Letters and comments: May 2, 2021
The charm of Parrish Beach could be lost
About 30 years ago, I fell in love with Titusville. I used to come here every weekend until about seven years ago when I drove from Orlando five times a week to the beach in Parrish Park. I told my real estate agent that I wanted to be as close to Parrish Park as possible.
I made the move and found myself very close. Since non-wildlife recreational activities are prohibited in the waters of Merritt Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Parish Park Beach is the only place for beach catamarans, dayailers, windsurfing and kitesurfing. In addition, the northeast / southwest direction of the roadway makes Parrish Park the ideal launching area regardless of the wind direction. Similar places are over a hundred miles away.
Where are the kitesurfers on match day? They’re at Parrish Park beach. Where are the windsurfers during the Super Bowl? They’re at Parrish Park beach. Where are the beachcats on Sunday morning? They are also at Parish Park Beach. The new park design of the Brevard County Commission will end all of our activities.
To keep our extremely green and environmentally friendly non-motorized operations alive, we urge the Commissioners to copy the successful designs of Sombrero Key Beach, Ben T. Davis Park or Fort Pierce Inlet Park, so that at this point in my life, I don’t need to uproot and stray a hundred kilometers.
Kevin Rosa, Titusville
The new waste management fees are really waste
Since Republic took over from Waste Management, the service has been far from acceptable. They have to use older equipment to pick up trash and waste, as the containers start to look like they’ve been used for target training. In addition, when I have to pass through residential areas, I have to avoid the containers which partly remain on the street after pickup. To say nothing of the mess left in front of some houses following the “attempt” to collect.
I don’t see the benefit of three pickups per week when most households only produce enough garbage for one pickup. And the “new” recycling restrictions are almost ludicrous, because far fewer items are acceptable according to Republic.
I would appreciate a rebuttal from one of our commissioners as to why we have to pay twice as much for worse service than what we got with Waste Management. I have no desire to attend a committee meeting only to receive empty talk.
Thomas Johnson, Palm Bay
Are you 18? Register now; vote in 2022
As 2022 approaches, political shenanigans are really emerging statewide and locally.
As a child, I had a passion for politics and history. I have voted in every election since 1976, when I voted for President Carter because he was for the legalization of marijuana. While this cause may soon be legal, my point is to vote for whatever issues or passions you desire.
When it comes to shenanigans, I’ve noticed a pattern over the years. During non-presidential years when governorates are on a ballot, voting restrictions abound. Once these elections are over, they will be relaxed when it benefits the governor.
Voting restrictions target young people who feel particularly lost and vulnerable during COVID. To vote in the 2022 primaries, you must be 18 by next summer. My advice to those who turn 18: I would sign up today and plan ahead for the unknown.
The leaders of Tally don’t want you to vote. Prove them wrong and take responsibility for yourself. Vote in 2022.
Bill Lundell, Indian Harbor Beach
Why is Biden waiting to fire troops?
In November 1918, Germany, bowing to the inevitable, signed an unconditional surrender, thus ending the First World War. The Allied Powers, more concerned with the romance of the date, ordered the fighting to cease at 11 a.m. on November 11. Between the two events, perhaps half a day, the massacre continued. Why? It sounded good: 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month. The generals regarded the troops not as sons, brothers, fathers, but as unimportant numbers.
Joe Biden said we would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, not in May as President Trump had planned and announced, but in September. Why? I hope not, but I’m afraid he wants the symbolic date, 9/2021, compared to the start in 9/2001. Or worse, he doesn’t want to finish Donald Trump’s plan, but wants it to be his plan to end the war.
Meanwhile, the fighting continues. American sons and daughters are in danger. And it looks like we have a president more concerned with his legacy and re-election than saving lives.
Craig Graham, Melbourne