Biden’s inflation plan boosts the planet
The Inflation Control Act of 2022 is a great first step to protecting people and our economy from the ravages of a clearly changing climate. It’s the beginning of a long journey to reduce carbon, methane and nitrogen emissions.
Carbon and methane fuel hurricanes, and nitrogen fuels red tides and other harmful algal blooms. Right now, this threatens our homes, our businesses, our food supply and our entire economy if we do nothing or keep moving slowly, as we have done since the 1970s when the warnings started.
We put solar panels and a battery in our house, and a charger in our garage for our new electric car (Tesla). We got a tax credit for the solar system, but not the electric car.
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The IRA will provide people with a tax credit for rooftop solar systems and most electric vehicles made in America, such as Tesla or Ford’s Lightning F-150.
Gas prices were high due to the huge profits made by the oil companies and Russia’s war, but now we can avoid that while enjoying the convenience of charging our car in our garage.
Food supplies are threatened by floods and droughts. Thank goodness IRA.
Jack Miriam, Sarasota
The city leaves the public outside the scope of the major reorganization
Why doesn’t the city of Sarasota want citizen input on a topic of concern to many, such as what could be built next to my house?
Taxpayers and voters are being left out of a major effort to change the zoning of nearly a tenth of the city. This includes most properties on major highways such as US 301, US 41 and Fruitville Road, with most plots adjacent to residential property.
This is the most extensive change our city has seen since 1974. However, there has been little public interest and almost no dialogue with the community about these important and hasty changes.
Even worse, the package gives city employees the ability to “administrative approval” of projects that contain any affordable component. Citizens and elected officials will lose all rights to help shape the project into something we will live with for decades.
Administrative approval results in things that conform to code without input of the affected neighbors. While developers have certain property rights in a democracy, citizens also have rights – the right to participate.
Please email the City Committee at Commissioners@sarasotafl.gov. Tell the Commissioners not to deny our rights as citizens, and to slow down the major reorganization that is currently underway.
Molly C. Cardamon, Sarasota City Commissioner and former mayor
Beware of descending into a fascist state
I read with interest Carrie Seidman’s column, “I’ve had enough of this Sarasota school teacher,” September 11. Janet Allen, a dedicated teacher who encouraged her students to think and participate with innovative lesson plans, was discouraged from creativity.
It reminds me of “But It Was Too Late,” a chapter in Milton Meyer’s 1955 book, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, interviewing ordinary Germans after World War II about why they didn’t speak up. Everyone should read this chapter.
History seems to be repeating itself today: ban books, not teach about our diverse country, go after companies and schools trying to stay safe during the pandemic, tell companies what they can say, disenfranchise voters, and restrict women’s healthcare rights.
Slowly, very slowly, our rights are being taken away and soon it will be too late. Let us not sit but stand and talk.
Our democracy is at stake and we do not want to descend into a fascist state.
Barbara Drake, Bradenton
Vote for the common good, not the party
I appreciate Bennett Napier’s September 13 guest column, “Don’t let your party affiliation decide the vote.” I honestly agree.
Although I’ve also been a registered Republican my whole life, I didn’t always vote this way. Shortly after January 6, 2021, I changed my registration to “Not affiliated with any party”.
This is how I actually voted, but now I’m telling the GOP that I’ve had enough. (Not as I think they knew or cared.)
I’d like to see Napier’s ideas go a step further. Let’s ask our already elected officials to do the same.
When he presents them with clearly useful legislation, though sponsored by “the other men,” let’s see someone other than U.S. Representative Liz Cheney and a few others walk away from simply voting for their party line. Let them vote for what is good for the people.
Washington and many states currently operate on the bias and blindness of those in power. Gee, if only I and my fellow citizens were the people in power.
Marian Muir, Bradenton