Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8
Brown can’t be the new green
This headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tallahassee for two decades, and in that time, those in office have managed to cut, eliminate or destroy the protections that made animals and our environment so great. They defunded Amendment 1 (the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative), which was passed by more than 70 percent of Florida’s voters. And yet many of you will still vote for this party because … ? You love polluted beaches and drinking water? You think algae is attractive? You think asphalt is the new green?
As a native Floridian, I know many other issues that are actually more important than the NRA. I do not want to look at a book to remind me what a Florida panther looked like, or see tourism plummet because Big Sugar and other corporations have successfully produced a permanent Red Tide and destroyed our waterways. This is not rocket science. And this is not going away. This is our future, and unless we vote in politicians who actually care about these issues, then I guess we’ve already lost.
Tina Koufas-Eisbacher, Largo
Nelson claims raise alarm | Aug. 9
Provide the proof
If Sen. Bill Nelson’s claims are true, why hasn’t he provided proof to the proper authorities? I agree that our right to vote, unhindered, is one of our most prized freedoms. We need to be diligent in our efforts to secure that right. But this sounds like a man preparing for defeat, who is already looking for an alibi.
Frank Shelton, Riverview
Confrontation is not his first | Aug. 9
Give up stand your ground
How many more people have to die needlessly before the reckless stand your ground law is finally repealed? This shooting reminds me so much of the Trayvon Martin shooting by George Zimmerman six years ago. In both cases, it seemed as if the shooter was essentially looking for a problem to solve, locked and loaded. This will not be the last time that someone unnecessarily will die because of this flawed law. We need to stop, change direction and listen more to the laws of God.
George Chase, St. Pete Beach
Not how to reduce wildfires
I read the quote by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in his recent op-ed in USA Today calling for "active management" of our federal public lands as the solution to reducing wildfire risk. He blamed "radical environmentalists who would rather see forests and communities burn than see a logger in the woods." I have lived in the West. I know for a fact that when you see a logger, there ain’t any woods to stand in.
Gregory Matthews, St. Petersburg
Heat is on to cool schools | Aug. 7
Kids should be our priority
What are we waiting for? School starts in just a few days. I have grandchildren attending a Pinellas high school who have said it is an oven in some classes. Last week it was lead in drinking water in Hillsborough. These kids are our future. It is time to put them first. Please let’s do the right thing now.
Judy Lavaron, St. Petersburg