We should all applaud our newly elected governor for his moves in protecting our beautiful and precious water which his predecessors’ policies wreaked havoc on. It gives me much hope that we are moving back in the right direction.

I ask the governor now to take his commitment to the environment one step further and make the bold move to ban all fracking and oil drilling in the state and throw your weight behind developing renewable energy sources. You have the momentum. Now is the time to move away from dirty energy.

Ann Malachowski, Tequesta

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Unless sane people act,

we will lose our republic

Reading the Post every day and listening to public television news continues to keep Americans in depression. This is not the America we learned about in school or lived in. This is a new America; the America that Upton Sinclair wrote about in 1936 when he wrote "It Can’t Happen Here." Well, it is happening. And it’s happening big-time.

Unless the sane among us can connect with our elected officials and insist that America practice the democratic process and lead us out of this insanity, our legacy to our children and grandchildren will be the loss of our republic.

Please get involved. Call your legislators, ask your friends to contact their legislators. They will do nothing without our threats to their pay stubs. We, the individual citizens and custodians of their vote and ticket to Washington, need to put a cog in this wheel of insanity and get our great nation moving again.

Wynne Shilling, Boynton Beach

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Cycle of shutdowns

has no seeming end

This is not the first time that our politicians could not agree on a bill that would keep the government running. And each time it happens, voters say that they are going to vote those politicians out of office.

Of course, at the next election the Republican voters say that the problems have been caused by the Democratic politicians, so they vote to keep their Republican politicians in office. At the same time, the Democratic voters say that the problems have been caused by the Republican politicians, so they vote to keep their Democratic politicians in office. And the voters can't figure out why nothing changes.

Nothing will change until they are all voted out of office and are replaced with new politicians, who will then most likely create the same problems. It never will end.

Robert Billings, West Palm Beach