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wasteland, with once pristine aquifers brim- ful of toxic chemicals that snuff out all life as we now know it. We urge our readers to educate themselves on the harmful effects of fracking and how it can negatively impact our state. Start by viewing the excellent documentary Gasland, which can be found through the link at the end of this editorial. There also is a sequel — Gasland Two — available through video stores or online sources. Then read the materials available through,, and others. Next, let your legislators know they must not allow fracking in our state. Otherwise, what was once a pristine paradise only 500 years ago will become a devastated monument to the depredation of corporate avarice and governmental disinterest. View Gasland on Youtube. % LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sarasota News Leader wel- comes letters to the editor from its readers. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length, and include the name, street address and telephone num- ber of the writer. Letters should be emailed to, with "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line. Let- ters actually printed will be selected based on space available, subject matter and other fac- tors. We reserve the right to edit any letters submitted for length, grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted become the property of The Sarasota News Leader. To the Editor: I was intrigued with the letter from Pete Theisen (Jan. 24) insisting that the "luna- t i c f r i n g e " d o m i n a t i n g t h e R e p u b l i c a n Party in Sarasota is not its "right wing," but its "left wing" — equating its "mon- eyed bigwigs" seeking "handouts" and " s u b s i d i e s " w i t h m o t h e r s o n w e l f a r e , a n d f i n a l l y a s s e r t i n g t h a t " We l f a r e i s left, not right." It was mindful of the exchange between Alice and Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." Bernard P. Friel Siesta Key READER OFFERS A THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ANALOGY LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPINION Sarasota News Leader January 31, 2014 Page 80

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