Take back the enterprise
My husband and his father have run the ticket office at the local Greyhound bus station for over 50 years. My husband received a letter stating that in a month he will no longer be employed as a ticket agent and the station will close. A company came in and bought the business.
This is what is currently happening in our country. Large corporations move in and take over, with no concern for the welfare of their customers, and they eliminate all forms of customer service.
Customers who normally buy bus tickets at the station now have to buy their tickets online and then wait outside, regardless of the weather, to catch the bus with no way of knowing when it will arrive. No agent will be available to offer assistance to these people.
The reality is that most people who take the bus often need the assistance of the ticket agent. They usually cannot afford other modes of transportation. I believe this – the closure of the Greyhound bus station – will eventually lead to less bus ridership and lead to the disappearance and likely eradication of the entire Greyhound bus. What should these individuals do?
Lisa Posey, Gainesville
South Pointe is a quiet single-family neighborhood where kids play hoop, ride bikes, and play in each other’s yards. We are proud of our homes because we pay mortgages and taxes and our homes are ours.
The four story apartments offered on lot number 04321-030-000 at the intersection of Parker and West Newberry Roads will literally be in our beautiful neighborhood. Imagine our backyard activities being overlooked by dozens of balconies. There are no privacy fences that can prevent this from happening.
Our infrastructure is not prepared for the expected growth, and that growth is massive. Why aren’t developers required to pay schools, roads and utilities out of their profits rather than out of our outrageous taxes and Gainesville regional utility bills? The thousands of homes and apartments planned will further strain already overstretched schools, roads and public services. I wouldn’t want my child to spend his years in a portable classroom.
It is clear that our government cares more about developers, investors and future residents than the voters/taxpayers they are meant to serve. If this commission is sincere about serving its citizens rather than dictating what is “good” for us, then these unwanted rental apartments will become single-family homes that fit the American Dream.
Charles Vitale, Gainesville
Education, not indoctrination
In November, I plan to vote to keep Mildred Russell in her place on the Alachua County School Board. I retired from the District nearly two years ago after 30 years of service and although I knew how the District should have operated, the way it actually operated was entirely different.
Mildred Russell has brought clarity to the board, which has been blindsided by agenda politics for decades. A vote for Mildred Russell is a vote for education rather than indoctrination.
Jeffrey H. Dissell, Gainesville
Supply chain disruption
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how a breakdown in logistics and supply chain organization can have profound effects on the health of a population. More recently, one of the most vulnerable demographics has been affected – a shortage of infant formula poses a danger to children who may go without secure access to food. While the national stock-out rate for infant formula sits at 74%, rates have exceeded 90% in Florida, according to data from Datasembly.
While alarming, this disparity may be even more pronounced in Alachua County, where the infant mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the state average, according to the Alachua County Health Department. Underserved populations are even more affected, with black populations having an infant mortality rate 4 times higher than white populations.
Combining this higher infant mortality data with the lack of access to grocery stores in East Gainesville, this shortage could have significant implications for the people of East Gainesville.
Vincent Archibald, John Ramos and Andres Makarem, Gainesville
I was paying $65 a month on my Gainesville Regional Utilities electric bill this time last year. Now I’m paying $200 a month a year later. There is something very wrong that he has climbed so high in a year.
They need to step back and increase it more slowly, not triple it in a year. That’s a ridiculous amount in just one year.
Charles Rice, Gainesville
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