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Higher fines for sewage spills not the solution | Tuesday’s letters to the editor

Here’s what readers had to say in Tuesday’s paper.
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Published Sep. 16

DeSantis urges bigger fines for sewage spills | Sept. 12

Higher fines for sewage spills not the solution

The governor’s plan to make municipal sewer systems accountable for their spills is to increase the fines levied by the state. I see a few problems. A fine levied on a municipality is a fine levied on the taxpayers of that municipality. The governor makes no mention of how all the money from past fines was spent or how he intends to spend the increased amounts in the future. Unless he intends to return that money to the municipalities in the form of state-supervised repairs, the taxpayer will be paying more money for the same defective sewer systems.

It’s time for politicians in all levels of government to admit that our crumbling infrastructure can only be repaired with money from massive tax increases. I believe that water and sewer projects are beyond the scope of small cities and counties, and should be taken over by the state to ensure that all Florida residents get the services they are paying for.

John Orlando, Largo


Fines should hit bottom line

Amazing. Gov. Ron DeSantis is not acting like the typical politician favoring business over the population. Heavier, meaningful fines for businesses that use fines as “the cost of doing business” rather than correct the cause of the problem is a breath of fresh air. Fines should hurt the bottom line, not just be a part of it while the company snubs its nose flaunting laws in place for our safety, health and environment.

Robert Jack, Trinity


On stage, passion, pragmatism blend | Sept. 13

Sounds just like Democrats

I sat in wonder at the latest revelations by the Democratic presidential candidates at Thursday night’s debate. I look forward to the 100 “democracy dollars” Andrew Yang is going to give me in addition to the $1,000 per month “Freedom Dividend.” I am extremely curious to see who Cory Booker is going to appoint as the first “ Secretary of White Supremacy”- almost as curious as I am about the optics of Beto O’Rourke going door-to-door to confiscate AR-15’s. As for former Vice President Joe Biden, I am sure Bernie Madoff was delighted to hear that all nonviolent felons should be released from prison. And Mr. Biden, we are still awaiting your answer to the question whether you believe the decision to deport three million illegal immigrants during the Obama administration was a “mistake.”

As acknowledged by the participants, it was just another Democratic presidential debate. Indeed. Pass the popcorn.

Robert Heyman, St. Petersburg


Where was the pragmatic?

So now the editorial page extends to the front page banner headline? “On stage, passion, pragmatism blend” read the headline describing the Democratic debate. Gee, I must have missed the prevailing pragmatism amid the postulations. Medicare for all... pragmatic? Reparations... pragmatic? Unlimited trillions for competing “green deals”... pragmatic?

Tampa Bay Times, pragmatic, fair and nonpartisan? Not really.

David Price, Valrico


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