Letters to the editor: Oct. 18, 2009

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 18, 2009

Letter of the Day: Big hoopla; really annoying

Editor, Daily News:

When I was a boy in the 1950s, a friend who I played basketball with was a “do-gooder.”

He would shovel snow for the heck of it for elderly people and never take any money.

Go to the grocery for them, even.

It really annoyed many of us.

(Of course, the community loved him. “What a non-selfish, nice kid,” they’d say.)

Ugh.

We all grew up. He and I became the “bestest” of friends — even though he got excellent grades, went to graduate school, and still did not forget the community and the people who lived there.

That part always made me want to barf. But I overlooked it as best I could.

Because he was very smart, well-read, nice to me, a great buddy.

Then ... the dadgummed neighborhood awarded him the Kiwanis Club Key, or something like that.

For, neighbors remarked, he “looked out for others instead of himself” and “lived as exemplified by the Golden Rule.”

Big, big hoopla. Parade and everything.

I mean, c’mon.

It wasn’t like it was a Nobel Prize.

All this, of course, really teed me off.

And, not just because he was black, either.

— Howard A. Clark

Naples

Respect and listen?

Editor, Daily News:

If the anti–President Barack Obama letters to the editor are any indication of the mind-set of the people of Naples (and I hope they are not), then perhaps Naples could be considered one of the far-right-wing centers of the nation.

The far-right wing here in Naples seems to be so angry, fearful and paranoid that its memebers constantly attack and disrespect the president of the United States! Clearly they are only interested in attacking the president and preventing change rather than being constructive.

Right-wingers are dangerous to the rest of us because they are desperate and clever and can fool people with their arguments.

For example, the idea we should only negotiate with other countries after they first do what we say (try that on your spouse) and countries that criticize the United States or do not do things our way must be wrong is dangerous.

Americans are not perfect and everybody else is not always wrong. In fact, if we respect and listen to other countries, we might solve some of our own problems.

The tide of history will eventually bring more peace and justice to our world as long as we do not listen to the arguments of the far-right wing which has always opposed progress because they fear it will take away their special privileges.

— Al Hannigan

Naples

Now see here

Editor, Daily News:

When we declared our Florida residence some 10 years ago, we complied not only with the laws, but also with the Neapolitan customs by having our car horns and turn signals disconnected.

Now comes the red-light-camera controversy. I haven’t seen anyone mention the main reason for red-light running: the long red lights.

At a major intersection like Pine Ridge Road and U.S. 41, by the time you wait for cross traffic to turn left and then go straight, then for the left turn arrow, it takes about 12 minutes to get your next green. (I haven’t actually timed it, so that’s my guesstimate.)

And then you might have the inconsiderate pedestrian who pushes the walk button, delaying you further.

I know the long lights keep traffic moving faster, saving fuel and cutting pollution, but at the cost of my patience.

As to the right-turn-on-red camera, as you creep into the intersection and look left for oncoming traffic, that same inconsiderate pedestrian or illegal bicyclist may be trying to sneak in front of you from the right.

The right-turn light when cross traffic is turning left is a help, but is often ignored, and without a horn I can’t get the attention of the person in front of me.

So I guess I’ll do what all good citizens do: write a letter to the editor.

— James Murray

Naples

Please keep it down

Editor, Daily News:

My wife and I just returned to our Naples home from an extended visit to Illinois.

I am disappointed with the new newspaper format. It seems that the articles are extremely short, so I read them feeling like I would like to know more about the subject.

But the bigger problem for me is the order in which you are presenting the news. It seems to me that our paper would have more appeal to the large number of seasonal residents, who are a major part of our financial success, if we started the paper with national and international news, rather than the local news, in which most of them have very little interest.

The second thing could be the local news, followed by the state news. What we shouldn’t be exposed to on Page 4A is a police report that highlights all the worst people our community has to offer.

Why would you air out our dirty laundry so conspicuously? Why not bury it further back in the paper so it is not so readily read by the very tourists who we depend on for our livelihood? Most of them don’t read past the national and international news anyway.

I realize your job is to sell newspapers and a certain amount of controversy and sensationalism helps you do that. I also realize you are not the chamber of commerce or the tourism bureau, and it is not your job to sell the best that Naples has to offer.

But you do work and live here, and I assume you are proud of our community. So why not put our best foot forward?

— Randy Van Alstine

Naples

Horrors — and terror

Editor, Daily News:

What is this Daily News coming to?

On Oct. 11, a brilliant letter on the new names for the Ave Maria pub and the new law school at Ave Maria was usurped by a letter on feral cats.

On the same page, this paper, which endorsed President Barack Obama, published a “pie in the face” cartoon for the Nobel Peace Prize committee giving Obama the award for 2009.

The letter headlined “Now ask yourself,” which should have been letter of the day, only made the third position, while a zombie story from the University of Florida, with readers protesting the education goals there, rises to the level of having editor Phil Lewis apologizing to folks who should have known right off that the story had to be a spoof! Wow.

Last, on Page 7B, when I read the headline on the Washington Calling column, “Growing terror front? ... Boomers’ health costs,” I spewed a mouthful of morning coffee all over the page!

Talk about misinterpreting a “zombie” story. What are we going to hear about this from we seniors? Wow, wow.

— Virgil Cottongim

Naples

Happy to be back

Editor, Daily News:

My husband and I spent the past six weeks up North and missed reading our “new” Daily News.

After reading papers from Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford and New Haven, Conn., (the worst), it is a pleasant to have our wonderful paper again, at last!

— Georgine Hill Mendillo

Naples

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