Living inside the cone | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
This is what the cone looked like as of Sept. 26, two days before Hurricane Ian hit southwest Florida hard.
This is what the cone looked like as of Sept. 26, two days before Hurricane Ian hit southwest Florida hard. [ National Hurricane Center ]
Published Oct. 5|Updated Oct. 5

Living inside the cone

A late call to flee | Oct. 2

Everyone in hurricane country wants to know: How big? How strong? Will it hit my area? But as Hurricanes Ian and Charley dramatically demonstrated, when a storm is in the Gulf of Mexico, no one truly knows. A multitude of changing atmospheric conditions can affect their strength, size and path. Thus, we need to focus on the cone of uncertainty. Ian landed within the southern area of the cone. NOAA got it right. Officials need to stress that residents must be prepared to fend for themselves for up to five days in evacuation areas. Part of living in Florida means preparation and occasionally disrupting one’s daily schedule between May and December.

Robert H. More, Riverview

The cost of denial

Cut off from the world | Oct. 3

We live in fragile Florida. Unfortunately we live in a state that has been run by climate change deniers. How many years have the people in charge ignored scientists’ warnings of what was coming? There have been decades when planning could have been done with the commitment to saving lives. Our leaders voted against infrastructure bills, hurricane relief money to New Jersey and Medicaid expansion to support people in need. Now those same leaders are demanding federal money for disaster relief and rebuilding. They scoffed at transportation money, infrastructure money, COVID money and Medicaid money that would have built protection from poverty and climate change.

Penny Winkle, St. Petersburg

Make polluters pay

How climate change impacts hurricanes like Ian | Oct. 2

We’ve known about carbon emissions causing planetary warming for over a century, but have managed to push it to the back of our minds and our plans. Now that we can see the effects right in our faces, it’s time to really take action. The Inflation Reduction Act is a good start, but an even better move would be to put a gradually increasing price on carbon emissions at the well or mine and return the funds to consumers. This would ask fossil fuel companies to pay for the damage they’ve knowingly done for decades and protect us from rising prices. It would give us the incentive to choose now more inexpensive renewable energy and electrification. A border tax adjustment, which would apply to other countries without a carbon fee, would protect our businesses and would spur them to also establish such a fee. Our children and grandchildren will thank us for leaving them a more livable planet.

Maggie Wineburgh-Freed, Los Angeles


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