Paying through premiums
In the Jan. 8 letters to the editor, a person wrote about what a delightful sight it was to see a bus that did not have an attorney’s ad on it. He didn’t mention about all the full-size billboard ads and the battle of the injury attorneys on TV. Every day I no longer turn on the TV during their battle times and I hold my TV controller to push the mute button when they do come on at other times.
They tell you what their clients got but not what they ended up with, how long it took or what was offered by the insurance company. They try to get to you by holding babies, standing with men in uniform, next to our flag, being a Gator, asking you give toys for tots and holding their dog.
Seeing these ads, along with how to get out of some credit card debt and some of the taxes you owe, I know we are paying for it in our insurance premiums. In the long run, I feel we as a society are going to pay a price for the ads that our children see.
Charles E. Shorten, Gainesville
"The Big Lie" is what Adolf Hitler used to perfection. He discovered that if one repeats a lie often enough then people will believe the lie eventually.
It seems that our former president has followed this paradigm willfully. He continually states that the 2020 election was rigged and was a fraud. Despite the committee that studied the election (led by a Republican) and found that it was the fairest election in our history, this former president continues to lie.
If he really believes his lie, then I fear for his sanity. But I believe he is nefariously using this lie to deceive his base. He knows exactly what he is doing.
He was responsible for the insurrection and attempted coup on Jan. 6, 2021. As a newscaster said recently on a TV program, January 6, 2021, is historic because the person at the highest level of American politics took direct aim at the center of it which is the peaceful transfer of power.
This former president wants to destroy our democracy and too many people are gullible and believe his Big Lie.
Joyce Dewsbury, Gainesville
It’s a new year with the same problems. The socialist Democrats tell us that if the Republicans win in 2022, democracy is in peril. Their priorities include passing the voting rights bill will with massive mail-in schemes and elimination of the voter ID. Now that’s a winner: a federalization of our voting system that takes decisions out of the states, a power grab. In short, it would be total corruption and destruction of our nation’s voting. We lose that and we can say good-bye to America.
The Build Back Better bill has massive tax increases (someone has to pay for the giveaways) and weaponizing of the Internal Revenue Service, and would cause higher inflation. We cannot spend our way into prosperity, rewarding people who don’t work and penalizing those who do.
If socialist Democrats don’t get their way, they threaten to abolish the filibuster (our checks and balances) or pack the courts if their policies are not rubber stamped. This is not how democracy works. Be careful what you vote for.
Eileen Maren, Gainesville
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This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Letters to the editor for Jan. 18, 2022