Letters to the editor: Oct. 13, 2009

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 13, 2009:

Letter of the Day: Time to grow up

Editor, Daily News:

Halfway through Saturday’s paper, there were three articles relating to Republicans and Democrats badmouthing each other.

The issues were like the age-old “My party is better than yours and you are all stupid.”

How can they expect to solve world problems, and our own, if our congressman behave like children squabbling in a sandbox?

Isn’t it about time we raised the bar?

— George Hausman


Give me, him a break

Editor, Daily News:

Your editors managed the news again in their usual manner.

President Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize, and do we see a headline “Obama wins peace prize”?

No, sir. Instead we see two negative-leaning articles: “Can Nobel boost Obama’s agenda?” and “GOP, even some liberals, dismiss Obama peace prize.”

Give me a break. How far can you go to appease the right-wing readership? I realize you angered them when you endorsed Obama for president, but since then you have managed to win them back with your less than evenhanded reporting on the president.

It would be a welcome sight to read some positive reporting instead of your usual placating drivel from U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV and your guest commentators.

Oh, for a second newspaper in Naples.

— Jeanine Healey


For the record

Editor, Daily News:

In response to the many critical letters, I suggest printing the text of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement. Does anyone really object to these goals or doubt these achievements?

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

“The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

“Obama has, as president, created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.

“Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the U.S.A. is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

“For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that ‘Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.’ ”

— Charles J. Theisen Jr.

Bonita Springs

Time spent needlessly

Editor, Daily News:

I saw in The New York Times on Thursday that the House of Representatives voted (by a “wide margin”) to expand the definition of “hate crimes” to cover “those committed because of a victim’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.”

Well, I’m certainly relieved, because, since I am not one of those “protected” categories, my murderer won’t face anything more serious than a simple death penalty.

Seriously, folks, this amendment to a very important House bill, is frivolous. It doesn’t do anything other than clutter the already fat (very fat) register of federal laws that are meaningless.

The solution to this ridiculous waste of our representatives’ time is very simple: create bills that address only one topic at a time! No amendments!

This would lower the number of stupid (I’m being charitable here) amendments that are added to important bills simply to appease stupid (again, being charitable) members of Congress’ constituents who are stupidly (see above) assumed to be overwhelmed by their local representatives’ passion for punishing these “hate crimes” that are already covered by state and federal criminal codes.

Whew! That feels good. Glad to get that off my chest. Thank you.

— Arthur Walsh


Picture it

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Jodi Bisogno’s Sept. 24 letter.

It was sad to learn anew of Planned Parenthood’s goals. She said individuals can make responsible choices at Planned Parenthood — “choices between themselves and their higher power.”

Well, we will all one day answer to that “higher power” and will stand in a place of judgment. We will need to respond to the claim we usurped the right to decide whether an individual should live or die. We have no authority over the life of another, no matter what the reason/excuse!

I urge the doctors, employees and volunteers at Planned Parenthood to listen to their consciences and provide the only viable response to the life of another.

Imagine the gifts that are discarded by a loving God when someone ends the life of another human being! (Yes, even the disabled have gifts to offer us!)

Imagine the pain that small being endures during an abortion!

Just imagine the sheer horror of it all as once again, over and over, another step goes forward in degrading ourselves and, ultimately, our society.

— Mary Lou Kanach


Too cheesy

Editor, Daily News:

The New York Times has a slogan: “All the News That’s Fit To Print,” and on Sunday the Daily News took that to a new dimension by printing a story about a couple in their 20s who got into a spat because the wife smoked the last cigarette.

So, in retaliation, the husband strangled their pet white rat.

— Bill Henry


Follow that money, too?

Editor, Daily News:

I was just wondering, since our President Barack Obama has received the Nobel Peace Prize (for what I do not know), what is he going to do with the estimated $1.5 million prize money he is to receive.

Hopefully, he will not send it overseas. He should feed the poor in the U.S.A.

— Elaine Paulson


And now?

Editor, Daily News:

I am surprised the man had the dishonesty to call his anti-President George W. Bush campaign, with crosses on the beach, a dedication to those who died in defense of our country.

Where is this traitor for those who are dying in the “Obama war”?

— Milton H. Tolman


Rename that toon?

Editor, Daily News:

Just a little note about the Sarah Palin cartoon from the Oct. 5 edition.

At first I didn’t get it, other than the fact it jabs at Republicans and perpetuates the left’s “Palin Derangement Syndrome.”

Then it hit me. The cartoon would have been more “on the money” if the words “lots of Republicans” were replaced with “9.5 percent unemployed Americans.”

But didn’t President Barack Obama say unemployment wouldn’t go over 8 percent if Congress passed his stimulus bill?


— Logan Jones


‘How outrageous!’

Editor, Daily News:

Democrats have refused to allow senators to see the final health-care bill before the vote, let alone the public! How outrageous!

Yet a peek at the just the details that have leaked out so far make it obvious why.

1. Although the reason for the “reform” was universal coverage, the Congressional Budget Office indicates 25 million will not be covered. In other words, we will be no better off than when we started, and President Barack Obama promised everyone would be covered.

2. Their report indicates the average uninsured family will be forced to pay 15 to 20 percent of its total income for health insurance before the subsidies in Sen. Max Baucus’ bill kick in, and Obama promised no one in this income class would see a tax increase.

3. The sick will be taxed because the threshold for deductions will be raised from 7.5 to 10 percent of income and three of four of those who use those tax deductions make less than $75,000.

4. Health-care insurance premiums will be taxed above $8,000 at 35 percent, with no index for inflation.

5. Medicare will be cut by $500 billion! That is billion!

And these are only the details that have leaked out!

Polls show two of three seniors oppose “Obamacare.” The third must be demented or has not heard the details.

— Donavin A. Baumgartner Jr.


Round 3

Editor, Daily News:

The debate over what actions to take about climate change should be based on science rather than the political blogosphere.

Unfortunately, too often it is not.

Hence, I reluctantly subject readers again to seemingly arcane disagreements between letter-writer Frank Tuttle and myself.

Tuttle refers readers to the Global Warming Petition Project, which argues that there is no convincing evidence that greenhouse gases cause “catastrophic” heating and that there is “substantial evidence” of positive effects of ever-growing amounts of carbon dioxide on animal and plant environments.

Tuttle ignores the facts that millions of requests were sent out to garner the 31,000 signatures, that no more than several hundred signers have experience in climate science and that tens of thousands of scientists with real hands-on experience see the matter entirely differently.

Readers with interest should Google “Petition Project,” read what the promoters say, read the critiques, and make up their own minds.

Additionally, Tuttle misread an earlier letter explicitly stating that the continental ice mass in Antarctica is decreasing slightly owing to melting in the west which exceeds ice formation in parts of the east.

Tuttle confused sea ice, whose immediate effects on sea level are minimal, with continental ice melting, which decidedly does raise sea level.

Such confusion simply introduces noise rather than science in the debate.

— Alan Keller


Rolling along

Editor, Daily News:

I am amazed at some of the responses I have seen regarding the traffic cameras.

If you are caught on a camera doing something wrong, you are caught. If a camera catches a kidnapper or a bank robber in the act, I would presume his is guilty — unless of course, he comes up with some lame excuse why he was caught on film doing something bad.

If you make an illegal right turn, what’s the problem? You are driving, I presume, with a valid driver’s license and you have agreed to follow the traffic laws; you would know how to make a proper right-on-red turn.

In my first defensive driving course in 1957 I was taught: when making a right turn on red you must make sure there is not a sign that says you cannot do it. Then proceed with caution; stop at the stop line (pedestrian crossing) and spell out s-t-o-p (perhaps four seconds); look left, right and left again; then slowly make the turn. I should, today, add one more step: Hang up your phone!

I have had many close calls as a pedestrian and a cyclist with drivers looking left and then almost running over me as they make their “rolling-stop turns.” I have seen drivers pull in front of emergency vehicles with their emergency lights flashing.

Perhaps following the law might cost you an extra 60 seconds in your drive time. Those are very expensive seconds if you are caught.

— Bob Upshaw


How, why we war, or not

Editor, Daily News:

I’m amazed that we still learn nothing from history.

Countries, when they become strong, turn to hegemony, desiring to control everything outside of them. So we’re not unique in involving ourselves in ridiculous adventures all over the world.

Iraq and Afghanistan should be no-brainers. We cannot change or fix them.

Al-Qaida is our enemy, and al-Qaida is all over the world, and when we aggress on Muslim countries, we merely strengthen al-Qaida. Routing out al-Qaida takes a pinpoint operation, mostly, if not entirely, done from the air.

We have to covertly find their hiding spots and attack them, warning the country in which they’re residing that that’s our mission. We would prefer that country doing it, or helping us, but if they won’t, then we have to.

This approach is much less costly and does not take the lives and maim our soldiers. It also does not involve invading countries and nation building, which only strengthen al-Qaida’s message of our wanting to conquer the Muslim world.

This is not a holy war, but it could become one. So can we be smart just once, learn from the past, bring our troops home and take care of nation building right here? We are a nation in distress, and we need our resources here.

Also, this country is built on civilian statesmanship. The president and Congress must not be captive to military generals whose business is war.

Congratulations to President Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize!

— Jane Varner


Honor to our nation

Editor, Daily News:

The only ailment Andrew R. Joppa has not recently ascribed to our president is leprosy.

His latest slanders — “socialist,” “Marxist,” “misguided,” “radical” or “destructive” — appear in his letter published Wednesday.

Not given to careful historical examination, this revisionist ignores what weakened us under former President George W. Bush. We were left an economy in shambles, two wars and unmanageable federal debt, with budget and trade deficits at catastrophic heights.

Joppa’s skewed version of America under Bush/Dick Cheney is pure mythology. He shares the paranoia of the other doomsayers who now blame all of our ills on the last nine months of government.

In truth, we are now paying the bill for excesses of decades of imperialism and worshipping the golden calf of unregulated enterprise, whose booms always end in busts.

He rages that our leader is a “… danger to the well-being of every person on the planet.” Now this bimonthly prophet will be able to hallucinate about Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace prize. Instead of seeing it as universal acclaim for replacing smirking arrogance with diplomacy, he will probably see it as a socialistic ploy toward total sellout.

Hundreds of our best scientists, artists and leaders have been honored with Nobel Prizes.

Obama joins their company to receive this highest of all international awards.

This award is more than a credit to personal achievement. It sheds honor on our entire nation as it spotlights progress in a society that allowed a non-white to achieve our nation’s highest office.

— H.C. Klingman


Believe it or not

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Turtle Club restaurant review.

Since we were disappointed with this review’s accuracy, we can only assume that we would also be disappointed with the restaurant.

Your review suggests to the unknowing that the place is in Naples. It is not. It is closer to Bonita Springs than it is to the city of Naples.

By insisting that LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is in Naples is an insult to the community that LaPlaya really is in — Vanderbilt Beach.

That was the article’s first mistake. Suggesting that we could all sit by the beach in the summer and enjoy the “cool breezes” is just not so — never, all summer long. Tropical breezes perhaps. Hot humid breezes, yes.

Again, when your audience knows the truth you better tell them the truth or else you’ve lost credibility for what’s to follow.

You spent so many words on the fibbing that it was anticlimactic to read the rest of the “review.”

We bring this up now as we are wondering whether to believe the next restaurant review in the Daily News.

— B.D. Douglas


Bad grammar does not suit

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Thursday Daily News headline: “Lawsuit over the release of public records unearth asbestos concerns.”

Though the subject appears several words apart from its verb, it rules the roost: single subject “lawsuit” demands compliant single verb “unearths.”

— Cathleen Houhoulis


P.S. — Thank the nuns who forced us to diagram sentences!

More letters to the editor, 6B


Editor, Daily News:

Just wondering: How many Collier County vehicles and police cars get caught running red lights and nothing happens?

— Todd Brugger


Fifth: It’s the tops

Editor, Daily News:

As a merchant on Fifth Avenue South in Naples, I would like to thank all the property owners who participated in bringing Bob Gibbs, an urban planner who works with Andres Duany, to our street.

A special thank you to my landlord, Jim Smith, for spearheading the venture.

Fifth Avenue is in the heart of our paradise and pumps life into our great city. It was exciting to hear Gibbs say that our Naples Fifth Avenue is viewed as one of the top five most impressive downtowns in our country. What an honor!

Personally, I feel lucky to be in our downtown on the corner and have worked all my life for the store that I have, Wind In The Willows.

The new centers, like Coconut Point and Mercato, are nice also, but they don’t make them like they used to.

— Beth Ressler


Be like us

Editor, Daily News:

The liberalism expressed by my local — oops — community newspaper is disgusting me.

Conservatives like me are more informed that the editors who assemble the Daily News. Cherry-picking Associated Press “news” releases and then pasting them between paid advertisements is not enough. I expect more from you, Mr. Editor.

You and your associates are not good for America. Your lack of curiosity and unwillingness to work at your duty is shameful. Question authority!

We conservatives are unlike the liberals publishing the group of Southwest Florida “news” papers. We search for news — the whole story.

We are not lazy. We read national publications other than the AP releases. I go online, watch Fox News and C-span, and listen to the radio.

Our federal government is out of control, involved in more and more of our daily lives and spending us into serfdom! We need help. Our liberty is at risk.

People like Kevin Jennings, the “safe schools czar,” are in power, and our citizens have not a clue.

— Guy C. Fraser


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