An open letter to those running for the Citrus County Commission both in the August primary as well as the November, general election.
All of the candidates’ statements, offered through the Citrus Chronicle, seem spot on to convince the general eligible voters that they alone are the best for the job and will provide the needed leadership, which seems missing or has been diverted to projects or private interests, not in the best interests of the residents and visitors of our beautiful county.
As a native Floridian, born and raised in Dade County in the ’50s, out by the Everglades, I grew up with a real appreciation and love for our natural environment. Traveling around the world as a Marine, I learned to understand and appreciate how little I knew about Mother Earth. Now, as I near the end of my life, I am concerned our leaders, locally and nationally, don’t fully appreciate what the scientists are trying to tell us about our world and how fragile it is, and what we are doing to shorten our time on this singular miracle in space.
None of the current incumbents or aspirants for county commission seem to want to confront the real issue of global warming and its subtle but real, everyday events..
Scientists have for over four decades warned of the tragedy all species on this planet are facing, caused in large part by human activity, yet almost no leaders have come forward to seek the best minds to guide us out of our own, almost inevitable graves, and that goes for all of the candidates running for all offices, both locally and nationally. Why not? Citrus County is primarily a nature coast of awe and beauty. Let’s keep it that way; isn’t that why we moved here in the first place?
We need only to look west of U.S. 19, past the Plantation on Crystal River, on a full moon and high tide, to understand that time is running out, and plans must be devised and carried out as policy, by this county and state, to mitigate the clear and awful results of inaction.
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