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)
Dear Brenda Barton of “The Villages?”
I too am a wife and mother of fishing guides, third and fourth generation Boca Grande guides to be precise. I have supported this island’s businesses and it’s community for 40 years. Unfortunately, you can say all you want, my dear, but it doesn’t make what you say true.
Uncalled for attack? Excuse me, but we have let your offspring take over a 100-year-old fishery and decimate it of its large breeding female tarpon.
Revenue dollars??? That is a stretch.
There are extreme measures taken in the handling of the tarpon while gaffing, dragging, weighing and lifting them out of the water for a photo op. I agree, that is extreme.
Respectfully handling the (bumper) boats? What Pass are you in? The pounding of the tarpon by these boats as soon as they rise to take air into their rudimentary lung is nothing short of an assault.
I cannot go any further. Your letter is an insult to my intelligence.
Kathy Y. Futch
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