Easy to decide on Spring Break

I read with interest “Save it” or “Tame it” stories on your front page. I lived on the island in the 1970s and it’s a beautiful place.

Does “Save it” think people are stupid? The owner of the largest bar on the island wants everyone else to pay for expenses. His Rule No. 1 let police handle drunken people.

Rule No. 2 let someone else pay for everything.

Rule No. 3 make them party at my bar.

Rule No. 4, make them buy their liquor from me.

Maybe no one died on his property, but I will bet some left there the worse for partying.

“Tame it” wants the ones who make the money pay for the privilege. That’s not being the moral police. When I was 19, I did stupid things, too.

But, again the mighty dollar could win out over common sense.

The blog defaming Mr. Wilson was really bad. People who know Mr. Shane Wilson know better.

Jan Webster Harlingen

P.S. Where can I find a $4.99 special?

Kudos to Mr. John Stossel …

To the Editor:

I sympathize with Jack and Jill Barron, since I have property in Florida that was declared to be under the umbrella of the National Wetlands Preserve Act.

The Act was pushed into law by the EPA and the President of The Sierra Club, who is a multi-millionaire living in a mansion on a mountain in Colorado.

I paid monthly on my 17 acres in Pasco County Florida, and yearly paid taxes on it, for almost 20 years, planning to build on it and enjoy my retirement in solace. Not.

I can’t cut anything over three inches in circumference (the size of my thumb!), nor mow the grass.

I can’t build on it, or even camp overnight on it. I can’t even kill the numerous alligators and rattlesnakes that keep me from wandering (careful now, mind you don’t step on a weed) the property, as I wistfully decide where my home, lawn, and barbecue pit would have been.

I recently signed a Quit Claim Deed to another piece of Florida property in Gilchrist County, that could have/should have, been an alternate home site.

Alas, I finally let it go for $6,000, when it had previously been valued at $45,000 … just to get rid of the $450 yearly taxes on a piece of dirt I couldn’t use.

BTW: the taxes were finally dropped from $1,100 to $450 as part of neighborhood class action litigation, as being ridiculously high and not in keeping with a “usual and customary” valuation.

It is, after all, only 1.3 acres of rural property with no utilities on it! No water, no sewer, no electricity, no trash collection, no sidewalks, and the nearest small country grocery is over 3 miles away. (Dirt road!) Tell Mr. Stossel that I’m on board, if he takes on Trump in a few years.

John Jewett Harlingen