I had the opportunity to grow up in Chiefland and play several sports. I now live in South Florida and I never thought I would envy or have a desire to return home.
Now every week I read the Citizen and I am so proud of what our coaches are doing with their athletics. I had the privilege of playing beside some of your coaches and against them. I also taught school and was on the same coaching staff with a few.
In reply to Ginger Fuller's letter of last week ...
I am the first one to admit I know nothing about sports — love the kids but sports is not my cup of tea! But I have been around long enough to see and know the impact they make on our kids. I know a little about families and those without. I know a lot about relationships and "needing to belong."
I know first-hand about compassion when life hurts! I know that there are kids out there that get no encouragement at home, or direction for that matter.
The world sees the United States as having a weak government. They ridicule us for our debt. We are an absolute nothing in their eyes.
The following may seem disengaged from that conclusion, but try it on for size.
The energy department did an audit of Solyndra and stated the company would run out of money by this September. Washington was well aware of this, yet put $535 million into the company for political gain—not for economic income.
And our law says no more taxpayer money would go to Planned Parenthood, but Obama just gave them millions.
What we need in Florida is solar panel factories. If we had several solar factories, there would be competition, and everyone could afford solar power. And we would not need the atomic power plants in this state that Florida Power is trying to push on the people. Also, they are very dangerous. One blew up in France just recently.
With all the sun that we have here in Florida solar power is the way to go. Everyone should call the Governor's Office. The phone number is 1-850-488-4441 and tell him to get some factories going and get these people back to work.
Half way through 2011 America and Florida continue to struggle to find solutions that will stimulate our respective economies and get us back to work. For Floridians, frustration results directly from the state’s high unemployment rate (10.6 percent) and low economic growth. Hopefully this will refocus policymakers’ efforts on job creation and economic growth.
So how do we get things moving again? One way to help jumpstart the economy is through the expansion of broadband access.