Letters to the editor: Oct. 22, 2009

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 22, 2009:

Letter of the Day: Is it right ‘fore’ you?

Editor, Daily News:

The company which manufactures Cialis seems to favor PGA golf tournaments as a focus for advertising.

Some smart marketing guy realized that the golf-tournament audience is comprised mainly of amateur golfers who, by nature, are frustrated with their handicap and are susceptible to any product which reduces frustrations of any sort.

I wish they had come up instead with a product which would improve a guy’s golf game. Perhaps they could call it “Tee-alis.” It could come in two strengths: Normal Tee-alis would help your game for 35 hours and a milder version which, when taken daily, makes you ready to play whenever the spirit moves you.

However, just like Cialis, there can be side effects. For example, you might have a rough time reining in some shots.

If this problem lasts more than four hours, you should seek immediate help from your golf professional.

— Jack Dwight


Also, please note ...

Editor, Daily News:

I read with grave concern the guest commentary in the paper by Rabbi James H. Perman, D.D.

In his article he questioned and even appeared to condemn the recent Fields of Faith program put on by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Please note that the program was in the evening, well after school hours when no classes were in session.

Also, attendance was strictly voluntary. Thus, it was not “under the auspices of our public school system.” Also please note that the U.S. Constitution in no way forces separation of church and state. It rather says, in the freedom of religion amendment, that the state cannot become subservient to religion, but also the state cannot restrict religion.

Thus, government cannot force a religion on citizens, but also it cannot restrict or deny a religious activity as long as it does not interfere with government.

The school stadium where the Fields of Faith was held is public property, open for any reasonable purpose, as long as it doesn’t conflict with a school activity. Denying its use to a particular public segment because it is religious is just wrong.

Perman is concerned about protecting our children. Protecting them from what — the right to freedom of religion guaranteed by our Constitution?

That is not protecting them, that is denying them a constitutional right and that is clearly “coercion.”

— Wayne Sherman


Rx for great medical service

Editor, Daily News:

Legislation is being proposed by Collier County independent fire districts to provide a framework for their possible consolidation and to obtain autonomy for the fire districts to perform medical services, which are currently provided exclusively under the Collier County Commission and its medical director.

The original proposed legislation would have allowed fire districts to merge and would have granted new authority to raise revenue, both without voter approval.

Fortunately these ill-conceived provisions, undermining the rights of county voters, were changed after public objection.

However, the legislation still includes language attempting to fragment our unified, pre-hospital emergency medical care under Dr. Robert Tober, Collier County Emergency Medical Services director for 31 years.

Currently, fire-district paramedics provide advanced life support services under Tober’s medical license and supervision. But now they want autonomy.

At the public legislative workshop last week, the Collier County Medical Society (with 530 physician members) strongly opposed the legislation. It said: “Collier County emergency care is highly respected and has been nationally awarded for quality assurance and technical skill. Nothing should be allowed to fragment this unification.”

When the physicians in Collier County strongly oppose this change to pre-hospital emergency medical care, how can it possibly be approved?

Next month, our local legislative delegation will decide whether to support this in the Florida Legislature.

Hopefully they will join our medical society physicians in opposing legislation that would fragment the world-class, pre-hospital medical care currently provided in Collier County.

— Janet Vasey

North Naples

Rise and shine

Editor, Daily News:

Re: The recent letter from Michael R. Adler, which said: “I awoke Friday morning and thought it was April Fools’ Day. I heard that President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize! What a joke.”

My response? You must have slept through the eight years of Bush/Cheney!

— Robert Abramson


Please do it now

Editor, Daily News:

I have been a loyal Publix shopper since we moved to Florida 20 years ago; that is, until the other day when I read a news story that said:

“The Coalition of Immokalee Workers wants Publix to adopt a code of conduct that would include a zero tolerance on slavery, for the grocer to take a stand against inhumane conditions for tomato pickers, and to pay an extra penny for every pound of tomatoes picked (bringing the average wage per picker from $10,000 to between $16,000 and $17,000 annually.)”

The Publix response was: “We don’t get involved in the middle of labor disputes between suppliers and other organizations.”

Since when are “slavery and inhumane conditions” considered “labor disputes”? And why does the phrase “we don’t get involved” have such a haunting and sickening ring to it? Publix’s mission is to be “the premier quality food retailer in the world,” and to that end they commit “to be involved as responsible citizens in our communities.”

Well, Publix, if ever there were a time to “be involved” it is now! Recognize the dignity of the people who harvest your produce by protecting and rewarding their labor, making them less vulnerable to unscrupulous employers and traffickers.

Do the right thing. I will return not only as a loyal customer, but proud to patronize a company that promotes justice and fairness.

— Jan Eschauzier


Why we’re right

Editor, Daily News:

As a conservative right-winger, I must explain to some on the far left what is important to most of us.

1. We put God, family and country first — in that order.

2. We treasure the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and our service men and women from every branch of the armed forces — past, present and future — and yes, we do pray for them on a daily basis.

3. The safety of this country is of the utmost importance to us and if we demand preconditions when negotiating with known enemies who would like to kill us and our way of life, so be it. They are not our spouses and they do not love us.

4. We believe in standing by our trusted allies, not giving in to demands by our enemies by stopping pre-negotiated commitments that would make them and us safer.

5. We treasure the life of the unborn, the elderly and everyone in between.

6. We do respect the office of our elected officials, not necessarily the ones who forget that we, the people, are the ones who pay for their overinflated office staff, health care and travel for date nights to the tune of millions of dollars in a recession.

When our president and members of the Senate and Congress quit acting like celebrities and remember just what their jobs entail and start to realize that trillions of dollars spent on pork and paying back favors will surely bankrupt the United States for generations after we are gone, then and only then will they earn the respect of those of us who have worked, struggled and paid our taxes on time.

Wake up, America. This is not the change we can believe in; rather it is the change that will make America a socialistic country.

— Virginia “Gigi” Cannone


Hope the job can get done

Editor, Daily News:

I was sorry, but not surprised, to learn that Richard Calabrese is planning to resign from the Collier County School Board.

However, I recognize that his health is more important than his work on the board.

Calabrese has taken the lead on a number of major issues, including most recently the proposed change in sex-education policy.

I hope this policy will receive final approval before Calabrese leaves office.

If Calabrese has not already submitted his resignation, I urge him to defer taking this step until the policy change is approved. If not, there is a very real danger that the opponents of change will defer action until such time as his successor, who may not support the change, is appointed.

If I had any doubt about the need for the change, Superintendent Dennis Thompson’s recent statement at a meeting of the League of Women Voters that he did not understand what “medically accurate sex education meant” erased that doubt.

— David B. Goldstein


Willie was great; the crowd?

Editor, Daily News:

Thank you, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, for the Willie Nelson concert.

Even though the Naples audience didn’t support an encore performance, I thank the Philharmonic for including an icon of America — Willie Nelson — to the season’s list of performers. I saw Nelson 30 years ago at a small rural farm community local fair when he first started performing and standing up for the small farmers of America.

Small farms have been rapidly dying in America and today I see American rights and dreams dying too. Nelson’s music ranges from the “Stardust” cruiser era to “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” to the Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Maybe Nelson will come back again to the Phil, but if the audience won’t loosen up a bit, maybe he won’t.

Philharmonic and Willie, thank you.

— Jennifer Rector


Extremely dangerous

Editor, Daily News:

God help us! (Can I still say that?)

We see another series of letters blaming the ills of the country and the world on “dangerous far-right conservatives.”

I am a loyal, fiercely independent, well-informed, legal-immigrant citizen and I believe the following: Former President George W. Bush took us to the edge of financial collapse and President Barack Obama is finishing the job.

All grown-ups agree health-care reform is worthless without tort reform, fraud control and cost reduction.

For all its faults, this country has been the most generous and responsible great power in history, and shame on the people of the rest of the world for their attitude, especially Europeans. Our borders and laws should be respected and obeyed.

Federal and state budgets are awash in debt and annual deficits, and we still demand more freebies.

All this, and I am not a xenophobic, right-wing conservative! What I find dangerous is the right-wing/left-wing extremists who work only for party politics!

We had best heed, and quickly, Benjamin Franklin’s comment at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

— Clair Norman Johnson


The up side of being down

Editor, Daily News:

After reading Eddie Filer’s letter listing lists of dos and don’ts in life, it was refreshing to see the headline “Lessons in life” on a letter by Anna Jacobson.

She said it all when she said: “Life is too short not to be happy.”

Through the years, we have read Filer’s explanations of what’s best for all of us: we should not follow organized religions; we should not eat meat; we spend too much money; our political beliefs are worthless; and we simply are not worthy of the world in which we live.

I say, Mr. Filer, I am tired or your negativity and unwillingness to let people live their own lives. As long as people do not hurt one another, let people enjoy the things that are provided to us in this life of ours.

Life is short, and if eating a piece of cake, going to church or choosing one’s political views is making one happy, then we as a people are expressing the freedoms we are so fortunate to have in this country. To my friends and neighbors I say, “Live like Anna and enjoy what time we have left.”

Believe it or not Mr. Filer, I have learned to smile when I read your letters.

— Judy Branch


Our cup of tea

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Bill Linehan’s letter bashing just about everything but socialism.

He quotes Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. This suggests he listens to their programs.

On the other hand, he does not provide anything factual about his other allegations. This suggests he may be listening to unsupported talking points provided by leftists. For example, he claims that former President George W. Bush won the unofficial Nobel war prize. What was that all about? He stated that “tea partiers” were thrilled when that happened.

Bill, for factual information purposes, the tea-party movement did not even exist during the Bush administration. It started when the Obama administration began making moves that we know will result in greater taxes for all of us.

On your other points, I do not discredit your statements of how the Republicans have also run up the national debt. But unlike you, I believe the tea-party movement is a response to overspending by the government in general. This movement is a peaceful one, not “virulent” as you have been led to believe.

If you really look into it you will see a growing silent majority seeking a voice in holding down government corruption, growth and spending, something all Americans in this republic should support.

— Frank Celsnak

Bonita Springs

Round and around

Editor, Daily News:

This letter is in support of fellow letter-writer Santo Naoli, who believes “what goes around, comes around.”

Even though I doubt Sarah Palin gives a hoot about what’s happening to David Letterman, she’s not as mean and vindictive as he is. She’s also accustomed to people selling her short and her day is still to come after she rakes in the proceeds of her book to pay off the legal fees incurred to fight off the unfair allegations instigated by the left, which is very jealous and afraid of her.

And, no, I’m sure Letterman doesn’t want to give up his lucrative comedic television show to go into politics; I doubt he loves his country as much as Palin does.

As I’ve intimated previously, I hope CBS finally does the honorable thing and fires his behind.

Anyone who uses his position to make fun of defenseless young girls doesn’t deserve to be in that position. What a hypocrite!

Again, what goes around comes around.

— Mary Storto


Think this thing through

Editor, Daily News:

As I was talking to my husband about the red-light-camera entrapment situation, it suddenly dawned on me the implications this could have on our tourist and real-estate industries.

Realtors and many others will have prospective buyers coming to Collier County soon.

I can just imagine the horror on their faces as they open letters from the county and, instead of a thank you for their visit, find multiple citations for violations that they had no idea they committed.

As it is now, those receiving these tickets who are locals don’t even know they committed a “crime” for weeks until the first one arrives, allowing for multiple tickets before they realize the evil deed they have done!

I would expect that we would never see their faces back in Naples or our stores, hotels, real estate offices, restaurants, attractions, etc., again.

All business owners/managers should be alarmed at the possible implications of this!

— Christine Ritter


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