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Climate change

Florida Veterans for Common Sense believes action on climate change is needed now.

The international community is united in its view that climate change is the existential issue of our time and must be addressed with urgency.  Its negative effects are well known, are occurring now and will continue with ever increasing intensity. They will degrade our national security, our economic welfare and our way of life.

We have already seen the effects of rising sea levels, a boom in algal blooms and the destruction of Mexico Beach by Hurricane Michael.

Our report on climate change, including actions that citizens can take, can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/Urgency-In-Action.

Florida Veterans for Common Sense — an all-volunteer, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization — salutes U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., for co-sponsoring legislation that would attack climate change by increasing the price on carbon so people stop burning it. The legislation also would return all revenue to households through monthly dividends.

This common-sense and necessary fix has been promoted by economists and other experts (on the left and the right) for decades. Now it has finally made it to Congress. Bravo Zulu for a climate change solution that would reduce carbon emissions, stimulate the economy and create jobs.

William (Coty) Keller, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Port Charlotte

Deserving of national honor?

This takes the cake! One recent night I was sickened to my stomach as I was watching the news and had to endure watching an adulterer crowning another adulterer with the Medal of Freedom.

Can anyone tell me who makes these decisions and how in the world a professional golfer merits this, especially one who has proved he hardly is an example to others?

How about this: Present this highest civilian award to those World War II veterans still living who have sacrificed their young lives at a time when the world needed them to vanquish the world's enemies at the most volatile and crucial time in our history, when indeed it changed the world as we know it today.

What is wrong with these idiots who decide who merits such an award of recognition. What do we stand for? Athletic prowess on the fields hardly merits such an accolade, especially those who "stumble" and are proved not worthy!

As for Trump, well, awarding a medal to one who doesn't deserve it is par for the course, shall we say, for him.

Dick Murphy, Golden Gate Estates

Teachers, guns and respect

There is probably nothing more important to the well-being of a society than education. It impacts employment, crime, health, the economy and standard of living. An educated populace is more likely to prosper and live well. Therefore, teachers should be treated respectfully and compensated well.

Unfortunately, our teachers, particularly in our public schools, have become the scapegoats of school administrators and parents for the behavioral and academic shortcomings of students. Public school teachers are poorly paid and degraded regularly. A recent study shows education as being one of the worst majors to pursue in college. It is no wonder.

To make matters worse, teachers are asked to be security guards and to learn how to shoot a gun. Is this what our teachers signed up for when they decided to pursue a career in one of the most noble of professions?

Many politicians have said much about the importance of education, but little has been done to valorize and protect teachers.

Weapons of any kind should not be allowed in schools. Why not have security screening in public schools to prevent the introduction of weapons? Students and teachers would not be at risk and could focus on education.

Adam Oosterbaan, Naples

Electoral College 'antiquated'

More than ever we need to do away with the "electoral vote." This is an antiquated rule by which 535 electors select the president. These people are unknown to the public. Do any of you know who your electors are? Yet you give them the power to vote for you. This is not right.

The Constitution reads in part: "Each state shall appoint a number of electors equal to the whole number of senators and representatives in Congress" (535 people).  But how are these electors chosen? Do any of you know?

I feel that these electors could easily be persuaded, corrupted or paid off by Russian operatives or any other country and no one would ever know. This is extremely dangerous to our democracy and our elections. It would be far harder to corrupt all the American people than those of a few electors. Think about that. 

The people vote for their representatives and senators in Congress, why should we not be allowed to vote for the presidency? We must do away with the antiquated Electoral College. 

Bobby Schweikert, Naples

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