Letters: ‘Glades ‘solution’ will cause more problems

‘Glades ‘solution’ will

cause more problems

The color of pollution is due to the extensive use of chemicals in agribusiness (sugar) and to the improper waste disposal of by-products from farming and ranching. These activities are killing Lake Okeechobee and surrounding natural water systems on a massive scale.

The solution, according to politicians and the Army Corps of Engineers, is to buy back land and create a reservoir to contain the slime. This is just creating another problem, not fixing it. At a cost to the public of billions of dollars. Government subsidies to wasteful corporate practices and industrial farming must end.

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We must start rewarding water conservation and send the message that water cannot be polluted and wasted. The Everglades needs to be redirected back to its natural flow and the people impacted by this pollution should be the ones fixing the Everglades and surrounding water systems. A public-private partnership could create well-paying jobs to fix this problem once and for all.

We should be respecting the way nature has distributed water throughout the Everglades system instead of trying to tame, alter and control one of the most unique areas to suit special interests needs.


Nonpartisans should

not get say in primary

I highly disagree with the letter “NPA voters shut out of primaries” (Tuesday).

Primary elections are “partisan business matters” conducted by the members of Republican and Democratic parties. This is how the main political parties select their slate of candidates for a general election.

If you choose not to be a member of either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, why do you feel entitled to vote in Republican or Democratic primary elections?

Using religion as an example, why should a rabbi or ordained minister (of any faith) be allowed to have a say as to who will become the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church? The obvious answer is: They can’t; they’re not members of the Roman Catholic Church.

In short, you have to be a member of a political party to participate in the selection process. So, if you really want to vote in primary elections, get off the fence and pick a political party.


Progressive ideas

benefit everyone

Is a progressive agenda the same as socialism?

Hardly. Ask yourself, and be honest. Is health care for all a bad thing? Is a livable $15 minimum wage out of line? Are breathable air and drinkable water something your children and grandchildren don’t deserve? Is keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally impaired a bad thing? Is it wrong for every child to have a great education and the opportunity to become a highly functioning member of society?

The answer to these questions, in my mind, is easy. They are not, by any stretch of the imagination, socialism. I’m not sure they are even rightfully labeled progressive. Perhaps they should be called common-sense initiatives because, in reality, that is what they are.

If the Democrats truly want a blue tsunami in November and again in 2020 they must openly embrace these initiatives. Middle-of-the-road centrists can no longer be viable candidates because this country is just too divided.

Whether there is a blue tsunami, or not, one thing is perfectly clear: Going to a gunfight with a knife is no way to win the battle. Democrats must proudly stand for the common-sense principles that made America great or watch its surrender to the radical right-wing politics that have divided it.


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