Neighbors Against Mining Action Alert

CEMEX BROOKSVILLE CEMENT PLANT SEEKS PERMIT EXTENSION
Send in Your Comments Today! Public Comments close August 9th

CEMEX is seeking a state permit to extend the air pollutants permit for the Brooksville South Cement Plant. This outdated coal burning plant has been cited 19 times since 2001 for mercury emissions that exceeded air quality standards and is considered a major source of air pollution under current state and federal laws.

Please send out your comments today! Contact infomration, a sample letter and more information is available at http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org.

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The Dysfunctional GOP Congress Is Set to Run off the Rails

Greg Sargent, Washington Post

Hillary Clinton has signaled that she hopes to run for president in part by painting the GOP-controlled Congress — and, by extension, the Republican Party — as a divisive, destructive, hidebound, reactionary force. As the Post recently put it, Clinton has accused Congressional Republicans “of waging a war on women, playing politics with a black nominee, shortchanging students, endangering the economic recovery and trying to yank health-care coverage for 16 million Americans.”

And it looks as if the GOP Congress is set to hand Clinton a lot more material.

The recent period of calm (relative, of course) in Congress has perhaps led people to forget just how crazy things are going to get this fall. But Politico has a good reminder this morning:

Lawmakers ...

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Hernando Commission Disbands Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program

Hernando Times

In a surprise move, a divided Hernando County Commission on Tuesday voted to disband the county’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program, first approved by voters in 1988.

The action, which abolishes a program designed to purchase and preserve the county’s sensitive lands, came after Commissioner Wayne Dukes argued that the current commission does not want to buy more sensitive lands and that it is a waste of resources to have county staffers and a volunteer board continue to meet and plan purchases.

What will happen to the $6,165,000 in tax money still in the ESL coffers is unclear. While there are limitations on how the money can be used, county officials could not immediately say what would happen to the funds — money that residents voted to collect.

In 2011, during to...

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Governor, Lay Off Florida’s State Parks

Paula Dockery

Gov. Rick Scott, on behalf of the millions of Floridians and tourists who enjoy our award-winning state parks, I have a message for you: Lay off them. They are not for profit, nor for plunder.

Few truly believed that you would be an environmental leader, like most of your predecessors both Republican and Democrat, but we are shocked by the extent to which you have decimated the Department of Environmental Protection and the water management districts.

You’ve ignored the wishes of 4.2 million voters — 75 percent who voted for Amendment 1 in 2014 — by not properly funding conservation and preservation programs. You underestimate the public’s desire to protect our natural resources.

You seem to miss the connection between our natural resources and tourism and business re...

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State Budget Shortcomings Clearer

Paula Dockery

Now that some time has passed since the Florida Legislature produced a state budget and the governor cut $461 million from it, we’re starting to see the results.

Tax cuts will be bragged about. But 840,000 Floridians are still uninsured who could have received subsidized private health coverage. And the voters’ will on Amendment 1, the water and land conservation measure, was completely ignored.

We are a low-tax state with no state income tax. A good portion of our revenues come from the sales tax, which means tourists contribute quite a bit to the funding of our government services...

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Why Do People Believe Myths About the Confederacy? Because Our Textbooks and Monuments Are Wrong.

False history marginalizes African Americans and makes us all dumber.

James W. Loewen, Washington Post

History is the polemics of the victor, William F. Buckley once said. Not so in the United States, at least not regarding the Civil War. As soon as the Confederates laid down their arms, some picked up their pens and began to distort what they had done and why. The resulting mythology took hold of the nation a generation later and persists — which is why a presidential candidate can suggest, as Michele Bachmann did in 2011, that slavery was somehow pro-family and why the public, per the Pew Research Center, believes that the war was fought mainly over states’ rights.

The Confederates won with the pen (and the noose) what they could not win on the battlefield: the cause of white suprema...

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