Next week's County Commission meeting features a vote on an item that should never even have appeared on the agenda.
It's a request by an
doctor to pump — for profit — water that ought to be kept for the use of the people who live here.
This is the sixth time Dr. Hang Yu Chon and his wife, Youn Sup Chon, have tried to tap into Lake's dwindling water supply, starting 16 years ago.
Each time, their scheme has gotten bigger and more complicated. Each time, commissioners have said no.
This time, the couple wants to pump a mind-boggling 36.5 million gallons a year, load it into trucks with overhead booms and drive it away to some unnamed bottling plant.
And the Chons actually are talking about eventually bottling, not just selling, the water. The application states: "The owner has indicated that he may construct a bottling plant within the county on property owned by the owner, providing important jobs to the area."
Oh, that's a marvelous idea, isn't it? If we give away all the drinking water, then maybe we could attract some jobs by storing nuclear waste in the Floridan aquifer. Yes! Brilliant!
The Chons' request shouldn't even be considered. It already was decided five other times, and the request hasn't changed significantly enough that commissioners should consider it a sixth time.
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Cheerleaders a 'privileged class'?
Readers had a variety of responses to the column about most cheerleaders being told that they can't wear their uniforms on game day, a tradition in Lake high schools.
The note below comes from a retired teacher with a different perspective than most parents or cheerleaders:
"Some cheer outfits are very modest. But allowing revealing cheer outfits in school gives cheerleaders an exception to dress codes, an unfair special permission or privilege to violate rules.
"When I first experienced girls in cheer uniforms in my classroom at
High School, I thought to myself, 'Are cheerleaders a privileged class? Are they more special than student council, art club, library club or Future Business Leaders of America?' But I was a good sport and kept my mouth shut.
"One parent said, 'If you're going to allow them to wear them [cheer outfits] to the game, then why not allow them to wear them to school?'
"There is a big difference: Students wear swim suits to a swim meet, but not in school. And seeing a cheerleader in a skimpy outfit out on the field from 25 to 100 feet is not the same as sitting two or three feet away in class. Plus, an athletic field is a different venue than a classroom, an academic setting.
"Principals and teachers do not enjoy having to deal with dress codes; they would rather parents exercised good judgment and made sure their children dressed appropriately in a business-casual fashion, or at least in a modest and undistracting style, so students can concentrate on learning. Unfortunately, some parents are lacking in judgment or control, and schools have to step in."