Fred is a hero
If you were diligent in your investigative work you would have discovered that commissioner `Fred` Brummer should be praised instead of vilified for his positions on the septic tank issue `"Everybody hates Fred," March 29`.
I know this is a fact because I was one of the individuals that, upon learning of the septic tank issue, ran some numbers and found out that if implemented it would have been a monumental blunder, and I brought it to the attention of the individuals involved. Brummer was one of only three that responded in the way that we taxpayers wish every politician would, by checking the facts against the new information and doing the right thing. For this, I would call him an honest politician.
The septic tank issue sounded like a good, green, environmental cause, and as such got Brummer's initial buy-in. You called it a slam-dunk in the minds of environmentalists, and I agree. As you say, it wasn't controversial at that time. (I am a major environmentalist and I was behind it at the time.) However, not many of us are capable of, or have the time to, dig into and understand the details of all the proposed legislation, even those that we feel strongly about. So we just read the synopsis and assume that it is as described and that we have intelligent, well-meaning people working on our behalf behind the scenes.
Because I have lived in Apopka for 30 years, swim in the springs, canoe on Rock Springs Run several times a year, run an Apopka business (Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc.) with 160 employees that also live in the area, have been the ecology chairman on the Bear Lake Preservation Association for many years, attend all the meetings of the North American Lake Management Society, etc., I thought I should look into what the Florida Department of Health is having us do with our septic systems. So I attended the public meetings and got hold of the data. I ran the numbers and discovered that it was an absolute terrible piece of law! It wasn't going to help the Wekiva basin at all. It was only going to cost everyone a huge amount of money for virtually nothing in the way of nitrogen reduction.
So I wrote an e-mail to most of the people connected to the issue and told them exactly why it was such a bad law. But it was Fred Brummer's office that took this new information that I (and many others) provided, and became the leader in getting the bad law shelved until further study could be completed. For that, my good reporter, he should receive an award.
Robert C. Heideman, Apopka
Give abstinence a chance
Just because people have a choice and often make a wrong decision, you would like to stop teaching that lesson `Bloggytown, April 13`? Logically if you are not committed to your mate you are better off to remain abstinent.
So I guess we should stop all the funding to prevent the AIDS epidemic under your logic. Abstinence stops HIV/AIDS, unplanned or unwanted pregnancies and promotes monogamy, which are all good things. Also keep in mind there are studies that reflect both sides of this issue and you are only venting on one study. Think before you write.
Donald Ready, Auburndale
Orlando: Still sucking
I know it's a week late but I wanted to thank Bob Whitby for mentioning my site `www.orlandofloridasucks.com` on Bloggytown `March 29`! It's hard to get people to come check out a new site and I have put a lot of work into mine; I really appreciate the extra exposure. I'll take the comments about my horrible grammar as constructive criticism. I think I have corrected most of the typos now. Anyway, thanks again, Bob, and be sure to check back because I update it almost every day.
Michael Scott, Orlando