Readers comment on development near Suburban Heights, the school board and more


The entrance sign for the Suburban Heights neighborhood northwest of Gainesville.

Paradoxical views

A November 8 letter highlighted the Sun’s paradoxical views on the City Commission playing the game against the residents of Suburban Heights to impose a six-story, high-intensity, mixed-use residential-commercial building on them. with 220 apartments and parking.

The Sun, suggesting the commission needs a new generation of leadership, also endorsed a commission candidate whose brief profile suggests he would most likely support the commission’s development plans.

Paradoxically again, it seems that The Sun thinks the commission needs ideas like those represented by its current members. Cynthia Chestnut, who clearly supports high-density residency in suitable locations, would be the nominee with extensive relevant experience and reasonable views on development, offering a refreshing change from the recalcitrance shown by most current Commissioners.

If by new generation, The Sun means lack of leadership experience, Matt Howland fits that description.

Sadly, disregarding the commission’s manipulative and deceptive tactics, The Sun, in its recent editorial and endorsement, appears determined to encourage the commission in its relentless opposition to the best interests and will of the citizens of Gainesville.

Harry Shaw, Gainesville

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To take a position

The Alachua County Retired Educators Association strongly supports the steps taken by school board members and Superintendent Carlee Simon to protect students, teachers and staff at schools in Alachua County. We congratulate them for taking a stand on masking in our schools.

Studies have shown that masking reduces the incidence of COVID. We admire their efforts to fix this problem.

Mary White on behalf of the Alachua County Association of Retired Educators

Changes to the school board

It does me good to see Diyonne McGraw, Tina Certain and Leanetta McNealy’s alliance broken at the Alachua County School Board. What happened on November 16 was a tiny version of what happened on November 6, 2020, nationwide. This time, however, the left has been the target of “change” and, as usual, the Socialists are responding with threats. Finally, the racism of the board has been challenged and the left cannot stand it.

I say well done to Gunnar Paulson, Mildred Russell and Robert Hyatt. Now the status quo has truly been uprooted for the better.

Jeffrey H. Dissell, Gainesville

Biden not to blame

I remember a Rowan and Martin sketch. Dick stood on a street corner snapping his fingers. Dan approached him and asked him, “Why are you doing this? Dick replied, “I keep the elephants away.” Incredulous, Dan declares: “There are no elephants here!” Dick just shrugged and said, “See. It works.”

There are many reasons for the price hikes and virtually all of them are due to the pandemic. During the pandemic people didn’t go anywhere or buy anything and they got stimulus funds. Now there is a greater demand and a lot of money to spend.

Many companies need more workers to produce as much as before. We need more people to unload the goods coming into the United States and have them delivered. With increased demand, there are more goods entering the United States

None of this is Biden’s fault. It is not inflation, but the law of supply and demand: prices rise when demand exceeds supply. Those who blame Biden for this are Dick Martin: having no idea of ​​the situation.

Thomas R. Weller, High Springs

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This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Letters to the editor for November 20, 2021


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