May 3, 2022 Letters to the Editor: Thanking Pandemic Heroes, More

pandemic heroes

Last Thursday, your newspaper’s headline declared that the United States was “out of the pandemic phase” of the COVID nightmare. Most of us no longer wear masks and feel the worst is over.

We endured suffering previously unimaginable. Nearly one million people have died from COVID-19 in our country alone. Many of them were “essential workers”, people who put themselves at risk to get us through this crisis.

Now that we’re breathing easier, isn’t it time to thank our pandemic heroes? Gainesville – and every city – must honor these people in an appropriate way so that they feel our appreciation. They should hear our united voices say, “We cannot thank you enough for your service and sacrifice.

Glenn Terry, Gainesville

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National Teachers Day

Steve Jobs was a very active and intelligent student in elementary school. He was bored at school. Her savior was her fourth grade teacher. She knew he was smart and needed a challenge. She went out of her way to find things that would interest Steve. In his biography, he was proud to say that his fourth grade teacher was the most important person in his life.

May 3, 2022 is National Teachers’ Day.

Larry Schwandes, Gainesville

Impact on graduates

As Florida continues to legislate education, I wonder how future employers will view Florida graduates. Do curricular changes make our students more or less competitive on the national and international job market? Do the changes enhance students’ ability to work and contribute meaningfully in a diverse work environment, and do they have the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to effectively solve problems?

Some employers may fear that a Florida education will not be competitive with peers or even non-peers due to content and reading restrictions and the chilling effect it has in the classroom. Who is looking out for the best interests of the workforce and future employers in these times of change?

Lucinda Lavelli, Gainesville

Climate solutions

“Climate change is a global issue and China is the biggest immediate obstacle to reducing global emissions. The solutions should reduce global emissions and not just be “welfare” policies.

This is a phrase taken from the website of the conservative climate group led by US Congressman John Curtis from Utah. I am writing to challenge our own members of Congress – Kat Cammack, Neil Dunn and Al Lawson – to join Curtis. Cammack has the state’s largest green energy power plant in its backyard, but has taken no public position on our local biomass-based green energy solution. I wish she would.

More (better?) solutions must be identified if the war against CO2-induced global warming is to be won. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, the approximately 250 MW coal-fired power plant must be decommissioned soon.

We can replace that carbon-guzzling powerhouse by 1) conserving even more energy at home than we currently do; 2) reduce the explosion of growth in western developments unless every new home, store or office is required to purchase a solar roof installed and 3) showcase the best of the University of concession of land in the form of dedicated energy crops.

Tom Cunilio, Lake City

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