Local weather change in charge for insurance coverage hikes
In some way the Herald-Tribune manages to publish an article about sharply rising flood insurance coverage charges in Florida with out mentioning local weather change (“Flood insurance coverage prices to rise,” Sept. 25).
Even when the article provides a rationale for rising charges, it solely mentions flood-zone maps, residence dimension and site as elements.
Solely 2-3 toes of sea-level rise would end in catastrophic flooding of Anna Maria Island and different barrier islands within the Sarasota-Bradenton space, based on the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Greatest estimates forecast 1-8 toes in sea-level rise by 2100. The imply of this vary (4.5 toes) would submerge each barrier island in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Lengthy earlier than these islands turn out to be impassable, nuisance flooding more and more will emerge as a nagging problem for residents. We should face the stark actuality that local weather change is the foundation of the flood insurance coverage conundrum.
Opposite to the article’s pull quote, properties within the areas most in danger are not often owned by common Joes. Will probably be house owners of multimillion-dollar houses and business properties on these islands who stand to undergo the best losses.
Not solely will they pay sharply larger insurance coverage charges, however they will undergo substantial devaluation of their property as the ocean rises.
William Dundas, Sarasota
Petito case: no devils, no angels
Two younger “in love” individuals have been misplaced throughout this weird story full of thriller of motive and plenty of different unanswered questions (“Gabby Petito funeral: Her father calls on mourners to not be unhappy,” Sept. 26).
Circumstantial proof is difficult to disregard and so are witness accounts of a sobbing, distraught Petito and an offended Brian Laundrie. Public sentiment and a lot of the media have turned this tragic story into a superb versus evil fairy story.
However that is actual life, with actual life individuals, none of whom are all evil or all good. There aren’t any angels and no devils.
Brian could also be misplaced endlessly, together with Gabby.
It could have been a lovers’ quarrel gone terribly incorrect. We might by no means know.
Brian’s household is struggling, simply as Gabby’s is.
As a lady who has recognized ardour and as a mom who loves unconditionally, I bear in mind the fashion and the extraordinary love.
They have been no devils or angels. The identical is true now.
Susanne Isbill, Nokomis
Outsize consideration paid to 1 case
I’m wondering how a lot consideration would have been paid to Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie if the couple have been Black or Hispanic (“Gabby Petito case reveals stark disparities in protection of lacking individuals,” Sept. 24).
Elizabeth Deane, Sarasota
In protection of condominium board
On Sept. 24, a reader complained of perceived impropriety by his condominium board, which took further time to make sure all house owners had a possibility to vote (“To achieve desired outcome, preserve voting”). What he did not disclose was that the vote was on whether or not to put in a brief part of sidewalk to assist guarantee resident security.
Of the whole possession, 89% had voted within the affirmative; nonetheless, ballots had not been acquired from one-third of the house owners. A 75% affirmative vote is required by the condominium paperwork, so further time to make sure everybody had a possibility to vote was solely honest.
Because of this, the board, appearing effectively inside our rights, continued the assembly in order that house owners who have been on trip, out of state, or held hostage in a overseas land resulting from COVID, had a possibility to vote on the problem.
The letter author’s declare that board members have been going door-to-door to ask house owners to alter their votes is pure fiction. The truth is, there have been solely 11 unfavorable votes, in contrast with 110 affirmative votes, so there could be little to realize.
John Cloud, Sarasota
Not antisemitic to help Palestinians
In his Sept. 26 column “If you vote to let terrorists kill Jews, that’s antisemitism,” Marc Thiessen couldn’t have been farther from the reality when he attacked progressive Democratic members of Congress who dare to help human rights for Palestinians and criticize Israel for its brutal occupation.
Israel has admitted that it plans to spend half of its anticipated $1 billion Iron Dome verify from the U.S. on “precision-guided missiles,” the identical weapons it used to kill tons of of Palestinian ladies and kids in Gaza final Could.
This 12 months, each the Israeli peace group B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch have labeled Israel an apartheid nation for its assaults in Gaza and occupation of Palestinians within the West Financial institution and East Jerusalem.
Ray Gordon, Venice
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