They apparently care much less about trees that should be cut down.

There are two trees in my neighborhood that have been tagged as dangerous (both are dead/dying and have dropped huge limbs on the street, which the city had to cut up and remove). In Gainesville it is legally up to the homeowner to take them down. The owner of the property has until Oct. 26 and was told it would cost $2,500 to take it down. As of Sept. 2 it was still standing.

This is not a wealthy neighborhood. The tree is a danger to lives and properties. It seems like we the people pay enough taxes to have an emergency fund for situations like this.

Glenn Smith, Gainesville

 

Beyond shameful

While I have never have agreed with the basic premises of Republican philosophy and approach to government, I recognize that such an approach, however flawed in its understanding of human life and behavior, may be honestly held. What I have difficulty understanding is how honorable people can defend or excuse the behavior of Donald Trump on the basis of that philosophy.

Most Republican legislators of the 1970s did not let their shared ideology with Richard Nixon stay their hand in holding him to account for his crimes. Today’s Republican legislators, with so far only one exception, have abandoned their principles and jettisoned any moral compass they may have had in accepting Trump’s immoral, dishonest and criminal behavior, putting party loyalty over the welfare of the country, while he continues to debase the presidency.

It is beyond shameful. It is reprehensible. They will carry that stain into history.

Tony Oliver-Smith, Gainesville

 

Domestic terrorists

A writer recently wrote a letter about unreported crimes by "right-wing extremists" and "neo-Nazis" vs. antifa groups, who were peacefully trying to stop the violence. Good job trying to blame the violence on the wrong side.

The violent ones are the ones in black, covering their faces, carrying sticks, hitting those not dressed like them, pushing them to the ground and spraying them with Mace and spray paint. Those are the domestic terrorists hiding under the name antifa.

Why do they cowardly hide their faces if they are peaceful beings? Good guys don't hide their identity unless they are superheroes and we know they're only found in the movies.

They have no problem gathering in a group of three or four and physically attacking one person. Don't believe me? Ask the reporters and innocent people who have been attacked by them by simply standing there without sticks, spray paint, Mace and their brave faces not hidden.

Cathy Anderson, Williston

 

The sin of honesty

Consider Galileo, who told an astronomical truth by making state of the art observations. “Heresy!” cried those in power. He was put on house arrest for the rest of his life. Lucky for him. Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for similar reasons. Galileo died in 1642.

Gratefully, in 1992, the Vatican decided to absolve him of his sin of telling the truth about the orbit of the earth. And if you were in Florence on that fine day, you may have heard the faint stirrings of the great scientist’s last remaining remains jumping for joy.

So it does give me some small measure of comfort to think that 350 years from now a future powerful entity will forgive today’s scientists for their sins of telling the truth about climate change. But here’s the thing: I’m not sure we humans have that many more years left.

Barbara Kerkhoff, Gainesville

 

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