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NEWS » TALLAHASSEEDEMOCRAT » MONDAY,MAY20,2013 » 5A N otedAmericansatirist andjournalistH.L. Menckenoncesaid,“For everycomplexproblemthere isananswer thatisclear, simpleand wrong.” That’san observation worthremem- beringaswe seektore- storeand protectFlori- da’sGulf Coastinthe wakeofthe 2010DeepwaterHorizonoil spill. WithpassageoftheRE- STOREAct,80percentof CleanWaterActfinespaidby BPandotherpartiesrespon- sibleforthespillnowwillbe usedtofundprojectsthatben- efittheGulfofMexico’scoast- alresources. Thisisanunprecedented opportunitytosupporton-the- groundprojectstorestoreGulf environments,helpingcommu- nitiesbecomemoreresilientto adversity. Unfortunately,italsoopens thedoorto“quickfix”projects thatmayappeartoprovide simplesolutions,butinreality lackacriticalscience-based foundation. CurrentlyGulfcoastal statesarecollectingproposals forrestorationprojectsfrom managementagencies,munici- palities,countygovernments, citizens’groups,nonprofits andothers. Theamountoffundinglike- lytobeavailableisunprece- dented.Whiletheprocessof selectingprojectsisstilltobe determined,theapproaches usedcanbenefitfromkey lessonslearnedinsimilaref- forts. First,projectsmusthavea foundationinscience. Naturalresourcemanage- mentdecisionsforrestoring uniqueenvironmentslikethe Gulfarecomplexproblems withoutsimplesolutions.Yetit ishumannature,especially whenfacedwithincompleteor contradictoryinformation,to acceptthesimplestexplana- tionfirst,thentotrytosolve theproblemwithintuitionand quickaction. Unfortunately,thereare manyexamplesaroundthe worldwherethisapproachhas beenineffective. IntheChesapeakeBay,for instance,hatcherieshavepro- ducedhundredsofmillionsof oysterlarvaetohelpcleanthe bay’spollutedwaterandboost theonce-thrivingoysterindus- try,buttheseeffortshavehad limitedsuccess.Why?Because theconditionsforsurvival remainpoorduetoimpaired waterquality,depletedsub- strateandprevalentparasitic diseases.Ahatcherymightbe apartialrestorationtool,but thesimplesolutionofbuilding hatcheriestoprovidemore larvaewasthewronganswer tothecomplicatedproblemof restoringnaturalpopulations. Closertohome,thecom- mercialharvestofoysters fromApalachicolaBayhas declinedsignificantlyandfor unknownreasons.Working withmanagementagencies andthelocalcommunity,Uni- versityofFloridaresearchers haveassessedarangeofpos- siblecauses—recordlow freshwaterflows,disease, over-harvest—thatsingularly orincombinationcouldall causetheoysterpopulationto collapse. TheRESTOREActprovides anopportunitytobegintore- storetheApalachicolaBay oysterpopulationandtheasso- ciatedcoastaleconomy,while alsoteachingushowtomake theenvironmentmoreresilient tofuturethreats.Manyofthe ideasproposedareintuitively simple,butweknowfrom experiencethatthesolutionis likelymorecomplicatedthanit initiallyappears. Inadditiontoafirmfounda- tioninscience,wemustalso acknowledgeuncertaintyin howecosystemsrespondto restorationactions. Thisdoesn’tmeanrestora- tioncan’tbesuccessful.In- stead,theseuncertainties forceustodesignrestoration projectsasdeliberateexperi- mentswecanlearnfrom.We could,forinstance,learnalot abouthowfreshwaterflows fromtheApalachicolaRiver influenceoysterabundancein thebaysimplybyrestoring someoysterbarsnearthe rivermouth,wherefreshwater fromtherivercreateslower salinityhabitats,andothers fartherawayfromtheriver mouth,wheresalinityishigh- er. Finally,itiscriticalthat restorationprojectshavecom- munitysupport. AlongtheGulfcoast,resi- dentsandindustriesmust activelyparticipateinrestora- tionprojectstoreinforcestew- ardshipofcoastalresources. InApalachicolaBay,UFis helpingoystermenandothers whoselivelihoodsdependon theoysterharvestplanfor sustainablyusingtheresource. Theyhavecontributedtofield researchandrestorationactiv- ities,andtheyareambassa- dorsinthecommunity,helping abroadersegmentofthepop- ulationunderstandtheimpor- tanceofenvironmentalstew- ardshiptotheirqualityoflife andtheireconomicfuture. TheDeepwaterHorizon spillwasaterribledisaster thatresultedinthetragicloss ofhumanlifeandlong-term harmtopeople’slivelihoods. Thespillalsodamagedlarge areasoftheGulfofMexico, perhapspermanently.Three yearslater,theRESTOREAct aimstoproviderestorationand researchprojectstorepair someofthisharmtotheGulf’s coastalcommunities. Tomakethemostofthis opportunity,wemustadopta deliberateapproachtoevalu- ateandselectprojectsthat maximizelearning,embrace uncertaintyandinvolvelocal communities.Insodoing,we increasethelikelihoodof achievingourtruegoalofre- storingandprotectingFlori- da’sGulfofMexicoenviron- mentsandeconomies. JackPayneistheUniversityofFlorida’s seniorvicepresidentforagricultureand naturalresources.Contacthimatjack- payne@ufl.edu. Gulfrestorationneedsscienceandcommunity JackPayne MyView W hentheFBIraidedtheabor- tionclinicofthenow-infa- mousKermitGosnellin2010, theagentsfound47humanfetusesin afreezer.Gosnellreportedlystored thefetusesinthefreezerbecauseofa billingdisputewiththebiohazard wastecompanythatwashiredto disposeofthem. Nowheretoput thedeadbabies?Put theminafreezer. Ofcourse,Gos- nellhasbeencon- victedofmurdering born-alivebabies.Yetthelarger questionsocietymustaskisthis: Whenwillwestoptreatingaborted babieslikegarbage?Literallyas piecesofjunktobetossedinbiomed- icalwastebagsorflusheddown drainagesystems? TheGosnellcasecouldbeawater- shedmomentinAmerica'sdiscourse onabortion:Thefullhumanityofthe womenseekingabortions,andthe babieswhoareaborted,areonpublic displaylikeneverbefore. Tobesure,pollsconsistentlyshow publicsupportforabortionrights, evenamongreligiousAmericans.For example,accordingtoarecentsur- veybythePewResearchCenter, majoritiesinmostChristiandenom- inationspersonallyfindabortiontobe immoral,yetstilldonotwanttosee Roev.Wadeoverturned. InJanuary,the40thannualMarch forLifewasheldinWashington, whileaWestCoastMarchforLife tookplaceinSanFrancisco.These aremarchesinwhichsomeofthe participantsthemselves,albeitun- wittingly,confirmformanyAmer- icansexactlywhywomenseeking abortionsshouldneverbecrimi- nalized. EveryyearattheMarchforLife events,post-abortionwomenwill cometothepodiumandoffertheir personaltestimoniesforthecauseof outlawingabortion.Theyaretestimo- niesladenwithregret. Atthe2013SanFranciscoevent, KellyClinger,aformerbackground singerforBritneySpears,gavea particularlygut-wrenchingtestimo- ny.Uponreturninghomeafteran abortion,Clingerfellillandhadtobe rushedtothehospital.Thedoctorat thehospitalinformedherthather baby'shandsandfeetwerestillinside heruterus.Clingerisnowastaunch anti-abortionactivist. Thepresenceofthesewomen underscoreswhythegovernment shouldnevertrytodeprivewomen whoseekabortionsoftheirfreedom andautonomy:Thesewomendonot pose,norhavetheyeverposed,a threattosociety.Lawsthatwould targetandunderminetheirfreedom andbodilyautonomywouldlikely resultinthestatusquoanteRoev. Wade:womenseekingback-alley abortions,alongwiththethreatsto theirlivesandsafetythataccompany suchprocedures. Itmaywellbetrue,asmanyof thesewomenattest,thatintheab- senceofRoev.Wade,theywould haveneverhadtheirabortionsinthe firstplace.Yetfrommultiplestand- points—libertarian,feminist,aswell asaconservativestandpointofpa- rentalresponsibility—itcanbediffi- culttoacceptsuchanattitudeas anythingotherthanacop-out,pre- ciselyforthefactthatitattemptsto assignblameonthestateforanindi- vidual’spreviousstateofconscious- ness. Aspreviousgenerationshave spentdecadesarguingaboutwhat degreeofstatepaternalismisneces- sarytophysicallyrestrainwomen fromgettingabortions,millionsof babieshavehadtheirphysicalre- mainstreatedlike,well,garbage. Unlikethedecisiontoabort,which takesplacewithintheconfinesof individualconscience,thetreatment ofthephysicalremainsofaborted babies—onceextractedfromawom- an’sbody—isinthehandsofthe stategovernments.Indeed,though theyaredead,thebodiesoftheba- biesarenonethelessabandoned. Somethinghastobedonewiththose remains,andasmuchasmanywould prefertheseremainsconveniently disappearintothinair,theydon’t. ThequestionthoseChristiansand otherswhobelieveabortionisimmor- al,yetwhosimultaneouslydonot wanttocriminalizewomenseeking abortions,oughttoaskisthis:Isthe disposalofabortedbabiesinone's ownstateastandardthatsociety wouldeverconsciouslyallowfor bornpersons?Recall,forexample, thepublicoutragein2011whenitwas revealedthatthePentagonhad dumpedtheremainsofsomeU.S. soldiersinalandfill. Allowingcitizenstoobtainstate- issuedlicensestorecoverthere- mainsofabortedbabies,specifically forthepurposeofburial,wouldnot infringeontheprivacyrightsof womenseekingabortions. Bynotallowingcitizenstoprovide thosebabieswiththedignifiedfuner- alsthatsomefeeltheydeserveas childrenofGod—notchildrenofa lesserGod—thebeliefthatfetuses arejustpotentialhumanbeings,not actualpeople,isimposedontherest ofsociety. Isnotthecoreofthepro-choice movementthatnoonehasarightto imposebeliefsonothers? FortyyearsafterRoe,andas abortedbabiescontinuetopileupin trashbags,perhapsit’stimeforall Americanstoreconsiderwhoseim- posingonwhom. TimothyVillarealisaMiami-basedwriter.Hewrites regularlyathttp://timothyvillareal.wordpress.com. Atleastletus buryourunborn Treatingfetusesaswastemakesastatement Timothy Villareal MyView RICKNEASE/MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE T he2013Atlantichurricaneseason justtwoweeksaway,andtopfore- castersarewarningresidentsin storm-threatenedstates,includingFlori- da,toprepareforabusier-than-usual season.Anaverageyearhas12tropical storms,sevenofthem hurricanes.Predictions for2013includeninehur- ricanesandninetropical storms. Ifadamagingstormstrikesyour homeorbusiness,areyoufinancially prepared? Financialpreparationmeansmore thanjusthavingcopiesofimportantdoc- umentsinadisaster-preparationkitthat youkeepcloseintheeventofastormor evacuation.Foraninsurancepolicyhold- er,italsorequiresanunderstandingof whatobligationswouldbefacedinsub- mittingaclaimfordamagetoahomeor business—andtheprofessionalhelp availableifneeded. TheFloridaAssociationofPublicIn- suranceAdjusters(FAPIA),withnearly 400memberswhoserveaspolicyholder advocatesduringtheclaimsprocess, urgesFloridianstobeginplanningnow byreadingtheirinsurancepolicies.What isyourdeductible?Doyouknowwhatis excludedinyourwindstormdeductible? Doyouknowwheretoturnifyouneed helpwithaninsuranceclaim?Public insuranceadjusters,forexample,work onbehalfofpolicyholderstohelpthem throughtheclaimsprocessafteradam- agingevent. Hurricanesarenottheonlydamaging eventsthatcanrequireahomeorbusi- nessownertopresentaninsuranceclaim inwhichpublicadjustersservepolicy- holders,buttheycanbeamongthemost devastatingtoaFloridian’spropertyand finances.Forecasterssaythat,forthe EastCoast,includingallofFlorida,the chanceofamajorhurricanestrikeis48 percent. OnbehalfofFAPIA,foundedtwodec- adesagowithaguidingmissionofcon- sumeradvocacy,IurgeFloridiansto prepareforthe2013hurricaneseason nowbytakingthesesimplebutimportant steps: » Makeavisualrecordofyourhome andpossessions.Useyourdigitalcamera, smartphoneorvideorecordertodocu- menttheconditionofyourhomeand belongingsbeforeanydamage. » Prepareadetailedlistofallyour personalandbusinesspropertybeforea disasterstrikes.Thiswillhelpdocument yourclaimafteraloss. » Gatherreceiptsforlargeitemssuch asmajorappliances,furnitureandelec- tronics;makecopiestoincludewithyour propertyinventory. » Createadisastersupplykitthat includescopiesofyourinsurancepol- icies,familymedicalinformation,deeds andwills,etc.Placetheoriginalsofthose importantdocumentsinasafedeposit box,safeorinatightlysealedcontainer inyourcar. » Carefullyreviewyourinsurance coveragetodetermineyourdeductibleon anypotentialloss. » Reviewthe“DutiesAfterLoss”sec- tionofyourpolicyandthe“Exclusions” portionofyourwindstormpolicy.Many insurancecompanieshaveaddednew exclusionstocoverage,whichcouldaf- fectyourprotection. Ifyouplantousethehelpofapublic adjuster,researchfapia.netnowtofinda licensedFAPIAmemberyoutrust. GeorgeKeys,aseniorprofessionalpublicadjuster,is presidentoftheFloridaAssociationofPublicInsurance Adjusters. Prepare financially beforea stormhits GeorgeKeys MyView OPINION

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