Letter to the editor, published November 1, 2018 in Naples Daily News
As we gag, hack and sneeze our way into the midterm election, I am saddened that many of our incumbent politicians have little to offer in the way of proposals to fight environmental pollution or to help our surrounding waters get back to health.
As Paul Feuer and Dave Trecker noted in these pages last August, “Tallahassee has done little to deal with this, offering half-hearted funding for a reservoir and money to strengthen the dike so the lake can hold more pollution. It’s a sad situation. Politicians, even in an election year, don’t seem to have a clue.”
Thus I was perplexed by your endorsement of the incumbent in state House District 106. Bob Rommel has marched in lockstep with “Red Tide” Rick Scott on environmental matters. We deserve better.
Your pages recently carried a thoughtful piece on possible red tide solutions by Sara McFadden, a nonpolitician businesswoman who is trying to unseat Rommel. After reading her piece, I went to Rommel’s website to compare their positions and found only a platitudinous suggestion that “… the Legislature addressed waterway pollution the past couple of years, (but) more work must be done in the 2019 session.”
Checking his voting more closely, I find that Rommel supported the “Toilet to Tap” legislation that would have authorized pumping recycled sewage into our aquifers, legislation so absurd that the governor had to veto it.
We want action now to improve our environment in general and our waters in particular. Let’s give McFadden a chance to advocate for us.
Richard Prosten, Naples