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Letters to the editor
Rating: 3.13 / 5 (8 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Jun 21 - 06:20

Space Florida a boondoggle

What surprised me about an article in the newspaper was that Space Florida was created in 2006. Why would state representatives even be thinking about creating a commercial spaceport more than three years before President Obama took office and subsequently abolished NASA?

Space Florida is really the state's equivalent of NASA. It wants you the Florida/local taxpayer to fund the building of a site for launching commercial satellites. The politicians tell you all the jobs this will bring to the economy. That may be true but unfortunately it will come out of your taxpaying hide.

I am sorry that President Obama got rid of NASA, because I think it was a worthwhile government enterprise. Now the federal government is trying to keep two or more companies in business doing what NASA was doing by itself. How can that be more efficient and responsible?

The federal, state and local governments should stay out of the business of creating jobs, but rather create an atmosphere of an attractive business climate, which literally means lower taxation and less interference. Making Florida a better place to live is also highly desirable as CEOs certainly don't want to live in a trash dump.

Space Florida is just like all the other government boondoggles, such as Sun Rail and the federal government grants to solar energy companies. If they can't operate without government help, they need to die as a business, just like any other business.

Jerry Stremcha, Daytona Beach

In response to: 'Disrespectful guest speaker at Ormond Beach Memorial Day ceremony'

I want to thank Terry D. Mone' MSgt. (Ret.) USAF for his letter concerning the guest speaker at the Ormond Beach Memorial Day ceremony.

I totally agree with his comments. Not only did Commander Colbert bring discredit to himself, but to the U.S. Navy. As a Navy veteran, I am ashamed for his actions. If Cmdr. Colbert wants to promote his company, he should seek other venues not one where we were honoring fallen heroes and all veterans.

William "Bill" Ellis, Ormond Beach

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