Letters to the Editor: January 23, 2022

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How will Brightline bypass local speed limits?

Regarding the Brightline trains through Fort Pierce and neighboring areas, I’ve noticed that no one has asked a relevant question.

Through the Fort Pierce area, the speed limit on trains is currently 45 miles per hour. This is due to curves and other issues. Would someone please ask Brightline how they intend to bypass this security restriction?

Jim Mooney, Fort Pierce

mike smith

Road traffic monitoring seems to have a low priority

Another horrific accident, three dead and three injured, on US 1 near South Vero Square on January 8th.

I wish I could just search the sheriff’s databases to find out how many accidents (fatal or just plain messy) have occurred along the US-1 corridor from Harbor Branch to 4th St. in the past few years, but permission getting to see this data is similar to finding chicken teeth.

Of course, one death is too many. But both the St. Lucie and Indian River County Sheriff’s Departments say there is no problem.

Anyone can tell you that the actual speed (unspecified) on US 1 between these two points is closer to 60 to 70 mph or more. So if a car was going at 45 or maybe 50 and a car spun in front of it and hit it there would be injuries but 60mph and up is a lot worse as we saw this Saturday.

We give millions of dollars to our local law enforcement agencies; where does the money go? Traffic control has to be the last thing on Sheriffs Ken Mascara and Eric Flowers. It is hard work unless it is their mother, father, sister, brother or child. This is not my first letter to the editor on the subject of traffic enforcement. It will probably take more deaths before Ken and Eric ask their deputies to do their jobs. Unfortunately, my respect for them is waning.

Don Biscoe, Fort Pierce

Rising inflation: a hidden tax hitting low-income families particularly hard

According to Webster’s Dictionary, inflation is defined as “a sustained increase in the general level of prices, usually attributed to an increase in the supply of money and credit relative to available goods and services”. The United States is currently in one of the biggest periods of inflation in nearly 40 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov.

The surge in energy prices, one of the biggest drivers of inflation, has hit almost every middle- and low-income family. With energy costs affecting virtually every product and service, keeping them under control is crucial. However, this government has done little to avoid the increases. and may have made them worse. The US went from a net energy exporter to an energy importer.

In addition to skyrocketing energy costs, this administration has pumped billions of dollars into the economy in the form of payments to individuals, grants and PPP loans, and hundreds of millions to schools. This spending of money appears to have kept people out of the labor market and thus contributed to the supply chain crisis.

According to John Maynard Keynes (one of the most respected economists in our history), “through a sustained process of inflation, government can covertly and undetected confiscate an important part of the wealth of its citizens.”

This invisible tax must be addressed immediately. Energy costs need to be normalized and the government needs to incentivize people to go back to work and not pay them to stay home. Again, inflation hits middle- and low-income families hardest.

Richard Geisinger, Stuart

Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the Legislature on January 11, 2022 in Tallahassee.

How would those attacking DeSantis over his speech want Florida to be like this?

Ron DeSantis delivered his State of the State address on the first day of the Legislature’s meeting in Tallahassee this month. As usual, the left attacked with venom and vigour.

Could the state of our state be causing thousands of families to flock here to Florida so their children could attend school while other states closed their schools? Could it be that Florida has no state income tax? Could it be that Florida was and is open for business?

Would the attackers want Florida schoolchildren to lose a year or two of tuition like children in so many states did? It seems so.

Another attack on DeSantis is to hit the Biden administration over its immigration policies. Does this mean that Democrats and Progressives support ignoring US immigration policy? Does that mean they want illegal aliens here to ruin our schools, health care, social services, etc.?

DeSantis also proclaimed that there would be no police defunding, nothing that could be construed as soft on crime. Does this mean that we should continue to bow to criminals?

What exactly is the left proclaiming?

They criticize him for using the words “free” or “freedom” several times in his speech. Shouldn’t the governor, whose state is in the top five for freedom on lists by three different think tanks (as opposed to New York and California, which are in the bottom five), be proud to share this information?

Those attacking DeSantis must be asked to justify their left wing support.

Audrey Taggart, Hobe Sound

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