Letters to the Editor: March 18

Mayor to Palmira: Sorry

EDITOR, THE BANNER

Sometimes you make mistakes that are hard to come back from and are difficult for some to forgive. Last Tuesday, prior to the City’s Branding workshop, I made such a mistake, one that I sincerely regret and apologize for. Like many others, I depend on a system of electronic scheduling to get me where I need to be and somehow, that system failed me. To make matters worse, I was out of phone contact, preparing for the workshop. As a result, I disappointed a group of citizens that was waiting patiently for me. I was scheduled to join the residents of Palmira in celebrating a hard earned and well-deserved accomplishment. In the finest tradition of community spirit and cooperation, this beautiful community had pulled together and saved itself from a dire financial situation not of their making. They have a right to be proud of their accomplishments and a right to be disappointed that their Mayor didn’t attend. I want them to know that my failure to attend their celebration was certainly not intentional and I am not only proud of their accomplishment, but I’m proud to call them my neighbors and my fellow Bonitians.

BEN NELSON,

Mayor, Bonita Springs

Keeping record straight not so easy after all

EDITOR, THE BANNER

Apparently it IS difficult to set the record straight and Mr. Bingham should have read a little further.

He just took out of context some of the information; but there is more. Some may call it “double-dipping.”

Yes, they contribute a small percentage of their salaries to one or both systems; but they also get a nice return on down the line.

If they were covered ONLY by Social Security like most working people in this country; the Social Security system would have been FIXED a long time ago.

See this Web site: www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30631.pdf

CHERIE OVERBAUGH,

Bonita Springs

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