Brevard County is NOT WISER
On December 7, 2021, Brevard County Commissioners decided to disregard all recommendations of the Innovative Solar Energy Resources Task Force (WISER). This working group was set up by the Commissioners on November 19, 2019.
The commissioners agreed to initiate this effort and they agreed to spend approximately $6,000 to pay for county staff support. After all that, the commissioners settled for a fairly quick dismissal of the recommendations and had no desire to sue the task force.
Talk about a waste of time and money. Maybe they were just trying to greenwash the election. Obviously they don’t care about clean energy. The commissioners received a document containing numerous recommendations and details on how to implement them. They gave no acknowledgment to the document. They could have at least said thank you and provided the document to the staff for reference.
Instead, Brevard County leaders are simply sticking their heads in the sand and ignoring the fact that the world (including Brevard County) needs to transition to clean energy.
Bill DeBusk, West Melbourne
Faced with the facts about NATO, Putin
In response to Mr. Nolan’s January 25 letter regarding Putin and NATO, some facts are needed.
First, the purpose of NATO is “to provide collective security against the Soviet Union.” Therefore, it would be quite impossible to invite Russia to join NATO as their raison d’etre is to monitor Russia’s nefarious actions. That’s why Putin wants NATO to “disappear” and so Trump tried to push the US out.
Second, rather than improving relations with Russia, Trump has become Putin’s puppet, refusing to even confront him about paying the Taliban to kill American soldiers. After all, they were “losers and suckers” anyway.
Third, Trump coerced Mitch McConnell into asking Republican senators to lift sanctions against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. These sanctions were damaging the Russian economy and Putin was desperate to have them lifted. Trump made his offer.
Doing research can teach us many things. Then maybe people will find out that critical race theory is only taught in certain law school classes, so there’s no need to have laws banning it in public schools.
Susan Termini, Merritt Island
Ten years of death not enough
I agree with recent columnist Martin Sabelli, regarding the case of truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, that 110 years was too long in prison for the car homicide deaths of four innocent people.
But I also believe that 10 years was far too little.
Sabelli praises the merits of the five million who signed a petition. Who were they? Eight million people are employed by the trucking industry, and minorities often cry “bias” (I’ve heard it firsthand) about things that aren’t about race or ethnicity at all. Five million is not much, considering an adult population of over 260 million and a total of over 330 million – less than 2% of the adult population,
Was Colorado Governor Jared Polis Seeking Minority Votes? And why did Mr. Sabelli do what the defense attorneys do on the Opinion page, where certain facts have been omitted?
Police say Aguilera-Mederos was going over 85 mph downhill where the speed limit was 45. He foolishly never tested his brakes. He overshot a “getaway truck” ramp, which could have saved four lives and a lot of property loss. Only 10 years old? Give me a break.
The owner of the truck line should also go to jail. According to federal records, the company’s trucks have a history of brake-related issues and violations. Why? The only logical answer is to save money.
KD “Don” Williams, Palm Bay
Right to vote or one-party rule forever?
U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are currently delaying any changes to the U.S. Senate Rules to Legislative Filibuster Procedure.
What are they saving us from?
Ultimately, the so-called Voter Rights Act, already passed in the US House, which would be filibustered in the Senate, requiring 60 votes to even make it to debate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and President Biden support the temporary or permanent elimination of the filibuster rule in the Senate, to allow the bill to pass. the right to vote by simple majority. But without the votes of Sinema and/or Manchin, Senate Democrats don’t have a simple majority.
How dangerous is the Voting Rights Act? The Democrat-designed legislation would, among other provisions:
· Prohibit voter identification requirements and prohibits identification requirements for mail-in or mail-in ballots.
· Allow voter registration on election day and online registration without proof of identity.
· Limits voter eligibility and qualification checks during voter registration list audits.
· A name in any state or federal database is used to authenticate a voter registration request.
· Felon voting rights returned upon release from prison.
· States must provide drop boxes for absentee ballots, with no security protocol required.
· Allows the collection of ballot papers.
· Provides public funding to congressional candidates and federalizes the drawing of congressional district boundaries.
If the above provisions were ever to be implemented, free and fair elections would no longer be. Extremely left-leaning Democrats desperately want to eliminate voter ID validation of ballots.
I pray that Sinema and Manchin hold their ground.
Ed Taylor, Satellite Beach
Thanks for the letters from caring writers
Kudos to FLORIDA TODAY for making my day on January 25 with letters to the editor from four wise, educated, caring, and thoughtful writers: Francis Clifford, Rick Donaldson, Sandra Gardner, and Anita Moore.
Florida would be a much healthier and happier place to live with people like these in charge. Thank you.
Karen Ramsey, Melbourne