Letters Storing polluted water is no solution

Storing polluted

water is no solution

Regarding Lake O water discharges: As an engineer, I do not believe that storage of polluted water south of the lake is a good solution to the problem. What happens long term to a lake full of polluted water with no outflow?

The only long-term solution is to reduce the sources of the pollution. Sen. Joe Negron’s proposed solution may work politically for him because most people don’t understand groundwater hydraulics.


Follow Maryland’s

lead; ban fracking

Bravo to Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, “Governor signs fracking ban into law” (Wednesday). Wouldn’t it be great if our Gov. Rick Scott could champion the same law to be certain we do not permit fracking here in our beautiful state of Florida?

For those who may not be familiar with this term, it is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.

Permitting of fracking in Florida endangers our precious natural resource, water. This is unacceptable and wrong for all Florida residents as well as the wildlife habitat that will be affected.


Trump’s donation

a cheap PR ploy

Is President Donald Trump’s three-month salary donation of $78,000 an attempt to make him look like a champion of the National Park Service while slashing $2 billion from the Department of Interior?

The damage he has done by allowing logging and drilling on public lands is horrendous. This paltry donation is a cheap public relations move to make him appear magnanimous and noble.


Consider refugees’

lives; open the door

There are so many opinions today about the concerns regarding refugees. Everyone has an opinion — the politician, the scholar, the professor, all the way down to the barista. We all think we have good reasons for taking the stance we do. I think our opinions are most affected by our proximity.

This year on Feb. 21 was my family’s 16th anniversary entering this country as refugees. I still remember, as a child, the excitement of receiving the news that we would be going to the U.S. There was so much uncertainty getting off the plane, looking at so many new things. I had never seen so many lights in one place. As I look back, I am so thankful to have been given the chance to start a new life and become a contributing citizen.

Where we come from affects what we believe. Why do we feel threatened by what we don’t understand, yet refuse to learn, listen and ask questions?

Fear closes the door. Love and camaraderie provide opportunity.

I think it is wonderful that Starbucks has responded to the refugee ban with a commitment to open its doors. Why boycott a place that is providing a needed space?


Prosecutor can’t

cherry-pick laws

Gov. Rick Scott made the right decision in removing (Orange-Osceola) State Attorney Aramis Ayala from capital cases. If she is opposed to the death penalty, why didn’t she make her feelings known before the election, not after?

She was elected to uphold all state laws, not just the ones she agrees with. What if she disagrees with state laws regarding rape, arson, pedophilia or anything else? Does she then just unilaterally decide not to enforce the law?

Regardless of whether she is in favor of the death penalty, it remains the law in Florida, and as an elected official she doesn’t have the option to pick and choose which laws she will enforce and which she will not.


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