Letters to the editor: Oct. 7, 2009

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 7, 2009:

Letter of the Day: Icing on the cake

Editor, Daily News:

Collier County has restrictions on the signs that businesses can display, for good reasons.

However, at a time when there are empty stores all over the county and more are closing every day, perhaps the guidelines should be reviewed.

We were told to remove a temporary sign that said “Open” with an arrow pointing toward our store, Simply Cupcakes, on U.S. 41 East.

The county wants $200 for a 14-day permit. Yet, other businesses can “beat the system” by having someone stand in the road holding a sign.

The “rules” were written when the economy was thriving. Now small businesses need all the help we can get.

What is uglier — a three-foot sign or an abandoned store?

We are located in the back corner of the ABC Liquor Plaza and the sign helped people find us. The code enforcement officer for Collier County was very nice and apologetic, but had to do her job.

I think a little common sense is in order. We need new rules.

If the federal government can give billions to big businesses, can’t local government modify regulations to help small businesses during the time of recovery?

Ken Glasgow


Where we stand?

Editor, Daily News:

I cannot believe you did it again.

On Monday I looked at the baseball standings and sure enough the “new” Daily News combined the entire Eastern and Central divisions of the American League into the National League standings along with the Western Division of the National League.

Naturally the AL standings were all National League teams.

Now another surprise: Instead of bringing the Dodgers back to Brooklyn, the new Daily News gave us two Oct. 4 football schedules — one played Sunday and the other coming in place of the one for Oct. 11, next Sunday.

And I haven’t even read the rest of the Sports section yet.

What’s next?

— John Ravosa


Up with education

Editor, Daily News:

The League of Women Voters of Collier County believes our children’s education is key to the future of our democracy.

Each of us, as community members, must be aware of what’s happening in our schools — whether we have children in them or not — to ensure that students receive the education they need to be good citizens in the future.

As league members, we support:

n A free public school system for Florida with high standards for student achievement and with equality of educational opportunity for all, that is financed adequately by the state through an equitable funding formula;

n Education governance policies that increase professionalism and remove politics from the selection and election processes at both state and district levels, and allow for more local control at the individual school site, with improved student performance as the highest priority;

n High standards for teacher certification and compensation; increased professionalism for teachers and administrators; and

n Expanded public school parental choice under controlled conditions determined by each school district.

With these goals, the league provides plenty of opportunity for community involvement in the issues our schools are facing today.

For more information, please contact us at (239) 263-4656 or lwvcc@lwvcolliercounty.org.

— Sandy Parker


— Marilyn Bogen and Sheilah Crowley

Co-chairs, Education Committee

League of Women Voters of Collier County

Something was missing ...

Editor, Daily News:

Do you suppose President Barack Obama would have had better luck if he had brought former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich along with him to Copenhagen?

— Al Abrahams


FGCU next for fairness?

Editor, Daily News:

As I write this, men, women and children are hungry and desperate; some of these families are exploited Florida tomato pickers who barely have enough money to feed their families.

Through Aramark’s supply chain, Florida Gulf Coast University is responsible for purchasing cheap tomatoes at the expense of the pickers.

Some of the working conditions include sub-poverty wages, no benefits and, in extreme cases, modern-day slavery.

Gov. Charlie Crist has publicly acknowledged this is a harsh reality that exists and the state of Florida ought to do more to weed out slavery rings.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a community-based organization of mostly Mexican, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working the fields and groves of Immokalee. Among some of its many achievements, the CIW has reached internationally recognized agreements with fast-food giants like Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Subway, and the Whole Foods grocery chain. These agreements guarantee one penny more per pound of tomatoes directly to the workers, a humane code of conduct for the supply chain and dialogue between the CIW, the corporation and growers.

Recently it was announced that Compass, parent company of Bon Appetite, a food-service provider much like Aramark, signed onto the agreements with the CIW.

The question is, if Bon Appetite is doing what is clearly the right thing to do, why isn’t Aramark?

We all win when we put people before profit.

President Wilson Bradshaw, where is FGCU on the issue?

— Angela Cisneros


Missing da games

Editor, Daily News:

We wuz robbed. We gave it our best shot.

We sent our popular president, his wife and Oprah Winfrey — our top brass — to catch the brass ring. But, sadly, we couldn’t capture the five intertwined rings — symbol of the Olympic Games.

Instead Chicago, hoping to host the 2016 summer Olympic Games, finished last, behind Tokyo, Madrid and the winner, Rio de Janeiro.

Maybe the Asians, “saving face,” voted ethnic. Maybe Olympic committee members, since South America had never hosted the Olympics, voted their continent.

But we were even behind Madrid! And, Barcelona hosted in 1992.

I read that President Barack Obama left town before the announcements, and maybe that’s why the committee members decided to embarrass the United States.

Oh well, at least we won’t have to spend the next six-plus years hearing about (additional) waste, fraud and corruption in Chicago.

We wuz robbed, doc.

— Arlene Rutstein

Bonita Springs and Chicago

We needed that

Editor, Daily News:

It is gratifying to see that there’s something we Americans can’t get with bullets, bombs or bullying.

Kudos to the International Olympic Committee for knocking our arrogance down a notch.

— Henry John Schmidt III


Know as we grow

Editor, Daily News:

Over the past few days, there has been a lot of news coverage on what our Collier County Public Schools should and should not be teaching: The main topic is sex education.

As a high-school student myself, I can tell you right now that the abstinence talk does not work with all high-school students. You can yell from the highest building that not having sex is the best thing to do, but, as always, there are those who refuse to listen.

As high-school students, we are well on our way to being adults, so why not prepare us and give us all the information we need? We not only need to be prepared for college and the work force, but also the more personal choices that come along the way.

We need to be taught about contraception! We are surrounded by the idea and images of sex every day!

Of course, I understand that abstinence is the way to go. Why? I was taught about what it was and the ways to protect myself as a young woman. I was educated at home, but some students are not as lucky.

Give the same chance to every other student, even those in middle school, which is where the curiosity begins. Don’t let us continue to make the same mistakes. Teach us, not only by telling us about abstinence, but also by telling us about ways to keep ourselves safe if and when we start to become active.

Information is knowledge.

— Taylor Bloom


Darker days ahead

Editor, Daily News:

If you think this recession due to the housing crisis is bad, just wait. Nobody wants to talk about the big shoe that is soon to drop.

I’m talking about the commercial real estate market. It will make the housing crisis look like a walk in the park.

— John Katsigianopoulos


Taking care of whom?

Editor, Daily News:

I especially enjoyed the letter by Joanne Loukonen about the tea-party group that descended on Washington, D.C.

What I thought was really interesting was that there was no litter to clean up after the rally, whereas it cost a million dollars to clean up all the litter after President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

I began to wonder why that was so. Is it because the basis of the Democratic Party for years has been, we will take care of you and from the very start of Obama’s campaign through his inauguration his theme has been even stronger that government is here to help and take care of you?

The mess they made was the government’s responsibility to clean up, not theirs.

The people of the Sept. 12 group were an independent-thinking, self-reliant bunch from all walks of life, willing to take responsibility for their own actions.

Without even thinking about it, they clean up after themselves; their litter is not the government’s responsibility to clean up — and therein lies the big difference.

— Walter Renner


Seeking a better fit

Editor, Daily News:

I have a suggestion for a coconut or sand spur award — and it should go to the Daily News for making such a mess of the Neapolitan section of our new paper.

I know you have had many complaints about it, and yet after three weeks we have seen no signs of a change.

Would you dare to put the Classified section in the Sports section? I think not.

Yet, that would be far more fitting than where it is now located.

— Dottie Pickett


Here’s my plan

Editor, Daily News:

My amendment to the health-care plan going through the Senate right now goes like this.

Taxpayers (federal government) would pay for all hospital and doctor bills for those woman seeking an abortion if they would take their pregnancy through till the child is born.

The woman and husband — if there is one — would have to sign over all rights to the child to the federal government before the process begins.

The woman would have until the child is born to change her mind. If she did change her mind by the time the child is born, she would have to repay all money spent on the health care provided to the child, including all prenatal care.

The federal government would pick up and pay for the upkeep of the child for six months after the birth, unless the child has been adopted.

At the end of the six-month period, if the child has not been adopted, one of the churches in the area would have to pick up the care and give the child a home and raise the child until it is adopted or until the child reaches the age of 18 years of age.

If the religious organizations choose not to get in the program and take the child/children, they would lose their tax status as a religious organization.

You want to get rid of abortions? Let’s try this.

— Charles Green


Words to watch

Editor, Daily News:

I note a trend in the letters from left-leaning individuals who write letters to the editor.

First, they ridicule the intelligence of those who oppose their views and then use derogatory terms for those who disagree.

For example, recent letters referred to people who oppose liberal/Leninist views as “uncivil” or “not smart” or “unstable” or “Neanderthal.” Sometimes “racist” is used as a conversation stopper.

Then, they proceed to show their own lack of awareness by misinterpreting the concept of socialism. In their mind, the fire department, police department, Medicare and Social Security are all socialist ventures. I think they should relearn what socialism really is, or at least look it up in the dictionary.

Socialism is the control by the government of the production of all goods and services and the distribution thereof. Think of big stuff like Amtrak and the new government ownership and influence over AIG, General Motors, Chrysler, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Citigroup and Bank of America.

The current federal government takeover issue is the health-insurance industry, a robust one-sixth of our economy. That’s the creeping socialism we are talking about, not the myopic, small stuff often mentioned.

Also, please note that Interstate 75 and the Naples Zoo are not “socialist” ventures.

— Robert Bartunek


Let’s get this straight

Editor, Daily News:

The health-care debate, in many ways, is disturbing.

The president and the more liberal wing of his party have made it abundantly clear that their preference for a health-care plan for our country is to have a national health-care system, similar to the United Kingdom, France or Canada.

The president, as far back as 2003, spoke of this in a speech.

I cannot fault the liberals or the president for wanting this type of plan if they feel that is best for this country. But if they feel socialized health care is best, why don’t they say so and make a case for it?

Instead, I hear the president loudly claim he is not looking for socialized health care. I hear him say the “public option” is not just a device for introducing socialized health care.

It seems to me that the American people have a right to have a health-care system they believe will work for America. But the debate, at this point, is not as effective as it could be in making decisions because the preferred options are not being openly discussed.

If the president would say what we know he wants for a health-care system and why it is best, that would be an honest approach. What he is doing now is definitely not honest.

— Bailey M. Geeslin


Writing by rote

Editor, Daily News:

It’s comforting to know there is help for the many Obots (President Barack Obama robots) who can’t construct a letter on their own. After all, if a challenged progressive is even thinking about writing letters to his elected officials, he must have the official presidential seal of approval.

The Naples Organizing For America branch holds seminars on letter writing and message training. Here’s the best part: no prior experience is necessary.

OFA volunteers will be on hand to provide all the materials and guidance you’ll need to be successful. Sit back, relax and just sign your name to the letter OFA provides. And like those dedicated leaders in Congress, you don’t even need to read what you sign.

Why not take advantage of this great program OFA is offering? Take the work out of making your voice heard by not having to think or labor on your own.

It’s the “Obot” way.

— Barry Willoughby

Bonita Springs

Steady as we go

Editor, Daily News:

Complaints, complaints, complaints.

Protests, protests, protests.

Time to bury the soapbox.

Give the chosen leaders time.

Life is too short for anger. It is too precious for violence. The hope is to love life.

Support with faith means keep calm.

Don’t let your life down.

— Marie Dekkers


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