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Florida proposed cancel culture law reeks of ‘totalitarian stranglehold’ | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature in March.
The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature in March. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Apr. 12
Updated Apr. 12

Republicans rule

State GOP pushes ‘intellectual diversity’ bill | April 8

Isn’t it ironic that the GOP, pushing this HB 233 thought-control survey bill, supposedly “to push back against cancel culture,” holds substantial majorities in our state’s House and Senate? When indomitable control of our state feels like “cancellation,” your perceptions might be a little suspect. The GOP — canceller of truth, elections, tens of millions of legal votes, Black and brown folks, women’s equality, living wages, our Constitution, ethics and responsible, accountable government. Yes, it’s very ironic.

This bill isn’t to push back against cancel culture. It’s to advance a totalitarian stranglehold in our already corrupt GOP one-party rule in Florida.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg

‘Cleanse the universities!’

State GOP pushes ‘intellectual diversity’ bill | April 8

Irrational numbers offend me, and they aren’t in my religious texts. In fact, those texts only include integers, so no proper fractions or even worse, no decimals in our universities and schools, please. Also, any measurement system that isn’t based on cubits is anathema. In another vein, we must remove any graven images from the sculpture curriculum and obscene body painting. No geology older than 6,000 years, or orbital mechanics, or any non-Earth centered astronomy, or what I consider dirty books in literature (just poll me). Quantum theory violates the laws of God, and bacteriology denies many miracles in which I absolutely believe, because demons cause most ailments. (Swamp air is also a minor danger in some areas.) Cleanse the universities and the libraries!

Fred Prince, Tampa

Mother Nature isn’t political

Piney Point releases to Tampa Bay rise above 170 million gallons | April 7

For years, too many conservatives have mocked environmentalist, calling them tree huggers or worse. Well, the environment doesn’t care what your political philosophy is. She has the last call and is going to do whatever she wants — Red Tide, algae blooms etc. The chickens have come home to roost, as the old saying goes. The environment requires attention. Stop finding solutions for problems that don’t exist and find solutions for the actual problems this state, country and world will be facing.

Carlos DeCisneros, Tampa

Yes, on carbon tax

Hey President Biden, where’s the carbon tax? | Editorial, April 6th

The Times editorial is on point. Reducing carbon emissions by pricing carbon makes the achievement of President Joe Biden’s climate goals more affordable, effective and quicker. By pricing carbon, rather than reams of new regulations or subsidies, we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions 30% in just five years and put the country on a path to net zero emissions by 2050.

Pricing carbon establishes the economic incentive to develop new and cleaner technologies. New technologies create incremental jobs, grow the economy, and save hundreds of thousands of lives through improved air quality. Biden does not need to look far for a model. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Charlie Crist, both from Florida, is an excellent one. The bill prices carbon and returns 100% of the funds collected to citizens. Biden should embrace this policy approach. The majority of voters support carbon pricing, and many businesses support it, as the Times editorial outlines. He should take advantage of this wide support to include carbon pricing as part of his approach. The costs of inaction for Floridians rise with each passing day.

Bill Marshall, St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay needs help

Piney Point wastewater releases to Tampa Bay slow substantially, state says | April 8

Tampa Bay Watch is greatly concerned for the safety of our residents in Manatee and Hillsborough counties and the health of Tampa Bay as a result of the industrial water discharge from the Piney Point facility. The “plume” of discharged water, containing nitrogen, phosphorous and ammonia, will eventually move to the open waters of Tampa Bay and create harmful algae blooms. If a catastrophic release of stack water occurs, the contaminants will flow into eastern Bishop Harbor, part of the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve, resulting in significant environmental damage to the shallow seagrass beds, oyster bars and mangroves forests.

Many of Tampa Bay Watch’s ongoing bay restoration projects are located immediately adjacent to Piney Point in both Terra Ceia and the Cockroach Bay aquatic preserves. We are working with our governmental and nonprofit partners to monitor conditions and impacts to these projects and to the health of Tampa Bay. For up-to-date information, visit FDEP Protecting Florida Together at https://protectingfloridatogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate.

Tampa Bay Watch urges Gov. Ron DeSantis, members of the state Legislature and our congressional delegation to address the long-term environmental implications of older processing facilities on the shores of Tampa Bay and throughout the state. Improvements to the Tampa Bay estuary for the benefit of marine life, residents and our economy made over the past three decades must not be lost.

Peter A. Clark, president and founder, Tampa Bay Watch