Charge for carbon
Floridians see signs of flood insurance hikes | March 16
Stopping climate change requires a price on carbon. Many react by saying, “I don’t want to pay more.” But as the article “Floridians see signs of flood insurance hikes” indicates, costs are going to change because of climate change. And it is not just flood insurance. It is homeowner’s insurance, and it is state and local taxes to pay for adaptation and remediation. We can save ourselves from some of these cost increases by pricing carbon along the lines of the Carbon Fee and Dividend Act (EICDA). Under EICDA all monies collected will be rebated back to citizens each month. That makes pricing carbon smart, and free because of the rebate for most Americans. No insurance company or government is going to refund our money for climate change-induced higher prices.
John Mason Morfit, Gulfport
Florida’s plan worked
Tallahassee needs to get its priorities straight | Column, March 15
Concerning the column in the Times by Eunic Ortiz, it’s plain wrong that Ortiz claims that Florida’s Legislature (which she points out is run by Republicans) has no COVID policy or concern. Maybe that’s because COVID policy had been set in 2020 and has been ongoing since then. Where was this “communications” professor during the dozens of public appearances and news conferences by Gov. Ron DeSantis specifically about COVID? As a result of the state not relying only on county health departments to get the vaccinations done, the state contracted with numerous drug store pharmacies. I was therefore able to get my COVID vaccination along with millions of others in my over-65 age bracket, otherwise I’d still be waiting or perhaps even dead.
Fortunately, after health officials and first responders were given the vaccinations, priority shifted to those with the highest percentages of COVID deaths. Professor Ortiz should move to New York or New Jersey where she’ll apparently be more comfortable with how Democrats have kept schools and businesses closed, while their COVID stats and economies are worse off than Florida’s.
Doug Kelly, Clearwater
Who’s bailing out whom?
A letter writer laments, errantly: “In a nutshell, Florida taxpayers will now be paying for the untenable management decisions by lawmakers in liberal states. As a country, we do entirely too much of this — bailing out those who continue to make bad decisions and look for others to remedy their problems.”
The writer isn’t aware that for the second time in 13 years, it’s blue states bailing the nation out of a disaster made by red states? Do the research. Red states are consistently the “takers” of vast sums of federal tax revenue extracted from Blue states — the “makers”. A 2017 Associated Press fact check article stated: “Republican leaders have spent months promoting the myth that red low-tax states are subsidizing blue high-tax states because of the deduction for state and local taxes. An Associated Press Fact Check finds it’s actually the other way around. High-tax, traditionally Democratic states (blue), subsidize low-tax, traditionally Republican states (red) — in a big way.”
Don’t be so quick to swallow GOP propaganda.
Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg
Strengthen immigration laws
As migrant surge picks up pace, GOP, Democrats swap blame | March 16
The immigration laws currently on the books obviously do not work. Do we as a country really want to accept the thousands who cross our southern boarder every day? Are we going to prioritize the needs of our country from the skill-sets of those desiring to become U.S. citizens? Whatever we decide needs to be law, and that law needs to be enforced, period. Having millions of people in our country without citizenship or legal status only becomes another opportunity a few years down the road for the mass waiving of our immigration laws and granting citizenship for millions who may not be the best fit for our country’s needs. We need strong, all encompassing immigration laws that will last for years, and we need to enforce them.
E Seward, Odessa