Fracking is bad for water supply
It was with great interest that I read the column by Brewster Bevis of Associated Industries of Florida advocating for pro-fracking bills.
AIF, as you may recall, fought against the acquisition and protection of state lands because they believe that state conservation lands are a barrier to more power lines and pipelines. They also lobbied to use Amendment 1 funds for infrastructure projects rather than the purchase of conservation lands, against the will of the voters.
So it should come as no surprise that Mr. Bevis would write an article including cherry-picked anecdotes of a few isolated incidents of increases in property values near fracking. Anecdotes are not data.
A Duke University study found that home prices dropped by an average of $30,167 when shale drilling occurred within a mile of areas using well water. And while Mr. Bevis claims that there is no science that shows the health of those living near well sites is negatively affected, Physicians for Social Responsibility's "2015 Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking" shows that, in close to 300 studies of fracking, 84 percent of original research studies on human health risks found signs of harm or indication of potential harm.
The science is on the side of banning fracking, not creating industry-friendly regulations that lay out the welcome mat to fracking in Florida. I urge everybody concerned with the safety of our water supply to urge their legislators to vote "no'' on HB 191 and SB 319.
Pat Carver, Dade City
Donated juror fees help shelter
In 2014, the office of Pasco Clerk of the Court and Comptroller Paula S. O'Neil started a program to allow jurors to voluntarily donate their jury service fees to one of three charities. Sunrise of Pasco, a domestic and sexual violence center, was one of the charities selected.
Thanks to the program, Sunrise received over $2,000 in donations in 2015. To put that donation in perspective, $2,000 could cover the cost of two families' entire stay at the shelter. Sunrise is extremely grateful to the jurors who chose Sunrise and to O'Neil for implementing this program.
With help from the community, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who have survived domestic and/or sexual violence.
Michelle Crowder-Soellner, Dade City
Disrespect for American flag
I am a resident of Port Richey and travel Bay Boulevard often. I am very concerned about the disrespect and negligence of an American flag hanging from a tree along this street.
This flag is literally in shreds and very faded. I think this is very disrespectful of anyone displaying our wonderful flag that represents our freedom and the many people who have lost their lives defending our great country.
A neighbor of mine has even stopped at the house displaying it and offered to replace it with a new one. The man who answered the door rejected his offer.
Isn't there something someone can do to correct this atrocity?
Betty Kinsella, Port Richey