Editor, The Beacon:
The article describing the county land designated for paintball games (to be approved by the County Council) is distressing. I am opposed to teaching boys, girls, men and women that war is a game and that war might be fun. Do we want our fellow Floridians to think that shooting at an opponent is recreation?
So I ask you, what are the long-term goals for this project?
Secondly, I’ve read that paintball paint is toxic for dogs and most likely for cats, but there are many native species of plants and animals that we don’t have any data on. Are they just collateral victims of the “fun”?
The long-term effects on the land and its inhabitants deserve your scrupulous consideration, as well as the psyches of the participants. Surely there are better opportunities for the property.