Letters to the editor: Oct. 21, 2009

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 21, 2009:

Letter of the Day: Birds of a feather

Editor, Daily News:

We can already hear them, as they flutter back from their northern roosts — at Publix, at the gas pump, at the end of the bar: “We left this kind of weather the first of June. What’s goin’ on?”

Those of us who endure the summer and make the best of shimmering streets and bathwater surf readily accept this equinoctial extension instead of hurricane-evacuation decrees and storm damage this time of year.

This is the year of El Niño, so don’t be surprised at a little meteorological mischief along the way.

Since we are all sweating the small as well as the big stuff — like jobs, health care, mortgages — the less said about it, the better.

— Noah Roberts

Estero

Can we be reasonable?

Editor, Daily News:

Booting does not belong in any warm and friendly community.

While walking my puppy in Bridgewater Bay, I have seen many boots and listened to many stories of booting in driveways for expired tags and knocks on doors during parties, which leads one to conclude that this is an absurd practice.

A neighbor, Steve Arnold, wrote to me: “I assure you I was booted for expired tags” by a private enforcement employee who “had me scared to death, with that badge and all.”

“I have contacted the manager,” Arnold says, “and he called later to say the board would hear my appeal. If I am not satisfied, I will sue in small claims court. Feel free to use this information.”

Many absurd-but-true resident stories are added to the newbridgewaterbay.com Web site forum. We all agree to the rules and understood the normal practice of reasonable civil enforcement by any property owners association.

Will this board boot the front door or deny gate access next? We managed without the boot for over five years!

The $160 fee is without a doubt quid pro quo — paying Whitestone to patrol us with our own booting fees.

The challenge for this board is to solve the issue by not booting cars in private driveways and making the fee $65 as in Miami-Dade County. That is what a reasonable person would expect.

— Joe Stanganelli

North Naples

Now you be informed

Editor, Daily News:

Some clarification is needed concerning your recent editorial about the 2002 class-size amendment, specifically that voters didn’t realize how much the smaller class sizes might cost.

This is not true. While voters might not have had an actual amount to wrap their minds around, the voters were not in the dark, either. Remember that this was an election year for our governor. Challenger Bill McBride supported the amendment, while incumbent Gov. Jeb Bush opposed it. I remember him making comment after comment about how many billions of dollars this amendment might cost.

He said, and I paraphrase, “A vote for me is a vote against the amendment.”

Well, a funny thing happened: Gov. Bush beat McBride and was re-elected with over 60 percent of the vote, and the class-size amendment also passed with a solid majority. Only a simple majority was necessary then.

So maybe it needs to be revisited, but those who voted for the amendment were certainly not misinformed.

— Ron Kribbs

Naples

Vote the right way, or else

Editor, Daily News:

Two very crucial votes are coming up in the U.S. Senate: the extremely expensive governmental takeover of our country’s currently excellent health-care system — so President Barack Obama’s union supporters can unload their cost on the taxpayers and which will put all of our medical decisions at the mercy of left-wing bureaucrats.

The second vote will be on another ill-advised and equally expensive cap-and-trade fiasco, which again will give the government yet more interference in our lives. We and future generations can afford neither.

Please take the time to contact our U.S. senators, Bill Nelson and George LeMieux, to remind them that their political longevity rests on the support of their constituents, not the president.

— Dan Dronkers

Estero

We adore him

Editor, Daily News:

Three cheers for Diane Corcelli’s letter in praise of columnist Brent Batten.

Please add me to his group of fans. My wife and I have been in Naples for the past 14 years, and, in my opinion, he is a major reason we follow the Daily News.

Don’t ever change, Brent!

— James J. Cusick Jr.

Naples

Peace? Where?

Editor, Daily News:

Many say our president was undeserving of the Nobel Peace Prize he won after being nominated only 12 days into his presidency.

They say he vicariously won it based on what he was going to do. When we look at what he has done, continues to do and what he did before entering the White House, no one is less deserving.

What is peaceful about partial-birth abortion or allowing babies to die without assistance after a botched abortion, both supported by this man of peace? What is peaceful about allowing experimentation on human beings only days into their development for scientific purposes?

What is peaceful about overturning the Mexico City policy allowing hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent supporting abortion in poor countries such as Asia, Africa and South America?

On the most important issue of all, the equality and dignity of the human person, President Barack Obama is not a man of peace at home or in the world.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta stated when she received the Nobel Peace Prize: “The greatest means, the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion.”

If there is no peace in the womb, there can be no peace anywhere else.

— Peggy Stinnet

Ave Maria

No rub at this pub

Editor, Daily News:

Having read the letters of the past few weeks regarding the naming of the pub at Ave Maria, here is the real deal.

We just came from dinner at the Queen Mary Pub.

Don’t miss the chance to dine here when visiting our beautiful city.

The pub has it all! — ambiance, service, a menu to serve even the “seasoned” diners.

Come one, come all.

What’s in a name anyway?!

— Bob and Sharon Duross

Ave Maria

‘What bothers me more ... ’

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Letter by Jim Adduci.

His strong suggestion was that all President Barack Obama supporters should watch or hear Fox TV or talk radio. It was like a request for Republicans to watch the other ballyhoo channel MSNBC with leftist comedians like Keith Olbermann.

I stopped watching or hearing that kind of nonsense years ago, because it wasn’t even funny.

What bothers me more is Fox News, the TV and radio source that many conservative Americans get their news from.

The owner of Fox News is News Corp., with the biggest shareholder being Rupert Murdoch, an Australian media mogul. He is famous for firing reporters in the United States who refused to lie to their readers.

Still, he prevailed in a Florida appeals court in 2003, which stated that he has no obligation to report truthfully, because the First Amendment protects his right to lie.

To put the icing on the cake, in his attempt to grasp a piece of the giant Chinese media market — there he is a strong supporter of the communist dictatorship — he didn’t even hesitate to fire several of his Chinese employees because they reported about the Tiananmen Square massacre more often than the Chinese government liked it.

A better recommendation would be The Wall Street Journal. It is also in Murdoch’s hands since 2007, but the (very conservative) editors there are still holding their quality.

And no, I am not a “buy American” guy!

— Herbert Krutisch

Marco Island

Color me proud

Editor, Daily News:

Honestly, I feel for the Obama-bashers.

Are you wondering why? Well, as an avid reader of this well-put-together newspaper, and like thousands of other readers, each daybreak I grab my cup of java and my newspaper, and without hesitation I turn to the letters to the editor section.

Now to the subject of the Obama-bashers. It seems that this group of critics are constantly on the lookout for any bit of information, no matter how insignificant, regarding our popular resident in the White House.

I recall when Barack Obama’s birthplace was being questioned. Was that silly or what? Common sense will tell you that to aspire the presidency, you have to be American born. His certificate of birth was published in Time magazine, so I guess that bash by the bashers can be put to rest.

Another silly argument was whether he was black American, American black, mulatto, African, blah, blah, blah! Now, does it really matter? Or is it that the Obama-bashers preferred a lily-white president?

Skipping to the most recent bash — and there were numerous up to this one! — the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to our popular president really ticked off the bashers. Obviously, aside from disagreeing with the Oslo officials, they wanted to know what the president was going to do with the million dollars which accompanies the prize.

For those misinformed, or not informed at all, the million-plus dollars was donated to charity. Hooray for our president!

— Evelio A. Rodriguez

Naples

Old and new math

Editor, Daily News:

Eddie Filer’s letter on religion can be proven mathematically:

Religion divides people.

It multiplies intolerance, superstition, hatred and war.

It subtracts reason, judgment, love and peace.

It just doesn’t add up.

— H.H. Hermann

Naples

Not quite

Editor, Daily News:

Eddie Filer is a declared humanist who believes morality can be learned from personal deduction and then practiced by agnostic followers.

The problem with that approach is that human attitudes and philosophy historically change over time.

In medieval times, scientifically-illiterate scholars believed the world was flat. Nowadays, most people believe that mercy killings are immoral, but within no more than 50 years humanists will preach its acceptance. And so it will go.

True morality is defined by a body of natural laws that have been and will be revealed through logic or by divine decree, which has been historically revealed directly to mankind by the supreme being and, therefore, can hardly be termed “superstition.”

Morality must be unchangeable and not susceptible to prevailing attitudes, so that it can be interpreted consistently by sound application of human logic and rationality. Yes, many of these principles will be declared by religious moralists, but that in no way diminishes their validity.

Humanism is basically a good thing; but, sadly, it just falls the final level short of true morality.

— Bill Bond

Bonita Springs

We’ll wait

Editor, Daily News:

The Nobel Peace Prize folks gave a gold star to the United States when they approved the prize for President Barack Obama.

Safe to say that partisans believe the news was both stunning and premature. Many Democrats in particular believe the award was the ultimate slap at former President George W. Bush for his handling of America’s international persona, with a bonus glance at the development of a far different Obama approach.

But how will the prize award look in, say, a year? Will our change of direction look like progress? Will our foreign-policy goals seem clear? Guantanamo detention camp? Still there? Or will al-Qaida prisoners now infest American communities?

Relations with Russia? Did we gain anything when we abandoned the anti-Iran missile system? Hasn’t Vladimir Putin just announced it’s “too early” to toughen sanctions against Iran?

Relations with China? China too says it is too soon for sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program.

Did Obama’s failure to meet with the Dalai Lama help us with China? China “helps” again by claiming the U.S. must meet alone with North Korea before China will lift that particular load too.

How soon are Poland and the Czech Republic likely to stick out their necks if the U.S. asks them again to help with missile defense? Would anyone believe a U.S. foreign-policy commitment?

Stay tuned for “change” and its consequences.

— Al Abrahams

Naples

Got them covered

Editor, Daily News:

I have noticed an amazing number of letters recently in your newspaper from those who view the Fox News channel.

I noticed, too, your paper decreased in size. This, I would suppose, was to save money by using less ink, less paper. So I thought I might be able to help. If you publish this one letter you can omit the next 15 or 20 you receive:

“What is with this Nobel Prize?”

“Hooray! We didn’t get the Olympics!”

“I stopped, I tell ya, at the red light.”

“Socialism is coming. Watch out.”

“Poor Sarah Palin; if she hadn’t been victimized by the left-wing media, she’d be commander in chief now.”

“I refuse to let the president kill my grandma; I’m here to say.”

Now we can perhaps move on.

— Harold Clark

Naples

A paper for all seasons

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Randy Van Alstine’s letter headlined “Please keep it down.”

For those of us who live here for all 12 months of the year, we like our “local” paper just the way it is. The Daily News should not begin with national and international news!

How dare you say that because of seasonal visitors who come here and have little interest in local news we should change our newspaper? Local stories are very important to us, including stories about local government, police/fire and schools.

Maybe we can come to a compromise. Perhaps the Daily News can start with local news from April to September and national and international when you and the others return?

— Karen Daly

Naples

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