The world trembles before the mighty Russian bear
A bear roams your property, endangering the tranquility and safety of your home. You are alarmed, but your neighbor across the street is unaware of this episode.
Day after day, more havoc, now threatening the very life of your family. What to do? Check with your association of co-owners, that’s all!
But you are told there is nothing they can do. Then what ? Ask your neighbor for help, what else?
Your neighbor sends bug spray and firecrackers, but they don’t deter the emboldened bear. You advocate for better ways to defend your family. More firecrackers and insect repellents are coming.
The bear has left your house in ruins. Fearing for their lives, you send your spouse and children out of town with only the clothes on their backs.
You stay to defend yourself against increasingly violent attacks. Your neighbors sympathize but do not want to upset the big ones”hectn” providing what you need to counter the onslaught.
What must Volodymyr Zelensky think of his neighbors? What must the citizens of civilized society think of mighty NATO and the trembling United States in their boots?
How can we look in the mirror and allow Vladimir Putin to devastate Ukraine?
William Tafoya, Sarasota
Pro-business, anti-local government bill
Florida’s SB 620, the Local Business Protection Act, passed by the Republican-majority legislature and pending the governor’s signature, puts business rights above the voting rights of Florida citizens.
That’s no surprise, because the Florida Republican Party really doesn’t want its own party members making decisions about how their communities are governed. In Sarasota, the party failed in its attempt to prevent voters from choosing their local county commissioners.
This dreadful bill, SB 620, would allow companies to sue municipalities and counties that have passed local regulations that result in a company losing 15% of profits.
So, for example, if the commissioners were to pass an ordinance that supported the quality of life enjoyed by the majority Republican citizens of Longboat Key, a local business could take legal action to block it. It is hard to believe that a lawmaker from any party would support legislation that would deprive local citizens of the right to govern their own community.
This legislation is a sauce for lawyers and a nightmare for local governments.
Call or email Governor Ron DeSantis to ask him to veto this legislation: 850-717-9337 or [email protected]
F. Lowell Curtis, Longboat Key and Bethany Beach, Delaware
Prefer Selby ‘before’ to Selby ‘after’
Your report on the changes to Selby Gardens had good “after” photos, but none of the “before” car park, when we could park under the trees with a view of the water and the picnic tables on the slope (“Selby Gardens begins vertical construction for its renovation project,” April 20).
For decades I was a member of Selby and enjoyed concerts under the banyan trees – until one Sunday when we were told to put away our homemade snack and Zsolnay china.
Only food purchased from vendors could be consumed. After that, we had our snack at a picnic table near the parking lot before entering.
Selby hides behind solar energy as it destroys trees and supplies the restaurant industry. A botanical garden is not a restaurant.
The roofs of already existing buildings could become solar powered. In stormy weather, buildings are safer under the treetops.
Jean Kathleen Ranallo, Englewood
Crack down on drivers with noisy engines
How to deal with the problem of noise from motor vehicle exhaust gases?
No matter where I go, I hear cars and motorcycles revving their engines or accelerating with their modified mufflers designed to create louder noise than necessary.
I would ask other annoyed citizens to speak up on this issue and ask our legislators to revise noise abatement laws to reduce permitted motor vehicle exhaust levels.
I also request that our law enforcement officials actively enforce said laws. There are certainly many current offenders.
I understand vehicles that attempt to merge into traffic and reach speed limits without creating a hazard to traffic. This can certainly be done without modified exhaust systems created for ego or adrenaline rushes of loud noise.
Many of us like to live in our quiet communities, but the quiet is very often disturbed at all hours by the noise of motor vehicles several blocks away.
Jerry Hahn, Sarasota
Governor will not tolerate dissidents
It’s absolutely frightening to me that Disney, despite everything disney world served on the State of Florida, is being punished for daring to express his disagreement with the governor and his legislature.
It goes against everything I have ever been taught about the “Land of the Free”. Am I in danger now for speaking my mind?
Jane Springrose, Bradenton