Letters to the editor of April 10, 2022
I hope city and county government officials with some influence on our infrastructure will read Adam Greco’s recent column on the “stroads”. It was a great explanation of our current transportation situation in the city.
The idea of a multi-tonne vehicle (usually manned by one person) burning expensive, polluting fossil fuel to run short errands is ridiculous. E-bikes and a system of safe pedestrian/bicycle lanes throughout our city would reduce congestion and pollution, improve health, and make shopping fun for many people.
People who are not used to riding bicycles will never ride on a road with high-speed cars and trucks. Most sidewalks are unsafe for cycling due to the many intersecting driveways and roads. If we are to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and do what we can to slow global warming, we need infrastructure that actually separates pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles.
Jeanie West, Gainesville
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Form of indoctrination
The rhetoric that parents know what is best for their children is just that – rhetoric. It really has little basis in reality. Becoming a parent by choice or by chance does not naturally confer any particular competence on an individual.
Just bring up the issue of parenting skills to psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors or social workers and you have a good chance of hearing about conflict and heartbreak.
Society has a vested and valid interest in how our children are raised. By this I do not mean that our children should be indoctrinated into a particular belief system. Our current political power-holders in Florida speak out against indoctrination while doing just that by telling professional educators how to teach history, banning books, and banning speech. Not sharing the full truth of history or current reality is a form of indoctrination.
Parents who want to control their child’s education can homeschool or send their children to a private school. Public education has been a great means of democratization because it has provided access and openness to learning about thinking and evaluating ideas. Also, we want to continue the work of teaching the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic.
Goldie Schwartz, archer
Edward B. Harmon, in his recent opinion column, seems to be throwing back to the days of “drill, baby, drill.” It doesn’t make sense anymore and didn’t make sense back then if people paid attention to it. All he seems to care about is getting cheap oil.
It is totally irrelevant that President Joe Biden is able to do anything about current oil prices, or is responsible for current oil prices in any way. A much bigger problem is global warming, which is a direct cause of using this oil in the first place.
Study after study has indicated that we are on the eve of destruction. Stopping the use of Russian oil, even though it provides only 8% of our consumption in the United States, and the subsequent increase in gasoline prices is a boon. Maybe this will help all those flag-waving hypocrites who drive pickup trucks but never haul or pull anything anywhere to think twice.
It is our greedy society that is to blame. Either way, Florida will probably soon be under water anyway because no one accepts responsibility or cares enough to do their fair share.
Christopher Hintz, Gainesville
I am writing in light of Occupational Therapy Month in April, as I wish to highlight the important role occupational therapists play in the recovery from COVID-19 to provide the community with the knowledge and education needed to improve the functioning of COIVD-19 survivors.
Occupational therapists provide patient-centered rehabilitation with an emphasis on improving participation in daily living and general well-being. COVID-19 is a multisystem disease that affects a person’s physical and mental health. COVID-19 is known to limit a person’s participation in daily life, as the effects of COVID-19 can be long lasting. Endurance deficits, increased weakness, brain fog, and psychological distress are not uncommon.
Occupational therapists play a unique role in helping patients navigate their activities of daily living, while implementing various targeted strategies to monitor their vital signs and symptoms while building endurance. Occupational therapists provide therapeutic exercises for increased neuromuscular education and increased strength.
Additionally, occupational therapists promote mental health and well-being by teaching patients coping strategies and mindful practices to address post-COVID-19 psychological distress. As a community, we often overlook the critical role occupational therapists play in health care.
This month of April is Occupational Therapy Month, where we recognize and celebrate the efforts of occupational therapists and the vital role they play in recovering from COIVD-19!
Kyleigh Eaton, doctoral student in occupational therapy, University of Florida
Free Therapeutic Resource
To celebrate Occupational Therapy Month, I want to raise awareness about occupational therapy and a free therapy resource in Gainesville.
Occupational therapy is a health profession whose main objective is to enable individuals to participate in the activities that they need or want to do throughout the day. These range from dressing to cooking to personal interests of an individual.
Occupational therapists can help individuals regain the skills needed for these activities or modify the environment to better support the individual. Common diagnoses that occupational therapists work with include, but are not limited to: arthritis, dementia, stroke, age-related diagnoses, depression and anxiety, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The UF OT Equal Access Clinic is a student-run occupational therapy clinic with licensed occupational therapists supervising and assisting with free services. The clinic is offered through telehealth and an on-site clinic on Thursday evenings. No reference or insurance is needed. To schedule an appointment, email [email protected] or visit the website at ot.phhp.ufl.edu/service/equal-access-clinic/.
Jennifer Ryan, Gainesville
Vladimir Putin launched an unpredictable war. Virtually every government in the world is united and opposed to Putin’s actions. In the past, we have had various alliances. The current alliance is extremely one-sided.
Governments around the world working in concert have also unleashed the private sector to attack: non-governmental organizations, the financial sector, the aircraft rental industry, McDonalds, Anonymous and probably that fat guy living in the basement of his mother using her keyboard to go to war! Putin has virtually the whole world at war with him and his nuclear threats have made it personal to everyone on earth.
The face of war has changed.
The way humans organize themselves has evolved over time. From the original nuclear groups to the tribe, passing through the hamlet, the village, the religious, linguistic and political groupings, the organization has evolved. We are witnessing another evolutionary change in human organization. This new organization through cyberspace will continue to impact Putin’s attempts to organize Russia through old-fashioned conquest. Stopping it may not come without some old-fashioned military intervention. We’ll see.
I am confident that within a decade this evolutionary change will result in a global organization of humans to mitigate the existential threat of climate change.
Kim Popejoy, Gainesville
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