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Hidden danger

lurks at Lake O

Bass fishermen, speck fishermen, duck hunters and birders be aware that there is a hidden danger that looms with the completion of the needed improvements to Lake Okeechobee’s levees.

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To avoid dumping to the coasts, the pressure will likely mount on water managers to retain more water in our lake, a killer for our marshes.

This lake was never meant to be a deep lake, and the main way it recovers from our abusive phosphorus inflows is with its thriving plant growth.

The current lake level schedule, painfully arrived at by the damaging high water levels of the late ’90s, now keeps a healthy lake nominally between 13.5 and 15.5 feet above sea level. During those high-water years, fishing was so bad, we found ourselves gathering at the last remnant of our marsh near Lake Port.

Our current lake level schedule is best. Other methods must be found to retain water.


Editor’s note: Head is former commissioner of the Water Resources Analysis Coalition, South Florida Water Management District.

Experiment didn’t

represent conditions

Jim Marshall’s letter, “Experiment says seas won’t rise at all” (Monday), has got it all backward, as have all climate deniers.

The reality is that we have a bunch of ice right now; we are not going to freeze and refreeze the current contents of the oceans.

The correct experiment is to fill the saucer entirely with ice, add water so it is at the brim of the saucer, let the ice melt, and see if the melted ice, now water, goes over the top. It did when I did it.

Once you start melting the current ice on the planet there is no doubt that the seas will rise.



Trump can’t fake

way through talks

According to a Washington Post story on March 15, President Trump boasted in a speech at a fundraiser the previous day that he made up information in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada without knowing whether it was true or not.

Trudeau told Trump there was no trade deficit. Trump insisted there was and said: “Wrong, Justin, you do.” Trump later admitted: “I didn’t even know, I had no idea.”

Concerning the North Korean meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump said, “I’m very well prepared,” further explaining that “the outcome depends less on preparation than ‘attitude’ and a “willingness to get things done.”

You can be sure the North Korean “dear leader” will be well versed in how to praise and manipulate Donald Trump to get concessions from the U.S. while not giving Trump the prize of denuclearization. Kim Jong Un cannot appear to look weak or giving in to what he considers unacceptable U. S. demands.

As reported many times before, our president’s briefings need to be simple and short because of his lack of focus, short attention span and faulty memory. I would like peace on the Korean peninsula to become a reality, but I fear that Trump will bluff and lie his way through these negotiations just as he did with Justin Trudeau.


Trump deserves credit

credit for N. Korea

It would be great if you could say something nice about our President Donald Trump. He is the first president in many years to break the ice with North Korea.


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