Improve sex schooling
With entry to secure abortions in Florida probably on the road, it’s crucial to re-examine and enhance the efficacy of Florida’s sexual schooling system. Currently, sexual schooling shouldn’t be required in Florida faculties. Only primary complete well being schooling is remitted and whereas this contains data on teenage being pregnant, it doesn’t, nevertheless, embody details about sexual well being or preventative measures.
In 2020, Florida ranked No. 23 for teen beginning charges with a charge of 15.2 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19; Alachua County had a charge of 9.4 births per 1,000 females. Although these charges are proportionally decrease than nationwide averages, we will anticipate a rise in teen being pregnant charges when cheap entry to secure abortions is stripped away.
To mitigate this, Florida should revise its schooling necessities to incorporate complete sexual schooling. Hopefully, this alteration could stop some younger kids from being compelled into motherhood.
Sidney Broome and Kruti Patel, Gainesville
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I’ve lived in Newberry for 20 years. During that point, and I’m advised earlier than that point, individuals have complained and reached out to get CR 337 repaired. Too many have died and been harm on this horrific street.
Levy County has fastened its portion. During watermelon season, semi-trucks and an oncoming automobile can’t even match on the street. It is a dying entice. Since when does saving human lives not take precedence over different initiatives? What a slap within the face to all of the households which have misplaced family members on this street.
We all know Alachua is thought for its excessive taxes and I’ve willingly paid them for these previous 20 years, which provides as much as fairly a bit, but the street I drive on day by day has nonetheless not been fastened in all these years. For these of us that need to drive this street day by day, it’s a very actual concern.
When we complain an excessive amount of, they ship out somebody to fill a number of the pot holes to pacify us and then, as soon as once more, the street is forgotten. Newberry has tried so arduous to get this street fastened to no avail. Come on, Alachua — if Levy County made it occur so can Alachua. Let’s make saving lives a precedence over different initiatives!
Denise Kronmann, Newberry
Senior housing wanted
Our aged mom, at age 96, lives in an house/duplex neighborhood in a midwestern metropolis, a part of the Housing and Urban Development idea that’s centered on serving the aged and age-related cutting down. With two bedrooms, two baths, a double connected storage and roomy dwelling/eating, kitchen and utility areas, near purchasing and wanted companies, it is vitally ample for her wants, together with a strolling path, clubhouse and security options.
As the general public/non-public partnership experiment has continued, we’ve seen a actual discount within the care and detailed consideration given to the models and surrounding inexperienced house, as profit-driven people are much less more likely to make investments for tenant satisfaction. They say out loud that they’ll proceed to chop their bills and guarantees, in an effort to defend a revenue.
In Gainesville, are there rent-assisted complexes/duplexes for seniors that do current a secure, satisfying and constant life-style ? In spite of the noticeably diminished consideration to maintenance that the general public/non-public models appear to function over time, I’d assume that housing in our neighborhood for seniors and elder working individuals may be a wanted function. Have I simply missed that this type of housing is certainly a part of this housing blitz?
Cheryl Hurt, Alachua
Homelessness is a very advanced social challenge and is not going to be solved anytime quickly. I can, nevertheless, state that the town of Gainesville’s fixed obsession with “ending” homelessness will fail.
You solely want to have a look at California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and many different locations to see how these progressive cities and states insurance policies on homelessness have failed, and miserably. The more cash they pour into it, the more serious the state of affairs turns into (sound acquainted, Gainesville?).
Do not idiot yourselves: Word spreads among the many homeless neighborhood. They know the place to go and by throwing more and more cash and assets at it, you exacerbate the issue by inviting more of the homeless into our neighborhood.
Gerald H. Bamburg, Gainesville
We positively have a disaster in Alachua County in relation to psychological well being. There are options and a remedy known as dialectical habits remedy (DBT) that may assist with a 95% restoration charge. The remedy is each particular person and group, and teaches mindfulness in addition to expertise that may assist somebody perform with psychological sickness.
DBT is confirmed to assist however wants educated therapists. If Meridian, Shands Vista and North Florida would use cash properly and rent therapists educated in DBT, then train shoppers this remedy, simply think about the distinction that would occur sooner or later with crimes and those that have psychological sickness. This remedy also needs to be court-ordered to happen throughout incarceration, by psychological well being courtroom and drug courtroom, and within the work launch program.
The Gainesville Opportunity Center, a clubhouse for these with psychological sickness, needs a partnership with Meridian, Shands Vista, North Florida to assist make this DBT therapy doable, with a peer-to-peer assist group for these going via DBT at one of many amenities or non-public therapists.
DBT is necessary for restoration of these with psychological sickness. Let’s all come collectively and assist these struggling with psychological Illness to stay a higher life and defend our residents by decreasing crimes.
Burt and Rebecca Wetherington, Gainesville
On July 16, the Federal Communications Commission will launch a new quantity to name for suicide prevention and psychological well being crises. The quantity is 988. However, solely 24 states are prepared with laws and funding. It is time for the federal authorities to step in and fill the hole.
This is unfortunately paying homage to the 211 quantity, which was put in place a few years in the past. It is a quantity accessible nationwide to assist individuals. It was not funded by the federal authorities. County governments needed to discover the financing.
Washington congressmen shout that the gun downside is a psychological well being challenge however make no effort to enhance the supply of counseling companies. Let’s hope this time they’ll see the sunshine and assist fund the brand new quantity.
Larry Schwandes, Gainesville
If we imagined that immediately the filibuster was abolished, sure vote protections eradicated and the Supreme Court was full of three sympathetic, partisan justices, then wouldn’t we not solely at the moment be beneath one-party rule however be very vulnerable to remaining that means advert infinitum? Is this what they meant by transformational?
Ernie Windsor, Gainesville
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