BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Lately it seems like politics has turned everyone against each other. From Facebook and television rants from both sides of the presidential debate right down to Charlotte and Lee County primaries … if someone’s goal in the upper hierarchy is to rip us asunder, they are succeeding.
There have been two examples of that in our area lately, just in local government. Examples that make me want to pound my head into the nearest wall, wondering just what has happened to taking an appointed or elected position seriously.
To the Editor:
I wish to add my name to those objecting to the ditch along the bike path. It runs from 40th to 48th street, and as Jane Caple wrote ‘it is a green, slimy and smelly mess.’ All the work Lee County did only deepened the ditch to store more water. It appears that the drains which should take away the water are almost fully clogged. Their work only made the situation worse. Perhaps if GICIA and Chamber personnel would travel the path in a golf cart, they would be more aware of the problem.
Southwest Florida is a national treasure, and also a personal treasure to every voting adult who is smart enough, and lucky enough to live here. As a fishing guide, then a novelist, I've enjoyed forty years in the area, but I have also traveled to enough troubled, far flung places to know the importance of solid, responsible and thoughtful leadership. It is for this reason I urge voters from all parties to give serious consideration to a man who is among the smartest, most decent and responsible candidates Florida has ever produced: Chauncey Goss.
BY NOAH AGLES -
Electric vehicles are good for the environment. People should know about the benefits of driving green, which will help us in the long run. I am an environmentalist and care very much about our ecosystem. Planet Earth is more sensitive than you would think. It reacts in different ways depending on what we do to it. Electric cars run on electricity and are CO2 free. They do not use fossil fuels, which hurt our environment, both land and sea. Gas powered cars run on an engine, and pollute everywhere they go. That is a huge comparison.
The PTTS will never understand how we feel. The people who plunder for gain will never understand those who grew up loving it and striving to protect it. They will never understand what it feels like to be a little girl catching her first tarpon with her daddy, nor the joy that it brought to her daddy’s face. They will never understand the men who come from generations of fishermen who have captained these waters and provided for their families giving thousands of people the thrill of their lives, fighting the great silver king. They will never understand the quiet pride these men have for the Pass and for each other. They will never understand how considerate, protective or passionate these captains are, because they have done nothing but come into the area with a complete disregard for it’s history. They cannot understand the look in their father’s eyes when he realizes the truth of it’s deterioration. They will never understand being from a place where once you have left it, it lives in your heart forever. They will never understand the sense of community or family, nor our fierce desire to protect it. And so we keep fighting until we conserve and protect our heritage. Period.
Susanne Darna Dudley
Tallahassee (formerly of Boca Grande)
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