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Stop placing blame, find a solution

August 29, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

Respectfully Sen. Nelson, I'd like to address your guest commentary in the Aug. 8, 2018, issue of Fort Myers Beach Observer (which also ran in the Aug. 8, 2018, issue of the Island Reporter on Page 33.)

While we certainly appreciate your input regarding this tragedy striking the beaches of Southwest Florida, your column effectively identifies what all of us here already know, while simultaneously offering no solutions, and at the same time attempting to absolve yourself and Sen. Rubio of any responsibility whatsoever and throwing state government officials under the bus.

Other than putting your name and image out in front of potential voters strikingly close to election time, I can't quite put my head around the purpose of your letter.

Yes there is plenty of blame to go around - yourself, Sen. Rubio, and the federal government included. Whether you like it or not, sir, you are part of the problem. But the good news is, Sen. Nelson, you can also be part of the solution! Who else is to blame? State government of course. Big Sugar, no question. Big farms? Yes. We the people? Absolutely. Federal government for dragging its feet to fix/improve the dike? Again, yes. The list goes on.

Perhaps if you, Sen. Rubio, Gov. Scott, as well as everyone else apparently running for some elected office decided to spend your time, money, and energy working toward a solution instead of blaming and finger-pointing in order to get elected/re-elected, we'd already have a fix for this disaster. If Big Sugar and those officials supported by their lobbies would think more long-term and work toward more community- and ecology-supporting methods of dealing with their runoff and waste products, they'd likely find greater support for their businesses, resulting in greater profits.

You conclude your column by stating, " these waterways are the lifeblood of our economy and I will do everything I can to protect them." I'd respectfully suggest that you stop writing letters to your constituency telling us what we already know, and start taking a stand on the federal level fighting for what we need: clean water and a thriving economy. Let that be your legend as senator!

Keran Farrell

Fort Myers Beach



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