After reading your Friday editorial, “A wise move in sewer debate,” I felt compelled to write to tell you the opposite side of the story.


My husband and I attended the recent coffee meeting in Ormond-by-the-Sea regarding the City of Ormond Beach's plan to replace OBTS septic tanks with sewers. Our reason for attending was to speak about people like ourselves who live on the water (Tomoka River) in Ormond Beach and have been fighting to get Ormond to supply us with sewer and city water.


We live in Tomoka Estates which is considered an "enclave" and is in the unincorporated part of the city of Ormond Beach. We have lived in our home for 22 years. Shortly after moving here we joined with a group of our neighbors in attending meetings in our neighborhood and working with our local rep to petition the city and county to supply us with city services. At that time we were denied because our entire subdivision had to have a majority of the homeowners agree to accept septic tank/water well replacement. Unfortunately, most of the homes in Tomoka Estates are not directly on the water and did not wish to make the change. There was also fear among neighbors that we would have to annex into the city to receive these services.


The recent issue in OBTS has been proposed by the City Commission without sufficient inspection of septic tanks to determine if replacement is actually needed. The homes being asked to change from septic are not directly on either the Halifax River or the Atlantic Ocean. So the people in OBTS are requesting definitive testing results showing that their septic tanks are actually damaging the nearby bodies of water.


If the Ormond Beach City Commission truly wants to prevent pollution of the Tomoka River, they should consider the homes that border the river in Tomoka Estates. My husband and I and many of our water-hugging neighbors have been longing to have sewer & water services for years. If the city would agree to tie us into Ormond Lakes, an abutting development, we could eliminate possible pollution to the Tomoka River from our homes.


Donna Smith, Ormond Beach


No nation building


The so-called leaders of the world have been creating "false countries" for too many years.


A "real country" is created by the consent of the people within the territory that is to be considered "a country.' This hasn't happened for ages.


Emperor Chin of China used language to unite groups and create today’s China. It is one of the most enduring countries.


The leaders of Japan used language, religion and war to unite factions and create today's Japan. .


The winners of World War I created the various countries now considered the Middle East, based on God knows what.


Franco created today’s Spain by winning a civil war with the help of Nazi Germany.


The United States created itself by winning two wars with England, several wars with the native populations, a war with Mexico and the Civil War. We certainly are not "one country united."


Many countries were created after revolts against colonial powers.


What this all means is that "divide and conquer" works well and that attempts to create a "nation" without the consent of the people won't last long. Religious, cultural and language difference will prevail in the long run.


Uncontrolled immigration into any "nation" fuel the fire for future revolts. The dedication to religion, language and culture overrides all attempts to force creation or maintenance of a "nation." The U.S. should stop trying to create the perfect world based on our idea of what's right. Let nature takes its course and let the rest of the world resolve its differences.


Chris Wiechert, Ormond Beach


Shouldn’t have run


With the publication of Matt Gaetz’s fiction-laced letter, the opinion page of the Daytona Beach News-Journal appears to have claimed a role alongside Fox News, Breitbart, and the Daily Stormer as leaders in “alternative facts.”


It’s no wonder then that the U.S. — “the land of the free and the home of the brave” – has now dropped to a ranking of 28th in the 2019 International Press Freedom Index, behind Namibia and Romania. The News-Journal is doing its part is our sad decline.


Greg Heeter, DeLand


Print the facts


Regarding claims that the Mueller investigation indicate President Trump did anything wrong, it didn’t produce a modicum of evidence against him, yet cost we the people over $25 million. There was no collusion, no obstruction and no charges leveled by Congress. Russia did interfere in the 2016 election, but it was not through Trump.


Regarding slamming The News-Journal for printing Rep. Matt Gaetz’s opinion, I am truly shocked that anyone of either party would deny free speech to another. America achieved greatness because of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The mandate of a journalist is to provide all pertinent facts of any issue and let the reader decide what is right and wrong. Opinion is reserved for the opinion pages. There does seem to be a definite slant to all media these days and it isn’t good for our country.


I don’t believe President Trump is guilty of an impeachable offense and yet our elected officials in one [arty are consumed with such hatred, they have completely abandoned all pretense of doing the work of the people. Where was their outrage when Hillary Clinton was accused of selling uranium to the Russians?


Put the shoe on the other foot and imagine all Republicans in Congress demanding impeachment of President Obama with only hearsay evidence. The fury of the Democrats would be heard on the moon, and rightly so.


Print the facts, print the truth and stop calling everyone names. We can do better.


Sally Gillies, Ormond Beach


Crooked rhetoric


A masterpiece of implied, hate-filled rhetoric darkened the opinion page, penned by Rep. Matt Gaetz (or his minions)


I characterize this self-serving attempt at justification for his "raid" on the Impeachment Inquiry as hate-filled based, primarily on the repeated use of words to describe his understanding of the political scene: huddled like rats, Trump hating McCabe, contorted the media, scheming behind closed doors, failed Mueller investigation, ad Infinitum. Great vocabularly as whole sentences scream out with hyperbole filled with half-truths, conspiracy theories and undocumented “facts.”


We the people can make America whole again at the ballot box. Undereducated representatives with little or no knowledge of the Constitution or the rule of law need not apply to represent we the people. Representative Gaetz certainly lacked the knowledge that 48 Republicans were legitimately designated to attend the impeachment inquiry to represent their party. They, like the 55 Democrats, had full authority to question the witnesses. What is secret when 103 members of Congress come together as required by their oath of office to to uphold our Constitution?


Rita Lucey, Orange City