Football Game Panic Letters from Buchholz, Governor DeSantis and More

shocking event

I attended the football game between Buchholz and Columbia last week. It was the first high school game for me since the 1990s and the first for my son. I found the experience didn’t really change and enjoyed the game and the spirit of the student, until four minutes into the fourth quarter. That was the point of the game when there was panic because people mistakenly believed an active shooter was in the game.

The students knew exactly what to do and the school officials and officers behaved very well. For me, it was a shocking event. I witnessed what had become normal for our schoolchildren. They were well trained to react to a shooter. What an utterly shocking and sad event to witness first hand.

I suspect most readers are like me and have never had to experience this type of event. What has our culture come to teach our children to respond to gun violence and fear for their lives at school or at school events? We are better than that.

Robert Harris, Gainesville

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Federal funding

The Sun recently published a report describing how Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Micanopy had received nearly $3 million to address broadband shortfalls as part of a program addressing community development needs. Micanopy is one of 10 Florida communities to receive a portion of the $22 million distributed through the Community Development Block Grant program.

What the Sun article and Governor DeSantis failed to mention is that this is a federal program — not something DeSantis championed in the Florida Legislature. It looks like Governor DeSantis wants to take credit for a federally funded program he is quick to criticize, yet another example of this governor’s hypocrisy.

Dennis Comfort, Newberry

Expert in the field

Interestingly, Governor DeSantis recently called Dr. Anthony Fauci an “elf.” Dr. Fauci is an expert in his field, a respected scientist who, like many others, has made false claims regarding COVID. Few could have predicted what happened in the United States, and around the world, with the mismanagement of disease, its causes, treatments, illnesses and deaths. As they say, hindsight is 20-20.

I wonder what the doctor would call our esteemed governor. Let’s see how this develops as DeSantis deals with criticism of his edicts and rulings. We will wait and see what happens.

Barbara Collett, Gainesville

Disdain for rules

For the first time in our 246-year history, we had a president who ignored the law and carried official documents from the White House to his home. Donald Trump’s disregard for rules and officials has challenged the nation’s records and secrets.

Methods without a search warrant had already been taken before taking the step of going to a judge with probable cause to execute the search warrant. Sending FBI agents to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve documents deemed sensitive in nature related to national security was the latest effort to retrieve documents that should never have left the White House. Trump had the pride of complaining about the FBI entering his property and retrieving documents belonging to the American people and kept by the government archivist.

The Presidential Records Act, passed in 1978 and updated in 2014 by then-President Trump’s administration, requires that all official records of presidents and vice presidents be received and retained by the National Archivist.

So now it seems we can no longer trust the integrity of our elected leaders, so I suggest another amendment to the Archivists Act that requires that at least two nonpartisan federal guards be appointed to uphold the review and record all material leaving the White House. How sad it is to come to this.

Lisa Holley, Gainesville

Common sense

A recent letter to The Sun advocated creating a political party of common sense. Common sense is hard to find in individuals. Why would anyone think he could be found in a political party?

Still, it couldn’t hurt to have a common sense party. But buy-in must be done with a healthy degree of skepticism. The terms “politics” and “common sense” are mutually exclusive.

Steven Mossburg, Gainesville

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