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I was the St. Johns River Water Management District’s outside economic consultant on CUPs (Consumptive Use Permits) during the past decade. My efforts made it their only successful period of reducing water use.

As one of the protesters near the Orlando Trump rally, I felt very uncomfortable. My discomfort was due in part to my fear of violence. In greater part, however, it had a deeper cause.

Editor’s note: The opinion pieces below were contributed by two students in Julie Kaidor’s fourth-grade class at St. Barnabas Episcopal School in DeLand.