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Letters on the cat population of Gainesville, urbanism, forbidden books


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The Sacred Cats of Gainesville

Gainesville has a huge population of cats – communal, feral, outdoor/indoor, or otherwise. The shelters are full.

Outdoors, cats are vulnerable to inclement weather, parasites, disease, malnutrition, and bad actors. They rely on their neighbors for the care they receive. Meanwhile, they are a constant threat to the birds, insects and reptiles that many of us want to provide a haven for.

However, with dedicated community support and funding, it’s a problem we can solve! We’ve got all the ingredients here – world-class veterinary care, Santa Fe College’s educational zoo, cat (and bird) lovers galore – plus local government, business and non-profit stakeholders. (Wild Spaces Public Places, Maddie’s Fund, Audubon Society, Wild Birds Unlimited, Petco, Petsmart, Chewy, etc.) to get involved.

I propose that we find an unused parking-garage-style building—there’s a perfect one on 13th Street—and turn it into a community cat zoo. Roast it and add fans, a few feet of mulch, artificial trees, watering stations, feeding stations, etc. The roof could be a catnip garden. The ground floor would be given over to a clinic where incoming cats would be neutered, dewormed and acclimatized before being released to their new digs.

All we need is a name. I suggest “Alcatraz”. No dogs allowed!

Audrey Natwick, Gainesville

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No town planning

The announcement of a 12-story apartment to be built on 1.1 acres next to Innovation Square sums up the “urban planning” process in Gainesville reminded me of Sinclair Lewis’ book “Babbitt.” It’s a scary book. The characters are full. They lack ethics and integrity.

Designing to maximize profits is not urban planning. The declared fig leaf is “affordable housing”. Housing is a national problem. Last year, 30% of homes sold in the US were purchased by people who had no intention of occupying the home. Real estate has become a monopoly and there is no limit to what is charged for rent.

The removal of zoning aims to destroy popular neighborhoods. The change will not impact elite enclaves.

Dorian Lucey, Gainesville

Get better

Recently my wife and I had a wonderful evening in Gainesville. We cycled to the University of Florida School of Music to enjoy their fantastic “Tango!” Concert.

On our way home, we marveled at the campus that we rarely see, the one lit up at night. The air was crisp and I thought, “It doesn’t get better than this.” Then he did.

When we got home, I got a text saying, “It’s Jenny. My friends and I just found your wallet. Come meet us at college and 15th.”

I rushed to where five beaming UF students greeted me with a “Hi Glenn!” as they cheerfully handed it to me. The experience made me feel, more than ever, that we made the right choice in moving to this unique college town.

Glenn Terry, Gainesville

Forbidden books

I have listed below a number of books that have been banned or are being considered for banning in our public schools. There are many more I could have listed, such as several by Mark Twain, but these are enough. I have read all these books. My children have read these books and some of my grandchildren are reading them now.

Can someone in our community explain why an anti-war book like “Slaughterhouse Five” is banned? Should we be for war? Why is “The Diary of Anne Frank” banned or “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “The Grapes of Wrath” or “Fahrenheit 451”?

A selection of some commonly banned books are displayed in a bookstore.

When I was in elementary school and high school, hundreds if not thousands of people read these books without suffering any psychological damage or doubts about who we are and what community we live in. These books tell us about the world in which we live. in which we live, the history of the world in which we lived and, perhaps, the future in which we could live.

Some claim that the language used in these books is age inappropriate. When I took my grandson to elementary school, middle school, and various sports practices, I heard all ages use these supposedly inappropriate words, so reading them shouldn’t hurt.

I don’t understand the reasoning behind the push to ban these books. Could someone enlighten me?

Howard B. Rothman, Gainesville

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