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Why skip the turkey

lte2012 160 80With his recent re-election, President Obama has won the power to pardon more turkeys on Thanksgiving. But so does every one of us, by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that gives thanks for our good fortune, health, and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits, and grains.

And here are more terrific reasons:

        You will stay alert through the entire football game.

        You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?

        Your vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

        You won’t have to call Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

        Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

        You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

        You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

        Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones.

Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature a “Tofurky,” lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” got us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.

Doug Osborne

Gainesville, Fla.

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Support for Byran Williams

LTE2012I acknowledge that the political process is often difficult, sometimes ugly, but it is a process with more upside than down.  However, in the small town of High Springs, the process has taken advantage of off year elections and the results are turning catastrophic for the residents, business owners and visitors to our city.

In less than two years, two city managers and two city attorneys have been removed or resigned from office.  The director of public works, city engineer, fire chief and interim police chief has each resigned. The last public works employee with a license to operate a sewer plant resigned.  The city planner position was unfunded, resulting in the layoff of a city planner.  In short, our City has been raped of intellectual capital because these individuals were not willing to perform their duties in an unethical or illegal manner, being dictated by commissioners or to be treated poorly.  As a voter, if this seems okay and you are comfortable with the behavior of Bob Barnas, please support the candidate for City Commissioner he is supporting:  Mr. Pat Rush.

The City of High Springs has big issues to address and a great deal of business to get done.  A vote for Mr. Byran Williams is in the long-term best interest of the city.  It is time to end the workshops where nothing happens.  It is time to trust in expertise and experience our city employees make available – and that citizens are paying for.  It is time to bring experience and balance back to the commission chambers in High Springs and only Byran Williams is likely to accomplish this.

Most of us don’t have the time to, daily, watch over our elected officials.  Locally, is where we can make the biggest difference, especially in a small town like High Springs.  Nobody’s opinion, yours, or mine really matters; what counts, are the results of the Commission’s service.  We need to stop the micromanagement, think long term and move forward.  Byran Williams is how we start to move this direction again.

Ross Ambrose

High Springs, Fla.

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Don’t take away all that is good about High Springs

LTE2012One Sunday afternoon in July I received a call from a friend asking me and my husband to join her and her husband at John Paul Park for some music under the trees.  It was actually pleasant for July and there was plenty of tree cover to hide the sun.  We brought our chairs and sat along the road, listening to the music, conversing with friends, enjoying the good nature of High Springs.

Why would our current majority on the Commission want to take that away?  Quite possibly, they never experienced what I, and others, have experienced.  If they had, they would not have voted to reopen the road that circles the Park.

Commissioners Barnas and Gestrin ran on platforms of nature, springs, family outings, bringing people back to High Springs.

Actions speak louder than words.

A vote for Pat Rush is a vote for taking all that is good about High Springs away.  Don’t let that happen.

Vote for Byran Williams for High Springs Commission.

Susan Beck

High Springs, Fla.

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Why the only right choice is Byran Williams

LTE2012I am sick and tired of the Gang of Three and Pat Rush pointing fingers at the past commissioners and Byran Williams for their supposed irresponsibility in purchasing the Pigg House.  Their choice at the time was a good one.  The house was appraised at way above what it was purchased for.  If the housing market hadn't tumbled,they would have been touted as heroes.  How many of you out there purchased property during the rise and now are sitting with it at half its value?

The same is true of the sewer.  At the time the sewer was a good choice and absolutely necessary for the growth of the city.  Had the upward economy continued, more homes would have been added and everything would have been great.  Now, Pat Rush wants to stop the work in midstream, which will cause the failure of the current system, the state will step in, take it over, and dramatically raise our monthly payments in order to pay back what it cost them to rescue us.

For those of you who didn't see the debate between Byran and Pat, I urge you to watch it (Alachua Today has posted an entire video of the debate).  It was obvious that all Pat could do was look back and blame others.  Byran, on the other hand, wants to look to the future and do all he can to get High Springs back on its feet.  Byran is extremely enthusiastic and full of ideas and by the overwhelming applause he continually received he clearly won the debate.

Now, people of High Springs, you have two choices:  Elect Pat Rush and get more of what we have now - a continuation of the "Puppet Gang of Three" with non commissioners  pulling their strings; or elect Byran Williams and have a chance at High Springs being able to pull itself out of the disastrous financial mess Pat Rush's cronies have gotten us into.

Byran Williams will give us back our reputation as a good friendly city, not the laughing stock of the state as we are now.  Elect Byran Williams so he can help make our city the winner it deserves to be.

Arlene Dorin

Gainesville, Fla.

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Some other reasons to vote for Byran Williams

LTE2012Did you know that Pat Rush’s recent Campaign Treasurer’s Report shows he knowingly broke election laws as stated in Florida Statutes 106.08 by accepting an excessive contribution?

If that’s not enough, in a recent “Support for Rush,” Letter to the Editor, its author gave her reasons for voting for Pat Rush. Among those she cited was, [he has] “practical experience in running a business.” If running his Pat’s Place business on Main Street out of business is the kind of knowing how to fail experience you want to run our city, then it is no wonder that Davis, Barnas and Gestrin also like Pat Rush – he fits right into their failure-oriented, law breaking style.

Pat Rush may blame the economy for his businesses demise ,but during the same economic turmoil period, other businesses in our city are still in business because they are managed better. I personally don’t want Pat Rush to make clueless decisions on my behalf and so, my vote goes to Byran Williams because he has our Lord and our City in his heart, he has integrity in all his actions, and he will do what he needs to do to help High Springs thrive once again.

Gene Levine

High Springs, Fla.

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