Letters from Gainesville Florida to the Editor on October 12, 2021
Redistribution of the school board
A school board workshop was held recently to discuss developing changes to school board member districts to align with the latest census data. The presentation and information shared with school board members was excellent and the result of a lot of work reflecting an approach determined by staff and not by the board.
Unlike the County Commission, which initiated the redistribution discussion in August, no initial workshop was held to provide staff with guidance on draft redistribution plans. The Commissioners informed staff of the requirements other than an equal population that should be considered in the development of the draft maps.
The school board should also have held an initial workshop where board members shared with staff their requirements to be considered on any draft map. Because this did not happen, the staff set the parameters and the approach to be followed.
Under the direction of the board of directors in developing draft maps, the process would have been clear and transparent. Now the school board will choose from two cards after a public contribution opportunity. Given the recent controversy surrounding a former school board member, transparency and community involvement should be the top priorities.
Kathleen V. Black, Gainesville
Jeff Childers, lawyer for parents opposing the masks of Alachua County schoolchildren, was quoted in The Sun (October 8 article) as offering a curiously inadequate reason for their trial: “The district’s masks policy has caused harm to parents and children. … and some kids missed … due to district non-compliance. ”
I understand that Childers and these parents do not consider the possibility of serious illness to their children or family members, long-term sequelae or even death from COVID as harmful or disruptive as simply wearing a mask to help prevent these things.
Maybe all of these people should go back to school instead.
Catherine Taubert, Gainesville
Disappointment, not hate
A contributor to this page on October 8 claims he “loves” America. People who disagree with his perception “hate” our United States. I think this nonsense goes to the heart of Republican control of their party.
They choose from among the Democrats’ transgressions and confuse them. Remember the emails from Travelgate, Whitewater, Benghazi and Hillary Clinton? Meanwhile, Republicans have waged an illegal war in Iraq, torturing and murdering both the guilty and the innocent.
Their dear leader, Donald Trump, has horribly mismanaged our country’s response to the COVID-19 virus. I don’t hate my country but I am very disappointed with it.
Clayton Smith, Gainesville
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We all pay
Imagine this: one dollar in each of 1,000 piles = $ 1,000. Thousand in 1000 stacks = $ 1 million. One million in 1,000 batteries = $ 1 billion.
Now let’s put $ 1 billion into each of the 1,000 stacks. It would be $ 1,000 billion. This is a follow-up of 12 zeros.
There are roughly 400 billionaires in the United States with a combined wealth of $ 4.5 trillion, according to Forbes. Do you really think their fair share will pay for “Build Back Better”? We will all pay.
Paul Clayton, Gainesville
The good old days
I read an excellent book, “The Accidental President”, on Harry Truman. After the victory in Europe, the Washington Post newspaper wrote: “The mood in the United States is one of extraordinary friendliness. Americans seem to be more comfortable with each other. They are more inclined to talk about national affairs, less inclined to quarrel. In short, there is a cordiality in the air that this country has not known for years. “
Oh for the good old days.
Denny Gies, Gainesville
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