EXECUTIONS

 

USE FIRING SQUADS


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The drug companies object to the state’s use of their drugs “off label” and want their products to have nothing to do with execution protocols.

In my view, society needs to consider going back to the firing squad.

No one could argue that bullets would absolutely be used in accordance to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Richard Wishart, Jacksonville

PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT

IT MAKES SENSE

“You say tomatoes, I say tomahtoes.”

We’re singing our version of that old song right now.

Some say environmental protections, some say burdensome regulations.

But there are questions that are buried within those labels:

Protection for whom?

Burdensome for whom?

Here it is from my perspective:

Protection is first and foremost for our children and grandchildren.

It’s about clean air and water.

The other argument is that they’re not protections at all; they’re actually burdensome regulations, a drag on the economy, protections vs. jobs.

OK, so it’s about the economy.

In Florida, the economy depends on tourism and agriculture. Without clean air and water, neither one works.

Green jobs grew in 2016 at a rate 12 times greater than the expansion of the U.S. economy as a whole.

Health costs, repair costs, disaster costs are all huge expenses in an unprotected environment.

So in my world, environmental protections are for the sake of both our children’s future and the economy.

If you’re a small business owner, there may be particular regulations that make your livelihood difficult.

That’s very different from the huge profits and destructive capacity of a fossil fuel industry that can’t sustain us over the long haul.

Let’s not confuse the two.

Some environmental protections benefit us all. Some undoubtedly have a specific cost for people who are not reeling in huge corporate profits.

We need a nuanced conversation that looks at the specifics.

Who will benefit?

Who will be harmed?

What sacrifices need to be made?

What will be the cost — and to whom?

Slinging labels won’t get us anywhere.

Only civil conversation based on mutual curiosity and respect can do that.

Nancy-Laurel Pettersen, Jacksonville

WIDENING A1A

SIX LANES ARE NEEDED

I anticipate a spirited attendance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Tuesday at 7 p.m. An independent firm hired by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization will present the results of a new traffic study and recommend improvements to area roadways.

Despite the claim that this is just an initial study of a long-range goal, I suspect tempers will be flaring!

After all the hoopla settles down and people realize the need to six-lane A1A, a solution to the funding of this $33 million plan is plain and simple. And this is far from the only issue raising eyebrows.

Assuming that its design is as accommodating to good taste as a highway can be, using an earmarked gas tax will pay it off in no time.

As gas prices fall with domestic production of oil in great supply, the new tax will consume any decreases in gas prices with a net zero effect on your wallet.

Problem fixed.

Now let’s get the county to stop letting developers destroy our green spaces.

Michael Switkes, Ponte Vedra Beach

VITTI’S DEPARTURE

he wasn’t the problem

I heard the sad news.

Nikolai Vitti is going to leave as superintendent of the Duval County Public Schools, and the School Board won’t make a counteroffer to keep him.

What does that say about the School Board? The members have been in a constant state of unrest since I moved here in 1981. How many superintendents have they had? I have lost track of the numbers.

What could be the problem!

I wonder!

I wish Vitti much success.

As far as this School Board, I can’t find any words that would be uplifting.

What is wrong in this city?

I won’t even begin on the pension problem. How did it mushroom like it did? The fact that it wasn’t corrected is so sad.

Kudos to Mayor Lenny Curry for stepping into the hornet nest to address this.

P. J. McCrary, Jacksonville