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Letters to the Editor: April 2, 2021

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Why should hurricane insurance treat roof damage differently?

A pending bill, SB 76, in the Florida Senate would alter the current homeowner benefits regarding roof damage and replacement due to windstorms including hurricanes.

If passed it would allow insurers to offer policies that compensate the homeowner for only the depreciated value of the roof. Why is the roofing component now to be differentiated from the remainder of the standing structure?

Compared with 15 years past, a "new build "residence averages $100K higher in price. Part is due to demand, the other increased material costs. With this in mind, and with the cost of annual homeowner policies constantly rising: What is the justification toward treating roofing coverage differently and allowing a preferential depreciation assessment rather than full replacement value?

Another consideration, somewhat related. Automobile insurers now may grant premium reductions based on safe driving records. How about homeowners who have paid premiums for 20, 30 or 40 years without a single claim?

Much to ponder in today's complex world.

Gary S. Weiner, Port St. Lucie

Let Nestle use Lake O water, it’s a genius untapped idea

This morning I watched my cat once again ignore the water I provided and drink what collected in my shower's door track. I used to think she had issues that needed addressing. Now I wonder, as I toss plastic bottles, if she has more sense than most of us humans. After all, she's drinking water that would otherwise go to waste.

I think Ed Killer's idea of Nestle taking water from Lake Okeechobee is genius. He's right, it's going to waste. No, it's not "spring" water but so what? Nestle can weasel out a fine description. They always do. "Florida pure water! Now with vitamins directly from plants!" No one needs to know they filtered out the blue-green algae. After that we'll just go back to wondering if these bottles they're using can really be recycled or if we're just kidding ourselves.

Well, none of it will ever happen and that's a shame. All I can hope for is the lawsuits filed to help Ginnie Springs succeeds. To bring an old song up to date, "We're draining paradise and putting in dangerous algae … .”

Paula Martinek, Port St. Lucie

What is really behind voter suppression laws?

After the election of Donald Trump in 2106, I jokingly told a Republican friend that President Trump’s first act would be to outlaw the Democratic Party. And now, after reading about voter suppression laws being promoted in almost every state in the country, it appears to be coming true. Based on Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” Republicans are now passing laws trying to render the Democratic Party ineffective by stopping Democratic voters from voting at all. In effect, “outlawing” the Democratic Party.

I am sure that citizens will not be fooled by this obvious attempt by the remnants of the once-proud Republican Party to hold onto their last dark corners of power. It represents the death throes of a dying party now in the grip of Trump followers and white supremacist groups still trying to turn back the clock to the 1950s. Even here in Indian River County, some in a hold-out group calling themselves the Republican Party of Indian River County, still promotes the lie that Donald Trump is the “real” president. These pathetic attempts are designed to undo the two-party system we rely on to protect and promote our democracy.

Democrats should not despair, however. For each Democratic voter that gets stopped by the Republican barbed wire, two Democrats will make it through. The 2022 mid-term election will be a banner year for Democrats and democracy — and the Republican Party will continue to dissolve.

Larry G. Zick, Vero Beach

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Biden’s ‘press conference’ was an embarrassment

The first "press conference" that we just witnessed from our so-called president, Joe Biden, was an embarrassment for the country. It was produced and directed by the liberal media and starred a doddering old fool who needed cheat sheets to remember why he was there. The names and pictures of pre-selected reporters were provided, along with pre-scripted questions and answers that were read from handily ready cue cards. 

He lied about the number of people illegally crossing our border. He lied about his position on the filibuster. He lied about the number of vaccines available when he took office. The left-wing press has his back. Don’t expect a lot of fact checks from them. 

But hey, no worries. The government just printed $2 trillion to pay for this box-office bomb. And the sequel will be followed with trillions more. Polls (if you believe them) say Biden has a high approval rating. Well, duh? When someone is handing out free money, he certainly isn't going to get a bad review. 

The Republicans were right not to vote for this fairytale of a bill. A lot of it bails out poorly run Democratic cities and states who spent their concession-stand money on failed social programs. 

And the foreign picture category has China threatening Taiwan, Russia's Putin challenging Biden to a debate, and North Korea resuming missile tests. So sit back and relax and enjoy your popcorn while you watch this film noir unfold. The printing presses at the Treasury are set on overload. Free "stuff" is on the way. Who cares who has to pay for it?

And the Oscar goes to … ?

Anthony Napolitano, Jensen Beach

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Letters to the Editor: April 2, 2021

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