Letters to the editor: Oct. 6, 2009

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 6, 2009:

Letter of the Day: Please, my friends ...

Editor, Daily News:

I am a retired Collier County Public Schools transportation safety manager.

For over a month, school has been back in session all over our county, and I see tragedy lurking on the streets every day:

People driving their vehicles and not paying attention to stopped school buses; people driving past stopped school buses with stop arms out and red flashing lights, just as if the bus were not there.

Please take a moment and save a young life.

Get off the phone; stop texting; stop putting on makeup; put down the food; and pay attention to the roadway.

The first accident I can remember witnessing was a child being struck and killed by a car passing a stopped bus. The young man was around 12 and I was 8. The driver of the blue convertible was not paying attention.

Please, my friends, slow down.

Look and stop for the school bus with the flashing red lights.

— Sharon Thomas


We are here

Editor, Daily News:

Over a quarter century in Collier County and 100 years as a national organization, and Saturday’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) annual fundraising dinner failed to merit a photo spread.

Had this been the annual swamp buggy race or the wine festival, I am sure as in the past the Daily News would have splashed pictures of the event across several pages.

I suppose one should be happy for the write-up, which at the very least could have chronicled all the positive work performed locally over the years by the local NAACP chapter.

There existed, certainly, a back story how cooler and calmer heads have kept the lid on race discrimination in Collier County thanks to the NAACP and its work with local government agencies. Perhaps more, detailing how funds raised over the years have helped students of all ethnic persuasion with scholarships or families experiencing hardships.

Yes, more could have been reported and certainly a few photos of Saturday’s event would have been appropriate, especially one of the guest speaker, Manuel V. Scott.

Scott’s story, which in part was told in the movie “Freedom Writers” starring Hilary Swank, continues to be a story that needs telling over and over again so people can experience and learn from his example to always look forward, not give up and to give back.

Harold Weeks, president of the local NAACP chapter, says the organization has bold dreams for big victories.

However, without a conduit to express these bold dreams such as the Daily News, those victories, big or small, may be hollow.

— Garland Edmonson


The good doctor

Editor, Daily News:

As an FBI agent (now retired) for 31 years, I am familiar with press reportings of my investigations and of others in our field office.

I am also familiar with the fact that in some cases, these reports were misrepresented, distorted or were plain untruthful concerning these investigations. Any attempt to correct the untruthful reporting just would have made matters worse.

The truth of any criminal matter can only be established in court with the witnesses under oath. At the time of trial, accounts are usually very different from what was previously reported in the newspapers.

Dr. Andrew Guidry performs a vital service on Marco Island. He has stayed faithful to the practice of family medicine and operates a walk-in clinic, where no appointments need be made, and where service is always prompt and courteous.

My wife and I agree that for us, his diagnoses have always been accurate and his prescriptions effective. He feels no compunction about recommending a specialist when he feels this is necessary.

I have observed persons of different ethnic backgrounds of all walks of life and of all ages in his office. It was obvious to me that we shared a faith in Guidry and a gratitude for the way he runs his clinic.

A sign proclaiming that no one shall be turned away because of lack of insurance greets each one entering his waiting room.

After three years of visits to his office, my wife and I have been 100 percent satisfied with his service and competence.

— Barry D. Gwinn

Marco Island

What are we missing?

Editor, Daily News:

Well, I attended the Collier County School Board meeting on sex education last week. From what I heard, everything people were complaining about not being in the material used in our school system is being used already.

Those on the board who were crying about comprehensive sex education not being included in the system were told by one of the administrators, with a short overview of the program, that Collier County does include comprehensive sex education already.

So my question now is, what is their hidden agenda? What do they really want taught to our kids in Collier County?

— Terry Pardue


Here and there

Editor, Daily News:

Well, I bet Chicagoans are relieved that the old smooth-talker could not convince the International Olympic Committee in Denmark to hold the 2016 event in Chicago.

Now the state will not be plunged deeper into bankruptcy with the United States.

The president seemed to have enjoyed the trip, but not his wife, who expressed what a sacrifice she made to go there.

On Friday, the president expressed his sorrow over the unimproved job statistics, while Congress earmarked an increase to its expenses by 6 percent.

What a wonderful country!

— Eugene Morawski

Bonita Springs

That’s it

Editor, Daily News:

Even though the Chicago Olympics committee sounded a bit “whiney” after they lost their bid for the Olympics, we all know why.

It was former President George W. Bush’s fault.

— J.D. Grey


A gold medal performance

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Olympics.

A well-deserved slap in the face for the city of Chicago and an arrogant presidential team.

Well done, International Olympic Committee.

— Allan Sperl

Bonita Springs

It’s everywhere

Editor, Daily News:

Can you believe the racism that has become apparent in the International Olympic Committee?

— Frank Oakes


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