Letters to the editor: Oct. 28, 2009

Lu Ann Fricchione stepped outside her home in Valencia Lakes on Sept. 10 to this sight. She said she was amazed to see that many ducklings (20 in all, yes 20!), so she ran back inside to grab her camera and capture the busy mother leading the way. Photo by Lu Ann Fricchione

Lu Ann Fricchione stepped outside her home in Valencia Lakes on Sept. 10 to this sight. She said she was amazed to see that many ducklings (20 in all, yes 20!), so she ran back inside to grab her camera and capture the busy mother leading the way. Photo by Lu Ann Fricchione

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Oct. 28, 2009:

‘A chick letter’

Editor, Daily News:

The “Keeping all her ducks in a row” photograph by Lu Ann Fricchione (reprinted at left) left a warm spot in my heart which I couldn’t shake off until now, so I’ll write a chick letter.

In June 1933 at age 12 I worked for Jones Chicken Hatchery (Colonial Heights, Va.).

Mr. Jones delivered the mail on a motorcycle with sidecar. Mrs. Jones turned eggs in incubators. I stapled 5-by-5-foot boxes together with four compartments to hold 25 chicks each. George Brown supervised the process of getting chicks ready for delivery to the places that sold them.

In the 1920s and 1930s some hardware stores sold baby chicks. On a Saturday, Mr. Brown and I delivered 100 chicks to three hardware stores in Richmond.

Hull Street Hardware was last. George jumped up in the truck and when he tried to lift a box the top came off. Six-week-old chicks fluttered around.

Cars were backed up on Hull Street and to make matters more hectic, a scoutmaster was training 20 tenderfoots to march by keeping time with a drummer. The chicks jumped to the street and lined up to march with them.

Car folks and walkers got in the parade. Jack Cannon, the store owner, marched with the scoutmaster.

Someone said: “Richmond has not seen such excitement since Grant came through.”

Mr. Cannon donated the chicks to the Boy Scouts to raise and earn their badges.

Mr. Brown: “Buddy, your stapling mistake created more laughter than we have heard during these hard times.

“I will not fire you.”

— Buddy Eubank


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Letter of the Day: This would make a splash

Editor, Daily News:

This letter is to suggest a doggie beach in Naples with the following parameters: Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated and fixed, and have Canine Good Citizen certification. The operation would be supervised by a volunteer canine beach corps. Dogs would be tested annually (blood, urine and feces) for parasites.

Arguments in favor:

* An authorized canine beach is a tourist attraction.

* Dogs (via owners) constitute a sizable consumer group.

* Dogs that are accredited perform many community services on a voluntary basis. This includes search and rescue; therapy visits to hospitals, nursing homes and hospices; and serving as eyes and ears for the blind and disabled.

* As household pets, dogs provide unconditional love and companionship as well as security and watchdog functions.

* As our personal and informal trainers, many dogs are our motivators for exercising regularly and enjoying ensuing health benefits. The dog walks are confined mainly to city streets and a few parks. Beach visits are curtailed because of legal restraints even though dogs and owners may love the beaches.

* A canine beach does not disturb topography and is no more a hazard to wildlife than ordinary beach use by bathers, fishermen, surfers and off-shore boaters and Jet Ski users.

* Pollution from canine urine is minimal and feces will be picked up.

* Hopefully these parameters would prompt more dog owners to get their dogs certified so that they are truly Canine Good Citizens.

— Maggie McGall


Just asking

Editor, Daily News:

Just wondering: Where are the jobs promised from the stimulus plan?

Where is the outcry on the bullying and intimidation tactics being used by the White House? Why are there multiple radical czars reporting to our president? Check their past affiliations.

Is there one thing that President Barack Obama has completed as promised?

What message is being sent to our brave troops in Afghanistan? Why does the president state he will take his time before sending them help?

Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying increasing taxes is not really a tax increase, since taxes were previously reduced? Why was she a “big fan” of Iraq war protesters in 2006 but in 2009 stated those protesting the president’s health-care plan were “un-American”?

Is our present health-care system far below those countries with socialized medicine?

Why would a man diagnosed with prostrate cancer in the United Kingdom be 600 percent more likely to die than a man with the same disease in the United States? A woman with breast cancer in the U.K. would be 88 percent more likely to die than a woman in the U.S.

Why does my 83-year-old sister have to wait 16 weeks for an MRI in Canada? Her injuries are the result of a fall and she is in severe pain.

If letter-writer Nina Mold is so unhappy with health care in the U.S., why is she so desperate to stay here, and what was it that made her leave the U.K. in the first place?

Could it be that with all its faults the “good old U.S.A.” is still the place most people would love to call home?

— Brenda Walker


Which way will it be?

Editor, Daily News:

As columnist Ben Bova points out, 1913 is an important year as the Constitution was amended to change senatorial appointment to election by the people.

Probably more important is the creation of the Federal Reserve, which has now overpowered the Constitution and our republic.

Without amendment, the Federal Reserve now controls our money and banking. The Fed is unaudited and lacks oversight or control by Congress. The recent trillion-dollar bailouts of Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, General Motors, Chrysler and many others were done under “emergency” conditions.

The true test of how far out of control the Federal Reserve has become since 1913 is the value of our dollar. The sustained money devaluation is measured in the price of gold, which once backed our currency.

From 1913 to 1933, the dollar could be converted to gold at $20 per ounce. Franklin Roosevelt, in an executive order, devalued the dollar to $35, meaning 1 ounce of gold was worth $35. Former President Richard Nixon finished the job in 1971 when he stopped international conversion and devalued the dollar a third time.

Today gold trades at $1,050, which reduces the value of our dollar to 2 cents. How long will it take for the dollar to depreciate to zero?

Will the Federal Reserve monetize and print until our dollar is nearly worthless? We do not know. But, unless the Fed is brought under control, we are another republic lost in the pages of history.

— Bruce Sammut


On the air

Editor, Daily News:

Jay Ambrose’s commentary on President Barack Obama’s calling out Fox News is correct to the extent that it is ill-advised for the White House to get involved in the fray.

However, the White House has not disputed Fox News Channel’s right to say what it wishes, nor said that White House figures would not appear on Fox News. And it’s certainly not the first administration to go after the press.

Former President Richard Nixon had the Federal Communications Commission look into broadcast television licenses held by the Washington Post.

Freedom of the press and the electronic media requires an unfettered atmosphere; hence, opinions from the far right on Fox News and many AM talk stations, left-leaning opinions from MSNBC and Air America are just dandy.

This counters charges that the press is liberal throughout. And 60 years in the broadcasting business has taught me that most pressure groups are more interested in keeping opposite views off the air than in airing their own opinions.

— Robert Conrad

President, WCLV-FM Cleveland

Bonita Springs and Cleveland

Big money

Editor, Daily News:

I see that the pay czar is going to cut the compensation of the executives who took bailout money by 50 percent in most cases and 90 percent in others.

But what about the biggest bailout of all? Some $51 billion was given to Freddie Mac and the new CFO is going to get $5.5 million. Quite a raise from the $500,000 that Fifth Third Bank paid him and the same institution that had to take $3.4 billion of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds.

Quite a promotion, to get 10 times your previous salary to oversee an institution that had to take 14.5 times the bailout funds as your former one.

Wonder what or who the previous CFO knew who committed suicide last year? Maybe he saw the czars coming.

— Jared Harold


Simple solution

Editor, Daily News:

Many letters have been written about the fines for turning right on a red light.

There is a simple solution to the whole mess.

Eliminate all turns on red.

— Art Largent


Where we stand on flu vaccine

Editor, Daily News:

I have been watching the debate in your paper over the H1N1 vaccine.

Doctors from the Collier County Medical Society did send a letter through the Collier County public school system encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated. Not every pediatrician or family practice physician signed onto the letter, but I do not feel that their decision to decline support was necessarily indicative of their opinion. We have not questioned those physicians who declined to sign the letter.

The Collier County Medical Society supports the recommendation of the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the H1N1 vaccine. We also support our local department of health in its efforts to vaccinate those in high-risk groups: pregnant women, parents who live with or provide care for children less than six months old, persons from six to 24 years old, persons who are 25 to 64 years old and have high-risk medical conditions, and health and emergency medical personnel.

Disease prevention is the key to public health. The success of any public-health campaign, to protect the population, is for the majority to participate. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. This particular strain of flu is proving fatal for many in high-risk groups; without vaccination, the flu will continue to spread throughout the population, putting your child or loved one at risk. Nobody is forcing you to get your child vaccinated, it is a personal decision, but before you decide to opt out consider that healthy children have died and pregnant women have died.

Discuss your options with your doctor. We are here to help you, and keep you, your family and the community healthy.

— Joseph Gauta, M.D.


President, Collier County Medical Society

News to us

Editor, Daily News:

Just when the maverick Fox News network was about to be further vilified by the White House in its unrelenting vendetta comes now a glimmer of hope from a most unlikely source: the major liberal news networks.

When the White House announced that executive pay czar Kenneth Feinberg would be available for interview to all major news networks under the new pooling procedure — except Fox TV News — representatives of CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN refused the offer unless Fox was included.

After an embarrassing consultation, the White House rescinded the exclusion directive toward Fox and everybody got a shot at the czar.

Are some light bulbs of doubt beginning to illuminate the attitudes of those of the liberal media regarding the rights of those who would present interpretations opposite to theirs? The public airways should be protected, not controlled, by the administration in office, whoever it may be.

Viewers should hope that this stand by the high and mighty will open venues of objectivity and diversity for all news organizations.

Then let us be the catalyst of change!

— Peter Viscart


We carry on

Editor, Daily News:

“No judging, no preaching, no guilt.”

“They don’t care about you, they will exploit you.”

“They are for profit; they want your money.”

“Don’t kill your baby; God is angry with you.”

“Birth control is chemicals, it can kill you.”

“I regret my abortion.”

With statements like these, the people on the sidewalk at Planned Parenthood in Naples intimidate and scare. They think they stop us from doing our work. They think they stop patients from getting services. They don’t.

No one is loud enough to stop staff and volunteers from providing quality, affordable medical care. Patients know that the doors will stay open for them. Staff and volunteers keep working because our patients are too important to let angry protesters get in our way.

The protesters do have an effect. They make our work harder. They make our surroundings hostile and uncomfortable. Don’t be fooled by the rosaries and crosses. These people are angry, judgmental and downright mean.

Planned Parenthood works around the clock to protect your rights, health, safety and security.

The people on the sidewalk are the reason I became committed and stay committed to women’s rights; the reason I donate to pro-choice groups and the reason I am a true feminist. I continue to confront the notion that one person or set of people has the right to define what reality is for others.

I am pro-choice and I support Planned Parenthood. Join me.

— Jodi Bisogno


He let us down

Editor, Daily News:

Bonita Springs has been involved in an e-mail dispute since the disbanding of the city’s Communication Advisory Board.

I have been receiving e-mail from various persons embroiled in this dispute.

Included in those topics were references to a position with the title of custodian of public records. State law requires that position to be elected or appointed. Having been a member of the recent Charter Review Committee, I researched the city charter and did not find that title.

I spoke on this subject at City Council meeting Oct. 7. At the request of city staff, the Charter Review Committee recommended to the council that the Office of Clerk and the Office of Finance be separated.

I asked if any modifications would be made in their respective duties and the answer was “minor changes.” The state law designating that custodian office to the clerk was never discussed.

I was recently informed that attorney/councilman John Spear questioned why this subject was not discussed by the Charter Review Committee. He and the city attorney were there to “advise and propose” changes to the charter. Neither of these attorneys advised the committee of the state law pertaining to this matter.

I was honored to serve with the ladies and gentlemen advisors of the Charter Review Committee, and if we missed this office, council did too.

Spear is the elected official. He opted for a nonbinding resolution, failing to lead and include the office of custodian of public records in the charter.

— Robert W. Vandegrift

Bonita Springs

We lose again

Editor, Daily News:

Federal income tax and its guidelines are almost parallel to the taxation laws created by Britain for the colonies.

One of the original ideals of our Constitution was no taxation without representation, abolishing the unapportioned taxes put in place by a tyrant.

Today, we are being taken advantage of, as government officials hand CEOs millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money to keep them in limos and private jets, while we, the people, struggle month to month.

Our fractional reserve system has created so much debt that income tax has been realized for what it really is: fraud. It is borderline enslavement and smells like the tax system that caused a revolution so many moons ago.

These shackles of currency hanging from the wrist of every hard-working American are becoming more of a nuisance than a necessity. The negative worth of our federal reserve notes are based on debt in the fractional reserve system, debt that we, the people, are forced to pay.

We are all human beings; we deserve our slice of the pie, especially if we made the pie.

— Anthony DeMeo


Since when ... ?

Editor, Daily News:

Jamie Leigh Jones said she was gang-raped by fellow employees while on the job for Halliburton/KBR, put in a cargo container, held against her will and told not to tell her story to anyone or lose her job.

This happened under the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney administration’s watch and was hushed up for several years.

Jones was not allowed to sue Halliburton, even though a felony was committed, because of the employment contract she signed.

Since when are corporations allowed to have more rights than individuals? You and I can’t put ads in newspapers to make it publicly known that we can’t be sued, so why should corporations have that right?

Recently a Senate bill was introduced to restore constitutionally guaranteed rights to individuals. This is what our country was founded on: rights and freedoms of the individual, not of corporations. Allowing corporations to take away people’s rights, especially when they are being hired and paid by the government, whose job it is to protect our rights, is treasonous.

Thirty Republican senators voted against this bill. They didn’t think the federal government should interfere with the daily operations of a company despite the fact that a felony was committed.

Corporate personhood was wrongly granted after the 14th Amendment was ratified, an amendment written for individuals with respect to slavery. Allowing corporations to hold personhood status is an affront to our Constitution and our freedom.

A corporation can never be a person, because it can’t sacrifice itself for another person during wartime.

— Ron Smiley

Fort Myers

Can’t afford to forget this

Editor, Daily News:

One of the important pillars of the current health-care debate is cost.

Spiraling costs will eventually collapse any system regardless of how well it seems to be functioning. And while improved technology and more scrutiny on the quality and cost of services is essential, I think tort reform should receive more than just lip service.

Doctors pay ridiculous sums (which have to be passed on to the patient) for malpractice insurance to protect themselves from outlandish trial awards, then prescribe every sort of test and medication they can think of to ensure they cannot be sued for complacency or incompetence (which, again, the patient has to bear.)

Of course, the insurance companies pick up some of these costs, but their burden just passes through to the forlorn patient in higher premiums.

Meanwhile, these insurance companies invest our hard-earned funds in high-yield, high-risk stuff. When they do well they split the exorbitant gains inside their club; when they mess up, the taxpayer has to step up and bail them out.

Well, maybe certain professions and industries find this a really wonderful system. But as the victim in it all, as the person who ultimately pays the piper, I hope and pray someone out there is thinking of the frustrated patient and the hard-pressed taxpayer.

— Ollie James Akel

Bonita Springs

Let’s go — and add more

Editor, Daily News:

I’m appalled at the many letters I’m reading bemoaning the red-light cameras, as though they are “evil.”

I had a friend killed by a red-light runner, so I take this law very seriously.

And for you letter writers who don’t seem to know, it’s against the law to go through a red light! The purpose of it is to make you stop!

So why all the weeping and wailing about the cameras and the resulting citations? It’s very simple: Don’t go through a red light and you won’t get a citation.

Red-light running is rampant in Collier County and I, for one, am very happy about these cameras. I hope they install them at every intersection and then — maybe — drivers will cease this dangerous and illegal practice.

As to the seasonal visitors, the law’s the same up North so it won’t come as a surprise to them.

Come on, people. let’s stop this harmful practice. Who knows? The life you save may be your own.

— Karen L. Ryan


Can you dig this?

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Will Graves’ Oct. 11 guest commentary headlined “Your help needed to protect SW Florida coasts from oil drilling.”

For a starter, I’d like to state that I am a full-time owner/resident who lives in Naples, one-half mile inland.

I encourage you to reconsider your opinion regarding drilling for oil in the Gulf off Florida’s coast.

I am in favor of drilling everywhere off our coastal shores. I am in favor of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In fact, I’m in favor of harvesting oil anywhere in the United States where we can find it.

I’m also in favor of using our coal to fuel our power plants until they can be replaced with nuclear plants, which I would prefer.

I also favor using all the wind power we can muster and running our big trucks on CNG (natural gas conversions), a relatively clean fuel — T. Boone Pickens’ idea.

I am also in favor of us producing only autos that get 35-plus mpg (I know they’d be smaller and lighter and there would be complaints that they’re not as safe, but we all have to make compromises.)

I’m also very much in favor of us developing new clean-air alternative-energy technology, and that should be our main goal.

But here’s the thing: all of the aforementioned technologies are available now. We need to be practical-minded, not idealistic, because the alternative-fuel solution is a long way off.

You surely know that unless we do something immediately, gasoline prices will soon by north of $4 per gallon due to the devalued dollar and the increasing consumption of China and India. When gasoline went to $4-plus before, we were sending $2 billion a day to our enemies in the Middle East and Venezuela. We can avoid this by utilizing all of the remedies mentioned above.

If we fail to get the energy situation under control, and we get taken over by the Chinese or Muslims, they won’t give a darn about environmental concerns, and all will be lost forever.

— Joe Wood


Go ahead, raise it

Editor, Daily News:

I’m surprised at the lack of outrage that our local grocery chain and fast-food restaurants are fighting a 1-cent increase in the price of a pound of tomatoes.

These families who pick our vegetables work very hard to bring this fresh produce to our table. They do the work most of us don’t want to do. The families who harvest for us also buy here; they shop the stores, buy gas and get school supplies for their children.

Please tell these chain stores how you feel about a 1-cent raise in price per pound.

— Karen M. Wieser


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