Alachua County Judge Kristine Van Vorst was wrong to rule the county airboat noise ordinance “unconstitutional.” That ordinance is no more unconstitutional than other noise ordinances supported by the majority of Alachua County voters, of which I am currently one.
I’m sorry that William Schaus felt the need to challenge this ordinance passed 10 years ago after considerable work by conservation groups and local citizens who want to sleep at night. Contrary to his opinion, there are other kinds of boats besides airboats that serve his purposes (Trax aluminum boats, for example).
People have been successfully trapping gators long before the advent of airboats and their resultant noise pollution. Let’s hope the County Commission will challenge this ridiculous decision by Judge Van Vorst.
Alachua County voters wanted this ordinance. It should not be overturned by a few disgruntled individuals who would trample on the rights of the collective majority to serve their own limited interests.
Kathryn Taubert, Gainesville
The 10-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is nigh. “Celebrate” with this eight-step plan for getting laws enacted favorable to your company (and you).
• Find a malleable candidate (puppet) in a relevant region (not necessarily yours).
• Scrape together funds left over after living expenses (it helps to be wealthy).
• Give as much as you like (Thanks, SCOTUS!) to a nonprofit advocating a principled-sounding cause.
• Nonprofit gives your money to a Super PAC, keeping your ID secret. (Oops, SCOTUS overlooked this sneaky bit.)
• The Super PAC, without coordinating with your puppet (uh-huh), funds last-minute disinformation attack ads on puppet’s political opponent.
• Misled voters elect your puppet.
• Puppet claims ignorance about who funded attack ads.
• Puppet enacts laws benefiting you and your company at the expense of puppet’s actual constituents.
Support the 28th Amendment to reverse the flawed Citizens United decision. Learn more at americanpromise.net.
Sandy Clements, Gainesville
In January 2018 the Democrats took over the House and vowed to impeach Trump. In March 2019 the Mueller report turned out to be a goose egg. Not to be discouraged, a new hoax appeared: The Ukrainian extortion/quid pro pro/bribery scandal (whichever catch word the focus group agrees to).
In June all Democrat candidates raised their hands to promise medical care for all illegal immigrants and to take away private health care from U.S. citizens — what a deal. In September, we had a Soviet-style basement trial, denying Republicans witnesses they choose. But let’s not argue — it was definitely a “fair,” impartial undertaking.
On a good note we have the best economy in 50 years and the lowest unemployment. If only both parties could now lower the climbing deficit, all would be good.
Eileen Maren, Gainesville
Senators are on trial
A Gilbert and Sullivan line reads: “I always voted at my party’s call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all.” Ditto Senate Republicans groveling before Donald Trump, afraid of losing their seats if they voiced or voted their consciences.
So they swallow Trump’s claims that impeachment would “overthrow the government,” or “reverse” the 2018 election. As if Trump was “the government” or Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t then become president. And as if they had pledged allegiance to Trump, not the United States.
Trump deserves a fair Senate trial, with its decision based on the best evidence, evidence he wants to hide. Acquittal at a sham trial would leave an indelible stain on Trump’s place in history. His friends should advise him to resign before that happens.
The trial will put the senators themselves on trial over whether they care about patriotism and the rule of law, or more about keeping their jobs.
Richard Hiers, Gainesville
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