Letters to the editor: May 27

‘Best solution’

EDITOR, THE BANNER

An accident is “a specific, identifiable, unexpected and unintended event, which occurs in a particular time and place, without apparent or deliberate cause but with marked effects.”

Planning is “an act of formulating a program for a definite course of action.”

Now, accidents can occur even if we are prepared, but our daily lives involve as much planning as possible in order for them to be less stressful and hopefully to prevent accidents. So we have travel planners and financial planners, as well as planned cities, neighborhoods and communities.

If there is any event requiring careful planning, it’s parenthood. Left to chance, not only does one not consider all the consequences of the pregnancy itself, but the incredible responsibility parenthood involves. All the great benefits must be weighed with the total picture, including the biological, social and emotional effects as well as the financial obligations of providing food, shelter, health care and education.

Most abortions are acts of desperation by a girl or woman who for varied reasons does not feel she will be able to provide for the child. The best solution to decreasing abortion is prevention, which requires intensive planning, involving comprehensive sex education, including abstinence, in the schools. Teaching isolated abstinence-only has been ineffective.

Sadly, many low-income women simply cannot afford contraception. Affordable contraceptives, including the “morning-after” pill, must be readily available. Why anyone who wants to decrease abortions, which will always occur whether legal or not, is opposed to this sensible approach is baffling.

ALLEN MALNAK, M.D.

Bonita Springs

Think first

EDITOR, THE BANNER

Abortion is one of the hot topics of today.

As I sit at my kitchen table reading the letters to the editor regarding this issue, I can’t help but think: If my mother had chosen to abort me because of an unwanted pregnancy, I would never have known. On the other hand, if she had no choice, and I was brought into this world with a mother and father who did not want me — and very possibly did not love me or properly took care of me — to me that would be a fate worse than death.

Choices are what makes the world go ’round and some choices are easier than others. I know that adoption and foster care are options. Yet, living with the fact your mother and father gave you away still has to hurt.

God bless those parents who adopt or care for these special children.

The choice of having an abortion is more difficult than choosing abstinence, birth control or the morning-after pill if someone is not ready or mature enough to bring a precious soul into this world.

Permitting a woman the right to have an abortion will be on her conscience, and hers alone.

PAT SOLIE

Naples

Real stimulus

EDITOR, THE BANNER

The mail arrived with our Social Security stimulus letter.

Also in the mail was a request from the Salvation Army to help send a kid to camp.

We are fortunate and don’t need the check. Easy decision! Give it to the Salvation Army to help send some kids to camp. Kids are stimulated. And our hearts are stimulated!

If you are also fortunate, why not consider donating your Social Security stimulus to the Salvation Army or other charity of your choice?

TOM AND JUDY MAISH

Bonita Springs

Hear this

EDITOR, THE BANNER

It is becoming clearer that those who want to shackle conservative radio programs understand their reach will fail on both constitutional and public opinion grounds.

So now they seem to pursue the same end by requiring “local programing” as an offset and may do so under Federal Communications Commission sponsorship rather than through Congress.

I hope our readers will be alert to stealth actions seeking to diminish our options to hear “the rest of the story.”

Stay tuned!

DON LOHMANN

Bonita Springs

Rx for smart

EDITOR, THE BANNER

As society has become more technologically focused, the relationship between pharmacists and patients has gradually shifted from one of counselor-patient to that of retailer-consumer. This is unfortunate.

In the April 25 article headlined “Local Walgreens stores sending more prescriptions to Orlando to be filled,” it was reported that more pharmacies are now sending prescriptions out to a central-fill location. As a local pharmacist for 18 years, I believe it’s important to know the potential risks and drawbacks of such a system.

Because of the extra steps involved when prescriptions are filled off site, the opportunity for mistakes, such as the wrong medication or wrong dosage, can be greater, and the wait time for prescriptions can be longer. Additionally, this move potentially sets the stage to eliminate pharmacists from local stores.

I urge consumers to consider their choice of a pharmacy as carefully as their choice of a physician. They should always feel free to ask if their prescription is being sent to a central-fill location.

They should also find a pharmacy where the pharmacist is available to counsel them about any questions or concerns.

I believe my job as a pharmacist is more than simply putting medication in a bottle. That’s why I offer personalized services, like free home delivery and compounding. It’s also why patients never get an automated system when they call our pharmacy.

I am all in favor of using technology when it can benefit the patient, but the central-fill system is a lose-lose proposition for pharmacists and the public.

JEFF STEELE

Fort Myers

Myerlee Pharmacy

Life’s a beach?

EDITOR, THE BANNER

On a recent Sunday, I tried going to Vanderbilt Beach for a swim.

I shouldn’t have had to try so hard. Although I have a beach parking sticker, it was useless, since the parking garage was full. Then I tried street parking, but of course the metered parking spaces were taken.

I rode around the neighborhood, and every potential parking space I saw was festooned with tow-away-zone warnings.

I drove back to the parking garage, but it was blocked off with traffic cones and a police cruiser with its lights ominously flashing.

Frustrated that I had already spent nearly an hour of my Sunday trying to park, I drove north to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. There was a motionless line of cars waiting to get in, stretching back over the access bridge and nearly to Connor Park.

An overheated deputy waved me back toward Vanderbilt Beach, where traffic continued to build and a sign at the parking garage said that spaces would be available in one hour.

Tired, hot and discouraged, I drove home and jumped into my pool, never catching a glimpse of the Gulf that day.

It has become increasingly difficult to access our lovely beaches in North Naples, leaving many local taxpayers high and dry.

JOE CARUFE

North Naples

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