Letters to the editor: June 6

A Muslim America?

EDITOR, THE BANNER

Today’s Associated Press release to the Daily News tells us that Muslims from all over the world are awaiting President Obama’s apology for our occupation of Iraq and support of Israel under the leadership of President Bush. I hope that I am not alone in my advice to Obama not to go so far as to invite an Islam/Muslim take-over of the United States of America. The way of life in this country is at stake.

My reading of international news informs me that the countries that have welcomed or made peace out of fear with Muslims are regretting their honest belief that a mutual respect for the host country would be the result of that “welcome.” What really has happened over several years is that Muslims have taken over the country by migration and high birth rates. When polarized populations in any country are significant in number to control the political process, and they have the desire to do so, they can take over the religious, social and economic fabric of that country. President Obama knows this and his remark that the U.S.A. is no longer a Christian country seems to be offering a “welcome” for a radial change in the Judeo-Christian population of the U.S.A.

The President demonstrates in his first 100 days in office that he is narcissistic in personally believing that he alone knows the answer to every concern in this country, and maybe even in the world. The Muslim world sees this and sees the opportunity to have our president invite them into the U.S.A. for the take-over they need to have the Islamic world that evidences show is their plan.

ED FITZGERALD

Bonita Springs

What happened to Korea?

EDITOR, THE BANNER

Ref: Banner 23 May 2009. Suggest political cartoonist Neseman open a history book! He might find that there was a thing called the Korean War. Never mind that old hack about a “Police Action,” which was nothing more than a political ruse.

Ref: the Korean War Memorial in the city of Liars, Cheats, Thieves & Grafters. I believe there were more war dead in Korea than the War of 1812, Iraq and Afghanistan. Not sure about Nam.

The editor of the Banner should have caught this omission!

DAVID ROGERS

Bonita

A little luck goes a long way

EDITOR, THE BANNER

This particular day would find me driving to Sarasota to purchase a cute little convertible my daughter found for herself on the Internet. On the way, I spotted another convertible of the same make. It was very nice and less expensive. I thought my daughter might like it just as much. To my surprise, the salesman suggested I check out the other car first and even offered me some tips on how to buy it at the best price.

The other car looked perfect! I made them an offer, then took it for a test drive. The test drive was a failure as the car shook a little. I was disappointed and so was the sales person. I withdrew my offer. He pleaded with me to let the service department take another look at the car. Turns out the mechanic had put brand new tires on the car and failed to balance them. The manager apologized and offered me the car at my price. I drove it again and it was perfect. Everyone was happy — especially my daughter. I informed my salesman how we were both in debt to salesman No. 1. I invited him for lunch and I’m sure salesman No. 2 will do the same. My lucky day was not over yet.

I had a blowout on the way home, narrowly avoiding an accident. Three minutes later a tow truck arrives along with a happy-go-lucky driver. We have the same ethnic background, so we had a lot in common. I needed a whole new set of tires. He took me to a friend of his for tires, I got a great deal. I saved money on the tires and he didn’t charge me for the extra mileage to get to his friend. I got home safe and the pizza I ordered before the blowout was still a little warm.

I pray you will have a lucky day like this once in a while.

PETER APOSTLE

Bonita Springs

Sold down the river

EDITOR, THE BANNER

To confirm what Charlie Strader wrote to the Banner on Saturday, May 30, I would like to notify the public, for the record, that I spoke in opposition to the rezoning of the city and taxpayer owned Imperial Landing (Bamboo Village) property before the advisory zoning board on April 3. I had a presentation in excess of four minutes as the record shows.

Based upon my comments and that of all other persons except for one that spoke before this six member panel, the zoning board, in its advisory capacity to the city council, voted 3 to 3 to remove the 102 condominium units from this zoning application. The vote allowed only 32,000 square feet of commercial zoning or a library on this 5.27 acre parcel of city (taxpayer) owned property in the heart of Old 41 bisecting the imperial River.

At the time of the final zoning hearing before the city council on May 18, at the end of a day long hearing on three previous zoning cases, the mayor allowed me only four minutes to speak and uncharacteristically cut me off about halfway through what I had to say.

Unfortunately, the present city council voted 5 to 2 to overturn the zoning board’s denial and approved the 102 unit condominium project and 32,000 square feet of commercial space with only giving the public (city taxpayers) an inconsistently 50 foot setback along both sides of the Imperial River, a flood prone area that I constantly reminded the taxpayers about when I was on the city council.

Of concern to many is that the mayor owns the property at 10530 Wilson Street N. 40, immediately to the south of this 5.27 acre parcel the city taxpayers own. The mayor also owns the property at 27075 Center Avenue, less than a half-block north of this 5.27 acre parcel.

The taxpayers of Bonita will never be able to replace this jewel once it is sold to private developers.

For the record, while I was on the original Local Planning agency (2000-2004) and on the city council (2004-2008) regardless of threats and intimidation, I never voted to sell the taxpayers down the river. The Imperial, that is.

ALEXANDER P. GRANTT

Bonita Springs

Another Band-Aid approached that failed

EDITOR, THE BANNER

Well I see another “band-aid approach” doomed to utter failure. Don’t remember? Let me refresh your memory!

Several months ago our mayor saw fit to wave all fees for building and renovation of any building in the Historic District. Why landlords will take advantage of this give away program and start renovations and new buildings. Why it would not surprise me if the auto repair on the corner of Old 41 Road and West Terry Street will rip down his building and build a bed and breakfast. He really said it; he does have a sense of humor you know. Why they will see what I did on the “Survey” eating establishment. Why they will renovate their buildings.

Really Mr. Mayor! When are you going to learn or what will it take to convince you that landlords in the downtown area are a bunch of leeches who don’t care about you, the council, this city and the people living here. Most have not invested 25 dollars in 25 years in their properties. Most are absent landlords living elsewhere.

Case in point! Let’s talk about the garage owned by Mr. Harris. Our mayor talked about this vacant building as Mr. Harris had trouble renting it. Well Mr. Harris listened to the mayor saying landlords will do something to their buildings. Mr. Harris did just that, he rented the garage to a tire dealer; the tenants painted the building stark white with royal blue trim. Used tires on a rack over a pick-up truck made up signs saying oil change and brake jobs. Next it will be several used cars for sale.

Where is this location? Why directly across the street from the Shangri la that’s planning to open shortly. Perhaps their patrons will say, “Oh! That’s quaint or charming.” Ah, Mr. Harris, a pillar of the community, and why not? No color codes, no building codes, another case of “do nothing policy.”

So Mr. Harris probably said screw you guys, I can only rent my building for an auto repair shop. Have to obtain clearance from the environmental agency because of oil and grease seeping into the ground. As for the painting of the premises? That’s the tenant’s problem; they can paint it any color they want. They pay the rent every month and that’s all I care about.

WILLIAM LEWIS

Bonita Springs

What happened to Korea?

EDITOR, THE BANNER

Ref: Banner 23 May 2009. Suggest political cartoonist Neseman open a history book! He might find that there was a thing called the Korean War. Never mind that old hack about a “Police Action,” which was nothing more than a political ruse.

Ref: the Korean War Memorial in the city of Liars, Cheats, Thieves & Grafters. I believe there were more war dead in Korea than the War of 1812, Iraq and Afghanistan. Not sure about Nam.

The editor of the Banner should have caught this omission!

DAVID ROGERS

Bonita

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