I’m sorry that a recent letter writer thinks I’m “this same old letter writer who continually bashes anyone affiliated with a political party he does not agree with.” Sadly, one party has controlled the Florida Legislature since 1996, that being 20 years. In good conscience, I could not blame the “other” party when indeed it is not in their power to affect change.
What does the letter writer mean by “old” letter writer anyway? Hmm, should I be insulted?
The discussion was about water quality, not the height of Lake Okeechobee. The Republican legislature has time and again cut funds voted for by the electorate to control the lake pollution etc., and used them elsewhere. For example, the Adams family farm, conveniently sold land for over $25 million after an appraisal of $5.5 million. It was then rented back to the owner at an alarmingly low rate with tax credits. Republican office holder and political figure Adam Putnam, the commissioner of agriculture, sort of reminds me of big sugar and their sweetheart deals, and of course, both entities contribute mightily to their party.
Education: After cutting the education budget by $3.6 billion in 2011, the governor (in an election year) now offers a large increase that is still leaving the per-pupil investment lower than the 2011 rate, which is a net loss, but nobody points out that fact!
Finally, irony strikes: recent Democratic and Republican polls both have proffered that the support of the two presidential parties today can be broken down to one party, the educated supporters versus the less educated of the other party. A perusal of most newspapers will recount which is which, and if you are a reader, you already know.
George Unger, Wellington