Don’t give away the state’s water
February letter of the month
Yet another example of elected officials shrugging off the wishes of their constituents and doing whatever they want. This time they are literally giving away a million gallons of water a day from Florida’s aquifer. Seven Springs and Nestle will pump, bottle and sell Florida’s life giving commodity and never pay the state, county or city a penny. If everyone is all about running government like a business, shouldn’t they first charge for the product? But instead they are giving it away. These representatives need to represent, or get out of the way for those who will.
Christina Aikman, St. Petersburg
The Russell-Jagger courthouse?
Debate persists on naming courthouse for late prosecutor | March 5
I understand some wish to name a building after the late Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe. I knew Bernie personally for decades and respected him a lot. He was a modest, humble servant of the people who only wanted to do the right thing. He would be offended, I think, to learn he was being given an honor I know in my heart he believed should be shared by two others — Bernie’s beloved mentor State Attorney James Russell and Robert Jagger — America’s first post-Gideon Public Defender. Together, for decades these two lions of the law carved out a modern Florida criminal justice system that became the role model for other jurisdictions all across this country. Some may be too young to know this, but I am old enough to know what names truly deserve to stand as a symbol of where we all came from as a community: Russell-Jagger.
Michael Tewell, Palm Harbor
Don’t hit the wall before the finish
Texas, other states ease virus rules despite warnings | March 3
I remember the inevitable “wall of pain” that would await me and other marathoners nearly at the finish of our 26.2-mile trek. In a marathon, “hitting the wall” is when you feel as if you just can’t take another step. It’s the moment when your body is hurting and you start to tell yourself that you just can’t go on. Governors of Texas, Mississippi and Alabama are hitting their own wall of pain regarding continuing prudent adherence to COVID-19 restrictions when we are nearly at the finish of the race. In the marathon one either steps off the course or digs deep to continue to the finish. Digging deep can be painful, but it’s what we must all do to finally eradicate this deadly disease.
George Chase, St. Pete Beach
Not so open
After Trump, a DeSantis bump | March 5
Gov. Ron DeSantis recently bragged about Florida being an oasis of freedom in these times of COVID-19 restrictions. Hmm. I visited the state capital recently and couldn’t visit either Capitol building because they were closed “due to COVID.” Other state facilities were closed as well. The governor’s mini-Trump act is disheartening and disingenuous.
Ines Parrish, Winter Park
Spend the money that’s been collected
County to refund sales…