Letters to the editor: Oct. 26, 2009

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 26, 2009:

Letter of the Day: Can you beat that?

Editor, Daily News:

When the VCR was introduced, a basic model cost over $1,000. With competition and improvements, a superior unit costs no more than $200 today.

To call Los Angeles a while ago, it cost 25 cents a minute, and that was between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. With competition and improvements, a call today costs maybe 5 cents a minute, and that’s 24/7.

When you initially filled your prescription, a 30-day supply of pills cost $55. With no competition and no improvements, today a 30-day supply costs $85.

— Peter Bonanno


Now it’s out there

Editor, Daily News:

I am thankful to the Daily News for opening the discussion of the safety of the H1N1 vaccine.

The Collier County Medical Society sent a letter two weeks ago to all local doctors who care for children and asked if they would sign a letter which was to be given to every Collier County Public School student encouraging them to obtain the H1N1 vaccine.

More than 50 percent of the pediatricians and more than 95 percent of the family practitioners in Collier County declined the opportunity to sign this letter. Fourteen out of 30 pediatricians signed and only three family practitioners signed.

After discussions with many of these doctors, their refusal to sign the letter rested on one of two reasons. First, the H1N1 vaccine lacks the customary safety testing as required by law. Second, the government policy of vaccinating through the school system was found to be disturbing and coercive.

The chairman of the pediatric department at one of the two local hospitals and I wrote a letter to the Daily News, outlining the safety concerns with the vaccine. After Liz Freeman wrote her article we asked the editor to stop the publication of our letter. The discussion had been started.

My understanding is that the majority of physicians who care for children approve of the vaccine in a case-by-case method, but not as a mass campaign of vaccination. I understand that this topic elicits strong reactions in many, but a physician’s moral obligation per the Hippocratic Oath is to do no harm.

— Brian Thornburg, M.D.


Get the picture?

Editor, Daily News:

Now that everyone knows about the red-light cameras, why don’t they put them at every major intersection? For that matter, why don’t they put them at stop signs too?

Some major revenue-collecting areas that come to mind are the on/off ramps at Interstate 75 (wait, the state doesn’t allow them); the eastbound right turn at Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road (wait, Sheriff’s Office vehicles blow through that one all the time).

Anyway, there are lots of places that Collier County and its contractor from Arizona could come up with. (I’d like to see some investigative reporting on that deal.)

Let’s really kick it up a notch and put a DUI checkpoint in front of every establishment that serves alcohol. Think of the revenue. With Collier County’s zero-tolerance stance, even those who blow under the legal limit face arrest or conviction. (Wait, then the jails would be full of prosecutors, judges and police officers, along with the rest of the diners, happy-hour crowd, golfers, softball players, fishermen, et al., who just had “one or two.”)

Problem solved! No one on the roads, in the restaurants, hotels, etc. It would be like old times, only a handful of establishments and no traffic, and definitely no one on the road on their way to/from work risking cameras or from dinner/lunch/golfing/beaches etc. after a glass or two of whatever.

Maybe that’s what the powers that be want?

Hey, TaxiTime, maybe it’s time to go public.

— Bill Bibo


Caught in the act

Editor, Daily News:

Christine Ritter’s letter deals with a very real danger in Naples and throughout our country — red-light runners. However, Ritter’s commentary seems to diminish the value of our red-light cameras, and looks through the prism of how it may discourage some tourists from returning to our beautiful county.

Red-light cameras entrap no one. They catch a lawbreaker in the act. To say the offender receiving “a citation for a violation they had no idea they had committed” flies in the face of logic.

As the offender approaches an intersection at 45 mph and the light is red, and he or she decides to run it anyway, I believe they know they have just broken the law. This law, and these cameras, are for the benefit of all of us: locals, snowbirds and tourists.

I, for one, am grateful that law enforcement, and city and county officials, are providing us with much-needed protection.

Cameras — keep on clicking.

— Chuck Smith


We work for you

Editor, Daily News:

This is a great time for honoring perioperative nurses everywhere. This year the theme for Perioperative Nurse Week is “Reaching the peak of perioperative practice: Safety, quality, collaboration.”

Perioperative nursing is a specialized area. As a fundamental member of the surgical team, the perioperative registered nurse works with surgeons, anesthesia providers, surgical assistants and other assistive personnel. Perioperative nursing requires a unique and highly-specialized skill set gained from specialized training and education.

As a perioperative nurse, I am responsible for planning and directing all nursing care for patients about to undergo invasive surgical procedures, and I serve as the patient’s advocate while they are powerless to make their own decisions.

In 2009, perioperative nurses are deeply involved in health reform by promoting standardized data collection at the point of service to use for comparative effectiveness studies.

This is a key mechanism to achieve patient safety and a perfect fit for our celebration of Perioperative Nurse Week.

— Stefani Cohen, R.N.


Get the message?

Editor, Daily News:

U.S. postal service is broke. Social Security is broke. Freddie Mac and Fannie May are broke. War on poverty spends trillions of dollars over the years and still hasn’t worked.

Medicare is broke. Medicaid is broke.

Amtrak is still broke after 39 years. Stimulus dollars didn’t work. Cash for Clunkers went broke before program was completed.

And now, the same government — albeit different faces — wants to control our lives through health care. They want to dictate the how, why and when we can go to a doctor or hospital.

Oh yes, they say it won’t happen, but their track record speaks volumes about accountability, transparency (I don’t think they know the meaning of that word), fiscal responsibility, integrity and economical spending.

And don’t forget the cap-and-trade bill. That will tax many businesses out of the country and we will pay higher rates on utilities.

Our great country is so deep into debt and Washington keeps spending and borrowing. Where is common sense anymore?

— Bob and Nancy Jane Berens


Does anyone else see, care?

Editor, Daily News:

As if our Collier County School Board doesn’t have enough problems, members voted to teach our middle- and high-school children how to use condoms.

The shortfall in revenue and mediocre test scores aside, board members’ real mission is to spread their urgent message to every child that a condom will prevent disease and pregnancy.

I hope our School Board members know how to use a dictionary, because they need to look up “latency” and stop forcing our children into a discussion of subjects they don’t want to talk about, especially in a classroom with their peers and teacher.

Why do they not understand that the reason child molestation is such a heinous crime is that it irreversibly invades a child’s privacy.

After 25 years of researching sex education I find scant difference between child molestation by one adult on one child and teaching sex in a classroom of children with varied backgrounds and maturity levels.

Why do they think it is acceptable to “touch” a child’s mind when a child’s mind is no less a private place?

Sex education throughout America for 30 years has promoted the acceptance of condoms, abortion and homosexuality — the sex educationist’s “facts of life.”

Planned Parenthood promotes public school sex education to generate business for the abortion clinics like the one it opened in Naples last month. Where better to desensitize our children en masse?

Why are you young parents not enraged by the School Board’s desire to indoctrinate your children in their sexual mores? Why are you silent?

— Ed Ruff

Pelican Bay

Advice and consent

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Letter writer upset with Eddie Filer for telling people what to do.

Filer is a sage who espouses his views and leaves it up to the readers to make their own decisions.

My advice is very simple: Stop reading his letters if you disagree with him.

It is apparent that these letter writers have never met Eddie!

— John Lukosky


Check it out?

Editor, Daily News:

So nice of President Barack Obama to show his concern about the Afghan presidential election. He asked the United Nations to get involved and question the results.

I wonder if Afghan President Hamid Karzai will reciprocate and have someone look at the results of our last presidential election.

The United Nations could check out ACORN’s involvement in voter registration. Someone should.

— Beverly Fedje


Give us this day our ...

Editor, Daily News:

For over 20 years, the mission of St. Matthew’s House has been, in part, to feed the hungry. It is the very basis of what started this ministry in the first place, so when supplies run low enough to warrant cutting back what we can give out, it becomes a dire situation.

We are forever grateful to the community for answering our recent plea to restock the food pantries at St. Matthew’s House and the thrift store in Bonita Springs. We have gone from virtually empty shelves to a healthy supply of staple ingredients in the grocery bags we give out daily to those in need.

Food drives at schools like Royal Palm Academy and Gulf Coast High School, and businesses like Sport Clips and the merchants of the Bed Bath & Beyond Plaza and more, as well as countless individual food donations, have all been able to ensure that the “least of these” will have food on the table for their families.

As we gear up for our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/trimmings giveaways, again we humbly thank everyone who is helping us in our mission to feed the hungry and transform lives. Food donations can be made at either St. Matthew’s House in Naples or the Bonita Springs House of Treasures Thrift Store located at the corner of Bernwood Drive and Old 41 Road. Call Communications and Event Officer Julie Clay at (239) 298-5026 for more information.

May God bless you.

— Vann R. Ellison

President/CEO, St. Matthew’s House

We agree on something

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Sept. 26 letter by Dale Danford headlined “Where we stand.”

He states that a woman can choose to end her pregnancy by abortion. It seems that there is no consideration for the humanity of the issue.

Danford says that women “who have abortions are haunted for the rest of their lives is complete nonsense.” I submit that the cited “250 studies” are diametrically opposed to my lifetime’s experience.

He further states “after an abortion, most studies find that the emotional effects are short–lived and relatively benign,” concluding that “98 percent of women who have abortions have no regrets and would repeat that choice under similar circumstances.”

Why use a statistic, which is incredulous since there are few, if any, issues on which 98 percent of people agree?

Danford finalizes his letter with a statement that abortion should be rare, safe, readily available and chosen on “facts,” not on anti-abortion propaganda.


It is sincerely felt that a better understanding of a process that has resulted in nearly 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade is dearly needed.

— John C. Ruehl


It is going to be so great

Editor, Daily News:

Members of the Naples Garden Club were offered a sneak preview of the soon-to-open Naples Botanical Garden.

Wait until you see it!

Naples is in for a spectacular treat! Fabulous! A world-famous garden right here in Naples.

Children will love it! Adults will be enthralled! Parking is adequate and the gardens are larger than expected with wide, paved walking paths and many shaded areas.

Thank you, Brian Holley, and all past and present staff, volunteers and generous donors who have brought these gardens to life in Naples.

Residents may wish to purchase the family membership. A family membership given as a gift surely will bring joy and pleasure to the entire family every visit every day of the year.

— Ethel Graham


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