Letters to the editor: Oct. 27, 2009

The 49-piece Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performed its annual free concert at Naples’ Cambier Park on Sunday afternoon. The orchestra performs this year's free concert in the park at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Photo by Jeff Lytle

The 49-piece Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performed its annual free concert at Naples’ Cambier Park on Sunday afternoon. The orchestra performs this year's free concert in the park at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Photo by Jeff Lytle

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 27, 2009:

What makes us special

Editor, Daily News:

Wow, what a performance!

I’m referring to the concert presented by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Cambier Park on Sunday (photo at left).

If you attended you know what I mean; if you didn’t attend you missed a fantastic medley of musical compositions based on an underlying theme of tunes from the movies.

There was a variety of composers represented from Mozart through John Williams.

This concert confirms once again my delight in relocating to Naples from Pennsylvania. It is this kind of community spirit that makes Naples such a wonderful place to reside.

I certainly hope that I will have the opportunity to enjoy more of this superb entertainment.

Thank you, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.

— Larry R. Meglathery

Naples

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Letter of the Day: Take me out to the zzz ...

Editor, Daily News:

The Major League Baseball season is too long.

The 30 teams play 2,460 games before determining which two teams will face one another in the World Series.

That’s the equivalent of two teams playing for 7,000 hours or more than 290 days — 24 hours a day.

Whew.

I’m tired just thinking about it.

— Jeff White

Naples

Look who’s talking

Editor, Daily News:

Kim Legendre, the Florida Gulf Coast University student who won an award for her “leftist abuse” submission to a conservative Web site, complained that she objects to “... just extending the government’s hand in our freedoms.”

I find it ironic that the conservative movement has no problems extending the government’s hand by campaigning to take away a women’s freedom in her right to choose.

The conservative movement had no problems extending the government’s hand when they took away the freedom to be married from gay couples in California even though California had passed a law allowing this freedom.

The conservative movement is now actively campaigning to extend the government’s hand to take away that same freedom for gay couples in Maine — another state that currently allows gay marriage.

Maybe Legendre should look at who is really taking away our freedoms.

— Stephanie Rhodes

Naples

A toast to Burns, parks

Editor, Daily News:

Re. Oct. 15 beer festival in downtown Naples.

To all the merchants who participated, thank you very much. It was a lot of fun. You were very generous with your food samples, and were outgoing and friendly, which made us feel welcome.

There are at least four restaurants we will revisit for a sit-down, judging on your samples.

I’m a little late on this compliment, but I would like to thank Ken Burns for his documentary on our national parks. And for all his other documentaries, for they captivate my mind and soul.

The first show was on a Monday night. I planned to watch it for 30 minutes, and then switch over to the football game. I did not watch one minute of the game.

I was captivated. I watched it every night, and after one show I wrote this: “I struggle in man’s world, but glory in God’s. He has given us a masterpiece; man can destroy it, or protect it. The choice should be simple.”

— Jim Adduci

Naples and Boston

Be smart and read closely

Editor, Daily News:

The Daily News’ front-page story headlined “Student wins award for story about ‘leftist abuse’ ” perpetuates the misnomer that there is some sort of abuse involved.

It is natural that partisan organizations should mischaracterize events to further political agendas, but it has been traditional for “news organizations” to attempt to avoid overt “yellow journalism.”

Of course, the line between news and commentary is now routinely flouted, and Fox News is very much in the forefront of the movement to make propaganda broadly accepted as “fair and balanced” news.

To the Daily News’ (or the writer’s) credit, a full reading of the story provides enough hard data to debunk the headline and initial paragraphs, but the headline is clearly misleading and tends to belie the more accurate conclusion that can be drawn from reading the article.

Academic freedom lies very close to the heart of American liberty, and engagement in civic life is and should be at the core of higher education in our society. So while the class at Florida Gulf Coast University clearly preserves and encourages diverse engagement with civic and political life, the same cannot be said of the story as presented in Saturday’s paper.

— Earl Rectanus

Naples

Doctors back Dr. Tober

Editor, Daily News:

Dr. Robert Tober proudly received the Florida Medical Association’s coveted Roy M. Baker, M.D., Award for outstanding leadership in the provision of emergency medical services at a recent meeting of prominent Florida physicians. He was highly commended for his achievements and for his lifelong dedication to the practice of medicine.

But on Oct. 19, he was back to reality faced once again with attacks from the Collier County fire departments in their bid to fragment the unified EMS that he has struggled to support for over 30 years.

The physicians of the Collier County Medical Society are seriously concerned regarding the proposed legislation that would give the fire districts autonomy to provide life-support services outside of the present unified Collier County Emergency Medical Services. We believe this escalating situation between the EMS and the fire departments not only involves the medical community, but also the welfare of each citizen of Collier County.

The Collier County Medical Society, representing more than 530 practicing physicians in the county, continually advocates for access to health care in the county and, more importantly, the timely delivery of that care.

We believe that the public has a right of access to highly skilled paramedics who can deliver not only basic life support, but also advanced life support in an emergency situation.

Tober, a longtime member of the Collier County Medical Society, and a pioneer in the delivery of emergency medical services in the county, has the full support of the medical society in his fight to prevent this misguided legislation. We stand behind him.

— Joseph Gauta, M.D.

Naples

President, Collier County Medical Society

Wonder why?

Editor, Daily News:

In a letter to the Daily News, Dale Danford applauded the peaceful opening of the new Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Naples.

I agree with him, since violence of any nature as a protest against abortion would be a contradiction to the violence being perpetrated on the developing babies.

Danford’s letter trots out the usual arguments supporting the pro-abortion position, namely:

“The gender” issue; a woman’s right to have “control over her own body”; and a woman’s right to “personal choice” to decide for herself if she wishes to proceed with or terminate her pregnancy (kind of like her right to decide what color car she desires).

There is also the “psychological” issue, in which he cites the very reliable and oft-quoted source of most studies to convince us that most women not only do not have any psychological damage from abortion but that they would do it again.

However, nowhere in Danford’s letter does he address the central issue of abortion, which is the right to terminate a life. Nowhere does Danford cite studies, or even “most studies,” of experts in embryology proving, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the embryo is not a distinct living and whole human being.

This, and not “a woman’s right to choose,” is the central issue that needs to be discussed and Danford doesn’t mention it. Maybe he just doesn’t understand the issue.

— Sean C. James

Bonita Springs

Now and again

Editor, Daily News:

I am shocked to read that big insurance/trial lawyers are scaring seniors about current health-care/insurance proposals. How much will they spend to defeat critical cost-cutting measures? I suppose whatever it takes.

A basic national insurance plan for those who cannot afford insurance will cut long-term costs by minimizing emergency-room use, lost work days, increased payroll taxes and preventative care for them and their families, for which we all pay.

Don’t think of it as a free ride for them. We all pay for it anyway. That’s what insurance is — a pool of contributors who collectively cover the worst cases (should they be mine, yours or theirs) whether they contribute (pay premiums) or not.

Higher rates to cover insurance-company profits and higher still legal fees to cover potential litigation both tend to defeat our common purpose. The threat of malpractice lawsuits for insured physicians is what drives up your premiums and forces doctors to prescribe every possible lab test, CAT scan or biopsy. He wants you to be healthy but is covering his rear end because you have insurance. He doesn’t care whether you or your employer pays the premium, so long as it is paid. It’s relatively cheap to you and he gets his fee at the going rate.

Get the facts. Don’t be persuaded by self-serving scare campaigns. We need the public option for the small, less-affluent class so we can cut the overall cost of our entire insurance pool — yours and mine.

Your grandchildren will thank you later.

— Cliff Welles

Bonita Springs

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