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Restoration of the lagoon is not possible as long as the water from Lake O is discharged into it

When will we stop the madness of doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results? I am referring to the wonderful efforts of groups like the Florida Oceanographic Society to restore oyster beds and seagrass beds, to see their hard work destroyed when water from Lake Okeechobee is dumped into the St. Lucia River and Lagoon. of the Indian River.

No matter how hard we try to restore the oyster beds and seagrass beds, they will all be destroyed as long as the water from Lake Okeechobee can be discharged into our waterways. The only permanent solution is not to allow it under any circumstances.

The Herbert Hoover Dike should never have been built and the towns destroyed in the 1928 hurricane should never have been rebuilt. The Everglades should never have been turned into sugar cane fields. None of this should have existed in the first place.

If water has to be dumped from Lake Okeechobee, throw it south and flood sugar cane fields and agricultural areas. They shouldn’t be there anyway. Maybe it will grab people’s attention and they will become proactive in helping to create water storage areas.

OK, unless there is a giant breach in the southern part of the dike, whether natural or man-made, the above will never happen. Instead, we will continue to create dressing storage areas.

However, I cannot help but think that if discharges into the Saint Lucia River and Indian River Lagoon were strictly prohibited under any circumstances, solutions would be found more quickly.

Meanwhile, more manatees have already died in 2021 than any other year in the state’s history, as biologists indicate the loss of seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon is a catalyst for the starvation and malnutrition.

Jim Weix, Palm City

Cartoon by Marlette: Freedom on the march towards Cuba

I believe we should honor our flag and the lyrics of our national anthem

I was so moved when I read Nancy Celano’s July 10 letter, “I am ashamed for the Democrats who belittle our great country.” She has represented loved ones who participated in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and her pride in them and in America. His comments were remarkable compared to those of Representative Maxine Waters, members of the “Scouade” and other liberals who believe they have the right to demean the greatest country in the world.

I am 83 years old and I think we should honor our American flag and the lyrics of the national anthem. Both are so attached to the true ideals of the American way of life. Believing and promoting the exact opposite will not help in my opinion,

One of the best ways to view America is to view the Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington Cemetery, the world-famous statue that depicts six Marines who hoisted the American flag over Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, during the American campaign in the Pacific during World War II. The memorial was opened on November 10, 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Since then, the American flag has flown over the statue 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by presidential proclamation.

Tony Iovine, Port Saint Lucie

War correspondent Ernie Pyle takes a break with Marines at Iwo Jima in 1945.

We must learn from the worst parts of our history, not bury it

It’s been a while since I refuted a published letter, but Nancy Celano’s July 10 letter prompted this response. But first let me thank her and her family for all the service they have rendered to the United States of America.

No Democrat hates this country and to say so is absurd. I attended schools from 1952 to 1976 (grammar, high school and two university degrees). Never during all this time have I heard of Jim Crow; details of the civil war; the atrocities perpetrated on Native Americans; discrimination against the Japanese during World War II; political details surrounding slavery or details of harsh, sometimes deadly actions taken against our black citizens.

Should all Americans (Democrats and Republicans) be ashamed of this story? Absolutely! Should we bury this story so that it is not taught in schools? Absolutely not. We need to face our history and learn from it so that we do not repeat it, in order to redeem ourselves and learn a better and more equitable way of treating each other. We can’t do it if we don’t learn our history.

Nancy’s letter reminds me of the political extremes currently prevalent. The far left wants to fund the police, the far right wants to deny that Trump lost the election. The moderate milieu (both Democrats and Republicans) wants reasonable progress towards a better and fairer country. The moderate milieu sees solutions to our problems rather than walls to progress.

Our educators (at all levels) must be able to present the facts of the story, discuss them and what they mean for the present and the future and let ideas for improvement percolate into the story. spirit of our youth. More education, not less. is the answer to these problems.

Edward Booth, Port Saint Lucie