Letters and comments: July 15, 2021
Manatee deaths speak of “much bigger” problem
As saddened as we are all by the increasing number of manatee deaths, we must keep in mind that this is only a symptom of a much larger problem.
The water quality not only kills manatees, but also dolphins, snooks, trout, crabs, etc. Scientists say it’s the buildup of phosphorus, manure, nitrogen, and algae blooms, but let’s face the facts. The real reason is a complete lack of commitment on the part of federal, state and local governments.
The government is the reason we don’t have fertilizer laws, restrictions on septic tanks, sewer hook-ups, poorly maintained sewage treatment plants and uncontrolled developments adjacent to the lagoon.
When our lawmakers stand up for water quality and the grass begins to return, we will once again have an estuary that will make us proud. Until then, we will all continue to volunteer our time and effort, but our primary partner is on vacation.
Donald Thomas, Melbourne Beach
Copy the British way of restraining migrants
The UK has a new idea as a way to curb immigrants coming to their shores illegally. He wants to drive asylum seekers back to sea or send them abroad while their protection claims are processed, a measure intended to deter migrants from crossing the Channel by small boat. Seems familiar? Yes, President Trump had the policy of maintaining Mexico which now President Biden has removed. It must be restored immediately.
Another idea that I love Britain wants to do is to create a bill that would make “knowingly” entering Britain without permission a felony punishable by up to four years. prison and would also give those arriving on approved routes the benefit of having their applications reviewed. . This would deter migrants from making the perilous journey through Mexico to the United States
Their Home Secretary believes the legislation would help fix an ineffective asylum system. In the United States, we are currently facing a horrific border crisis with human trafficking, drug trafficking and cartels making millions of dollars out of our ineffective asylum system. By implementing these measures, we could deter the growing number of people crossing our southern border, which is expected to reach one million people by the end of the years.
JoAnn Miller, Cocoa Beach
Why did the CPAC crowd applaud the anti-vaxx talk?
At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas last weekend, crowds cheered after a prominent Republican conservative said, “The government was hoping it could somehow get 90% of the population to get vaccinated. , and that does not happen. “
When did applause for a fatal respiratory illness become a thing? Cuba reported 6,423 new cases and 42 deaths on Monday, some of the highest numbers in the country yet, and we Floridians can no longer get the daily cases or death data from the Florida Department of Health, which publishes instead this data every week. I guess Governor DeSantis thinks ignorance is bliss, or keeping the public ignorant is. Meanwhile, COVID cases and deaths are increasing in the largely unvaccinated Southeastern Republican states.
The Republicans’ anti-vaxx political push is a terrible curse on the country. It threatens the lives and livelihoods of every unvaccinated American. The personalities of Primetime Fox, Newsmax and AON sing an anti-vax death mermaid song to an audience that can’t seem to tell the truth from the big lies they peddle. This is how we fail as a country. By no longer believing in the science or the institutions that made America the absolute envy of the world.
With the growing decline in immunization rates and the inability to cope with the failed January 6 insurgency, we look a lot like the rest of the world as a third world country. How far can we go?
Jeff Dorman, Satellite Beach
The exodus of Texas Demos is cowardly
The Texas Democrats who got off the ship and flew to Washington on Monday did not make a quick decision.
This maneuver required some pre-planning; it did not happen at the last minute.
Arranging for charter jet transport is not something you can do quickly. It takes a while to prepare for a flight of this magnitude, with 50 people plus baggage, flight plans, aircraft availability and many other things that need to happen. Flight crews need time to plan the trip and get clearances, so how far away has this action really started from the Democrats in Texas who have left town?
Add to that the big reception in DC, and the Demos’ press conference there just hours before President Biden’s speech on Tuesday in Philadelphia on voting rights.
For me, it was cowardly action designed to get great media coverage; to say, “Look what we’ve done.” Really, what have they done other than disrupt a state legislative session in the name of cheap publicity and a slap on the head of the ultra-left?
Call it whatever you like, but I bet that’s not what they were elected to do, it’s just what they chose to do. It would be a sure way to lose my vote.
Gary Branch, Melbourne Beach