Activist Charles Corda sent us a Letter to the Editor, calling out the District 2 Commission candidates for not being up front with their feelings about the Nuclear Reactors planned for Turkey Point. I don't understand how this is an issue in this election, but apparently it is.
Here is Commission Candidate, Ken Russell's response to Charles:
It's a wonder that candidates don't take the bait when you start with insults and end with an impending declaration of candidacy.
I responded to your unrelated comments on my website a couple weeks ago asking to speak further with you about upzoning and appreciating your words whenever I've heard you speak at meetings. You didn't reply.
But the way you write here is not a conversation or an invitation for intelligent discussion. You're on a witch hunt to hammer candidates. Who wants to participate in that?
Regarding more local nuclear power, my mother is from Japan. She grew up a few hours away from the Fukushima nuclear plant. What happened there is devastating. A natural disaster breached the reactors poisoning the area with radiation. Of course I'm concerned that we are so susceptible to hurricanes and sea level rise. We already have a nuclear facility there, but how will the construction and operation of the new ones affect the surrounding environment?
And of course, Nobody wants new giant power lines and poles along the proposed Underline green space that is meant for us to enjoy.
So the bandwagon you'd like to drive and have all the candidates jump on is pretty obvious. You've already got your torch lit and pitchfork raised, and anyone who doesn't answer you is a coward, right? But who wants to engage with a hostile one-sided challenge?
What are the Nuclear alternatives to serving the power needs of the growing community? If nuclear is the best option, is it just a case of "not in my backyard?" Where is better?
Is there a possibility of burying lines instead of stringing wires on poles down US1?
Of course I don't want this. Nobody does so It's a ridiculous question.
But let's talk about alternative solutions. Figure out a better way.
As for you entering the race, If you're going to join our circus of a candidate pool, you're very welcome (I call it a circus affectionately--I'm part of it). You know the issues and you've paid your dues. You have as much right to run as anyone. But it sounds like you'd be another angry candidate who's doing it out of frustration. We've got that position filled in spades. I'm excited about what Miami can be moving forward.
I'm not perfect and I don't have all the answers. That makes me a good Grapevine punching bag. But everyone has seen that I'm willing to engage and keep a level head. Let's keep talking...