Fluoride move and Pritchett’s hubris
Reference is created to Tyler Vazquez’s excellent July 7 article in FLORIDA Today. I suspect the the greater part of consumers who use water from the Mims Drinking water Treatment method facility are sick and tired of hearing about and examining about fluoride. I know I am.
County Commission Chair Rita Pritchett apologized for her preliminary blunder, then turned all over and made a decision to mail a survey to Mims h2o customers to vote on whether to reinstate incorporating fluoride to water. Do you suppose she ran that by other commissioners? Also, Pritchett is demanding an absurd two-thirds the vast majority vote to restore fluoride. She’s executing almost everything she can to preserve encounter. Does Pritchett know lots of clients spend drinking water expenses on the net? They will not have an possibility to vote. Also, there are many who are living in rental homes using Mims drinking water. Do you imagine landlords will trouble to vote?
As Dwight Seigler pointed out, all of this could have been handled at a fee assembly. That is how all this begun. In its place, there is the price tag of printing surveys and the cost to prospects to mail again the surveys.
As Mr. Vazquez pointed out, Pritchett said, “I feel I am going to get a supermajority back again telling me they don’t want it. There is just a worry to want to pause a little even though.” What hubris.
I marvel in which other commissioners stand on this concern. I have not witnessed nor listened to any remarks from any of them. I wonder why. Of course, they do not are living in Mims. Neither does Rita Pritchett.
William L. Partitions, M.D., Mims
IRL is likely not ‘most diverse’ estuary
I was delighted with the enthusiasm of Susan Hammerling-Hodgers’ guest column about mastering new matters about the lagoon.
One merchandise, on the other hand, that I wished she had not “learned” about the lagoon was her assertion that “We are blessed with North America’s most diverse estuary with a lot more than 2,100 species of plants and 2,200 animals.” This myth has been repeated for decades in the media, government reports, peer-reviewed scientific literature, sites, signage at community attractions, and — I suspect — in several requests for funding.
There is no scientific assistance for the declare of comparative biodiversity. We know only that the lagoon has far more mollusks than have been claimed for Chesapeake Bay, Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay, Tampa Bay, and Nichupte Lagoon (Mexico) but there are quite a few much more estuaries in North The usa with which comparisons have not been built. We know also that there are much more species of moss animals (yet another team of invertebrate animals) right here than in Chesapeake Bay. That’s it. No extra. Two out of dozens upon dozens of varieties of animals and plants.
We absolutely require to know more about biodiversity of the lagoon, but we don’t need baseless bragging rights that only distract us from the important places of emphasis required to restore wellbeing to our lagoon. And we do not need to have seemingly scientific statements that have no guidance and that have the possible to undermine self esteem in the fine science that has been carried out and is ongoing right now.
I am not faulting the writer by her inclusion of this prevalent fantasy in an outstanding piece.
Richard L. Turner, Melbourne
In which does Seminole gambling earnings go?
I have viewed tiny reported about the Seminole Nation gambling profits.
How lots of associates does the Nation have and how considerably gross revenue and net earnings do person Seminoles derived each yr and how significantly tax income goes to the condition? Does the Country share profits with other tribes? Underneath the proposed modifications, what is the Nation’s estimate income for the 5 several years that it is guaranteeing Florida? These are difficulties FLORIDA These days requires to research.
Also, the condition wishes to tighten the guidelines on adjustments to its structure to make it harder to set this sort of initiatives on the ballot. The Republican-controlled Legislature and Florida’s governor, all wonderful conservatives, have disregarded the intent of its constitution pertaining to felon voting rights (presumably simply because of the selection of minorities who would likely vote Democrat), marijuana and gambling. Following our fraud-cost-free 2020 elections, voting presumably now desires reform. Why?
Anthony Carrollo, Cape Canaveral