Letters to the editor: Feb. 23, 2010

This letter came to a family in Naples from Germany. It appears to be an example of how the U.S. Postal Service goes great lengths to deliver the mail. The real address is 5 Bluebill Avenue, Apt. 506. Submitted photo

This letter came to a family in Naples from Germany. It appears to be an example of how the U.S. Postal Service goes great lengths to deliver the mail. The real address is 5 Bluebill Avenue, Apt. 506. Submitted photo

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of Feb. 23, 2010. Editor's note: A reader's letter about the delivery of a letter has been added to this group of letters so that it matches the date in print of the letter to the editor (not the mailed postage).

A very special delivery

Editor, Daily News:

This letter came to us from Germany.

I think someone at some post office did a very good job of figuring out this quite unusually written address, and needs accolades.

In this day of returned mail because of wrong ZIP codes or other minor mistakes, this letter’s address needs to be publicized to praise a U.S. Postal Service official.

— Rosemarie and Joe Caruso

5 Bluebill Avenue, Apt. 506

Letter of the Day: Say ‘no,’ they go

Editor, Daily News:

Solution: No right on red.

Ever, ever, ever.

End of cameras, end of expense!

— Bernice Bennett

Naples

It’s actually this simple

Editor, Daily News:

Columnists waste their time with Tiger Woods and trying to explain his actions.

A man is who he is and it doesn’t matter what he says in his apology to try to regain his previous stature as a role model for children — or anyone else, for that matter.

All he really wants is the money he’s at risk of losing — and well he should.

Even if he was as good as the image created, he doesn’t deserve all that money and neither do any other sports figures whether good or bad.

That’s the part of our capitalistic system I disagree with. There should be a “cap” on what sports stars and celebrities in any area should earn. Their salaries are outrageous, as is the idolatry conveyed upon them by their followers.

However, it is a personal matter and Woods doesn’t owe anybody an apology except his immediate family who he hurt and humiliated in the process of him being who he is.

The magnitude of his deceit and selfishness is what’s so unbelievable and astounding. I doubt he’s sorry for anything except being caught.

As far as all his stupid women coming out of the woodwork looking for sympathy (money), they should be ashamed to even admit to their stupidity and we shouldn’t allow them the publicity they’re seeking.

— Mary Storto

North Naples

‘Sad’ to say

Editor, Daily News:

I watched Tiger Woods’ performance last Friday.

I was unable to watch all of it.

I ran out of Kleenex.

— Fred Hayes

Naples

In this together?

Editor, Daily News:

Columnist Ann McFeatters skewers former Vice President Dick Cheney for criticizing the current administration.

When she wrote, “It used to be that former presidents and vice presidents never castigated their successors in public,” she leaves out some glaring comparisons.

Loose-lipped Jimmy Carter’s record speaks for itself.

Then there’s President Barack Obama and his incessant, boring, repetitive and misleading rap about “the previous administration” and his “we inherited” mantra. When will he accept responsibility for anything?

Our childlike president doesn’t stop with wailing and pointing his finger at others for his problems. He hasn’t yet lost his habit of telling one audience what he believes it wants to hear and another audience the complete opposite. Las Vegas is the most recent example. This worked on the campaign trail, but not anymore.

When Vice President Joe Biden and Obama claim Iraq as their “victory,” when they say they will change things and don’t (wiretaps, Guantanamo, lobbyists in the government, transparency in government, etc.), we need someone with actual knowledge of the events to speak up. Their every act is prefaced with the reminder that this is better than the previous administration. Any wonder why Cheney is compelled to respond?

We, the people, see what is happening and have the intelligence and observational capability to recognize it. Those of us without a D, R, L, P or C (Democrat, Republican, liberal, progressive or conservative) tattooed indelibly on our brain can clearly see the mendacity of the current crowd led by Chicago thugs in the Big House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

— Jim Chriss

Naples

Not up to par

Editor, Daily News :

You have managed to smother us with news of Tiger Woods in Saturday’s edition — almost the entire front page as well as the front page of the sports section.

I would be hesitant to add up the column inches.

If he has said this is a private affair, why is the issue getting so much press?

There was very little news in this press conference. It left many more questions than answers. It left me with the feeling that he was looking for public sympathy when he deserves none.

If he was so dedicated to receiving counseling, where was he from the time of the accident until he sought help more than a month later?

Please don’t devote excessive coverage until and after he returns. We do not need or want it.

— Brad Scribner

Naples

Apology philosophically

Editor, Daily News:

Observe the contradictions in Tiger Woods’ apology.

Early on he said, “I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.”

He goes on to say, “I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. ... I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply ... instead I only thought about myself.”

However, his self is exactly what he wasn’t thinking about; he acted on impulse, not on what was in his own best self-interest. He may have been taught “core values,” but, unfortunately, he obviously was not taught how to use them to undergird his actions.

Let’s be clear: To act selfishly means to act in your own self-interest, which includes both the short term and the long term.

If Woods is truly “dedicated to making sure” that he helps “young people achieve their dreams through education,” then he should start by recognizing the “Virtue of Selfishness” as first identified by author philosopher Ayn Rand and available in her book of the same name.

— Jim Smith

Co-founder, Ayn Rand Society

for Individual Rights of Naples

Only February, but ... we already have a winner

Editor, Daily News:

Ann McFeatters’ vitriolic column on former Vice President Dick Cheney makes her eligible for the honor of Attack Dog of the Year.

Since when was Cheney “one of the most unpopular vice presidents ever among Republicans”? Democrats and others of the liberal persuasion, such as McFeatters, certainly crucified him day in and day out for eight years. I would say that he must have been pretty popular with independents as well, or else how did he ever get elected for a second term?

Moving on, I especially love McFeatters’ remark that “it used to be that former presidents and vice presidents never castigated their successors in public” and that “it used to be considered rude, counterproductive and unseemly to slam the new guys.” Former President Bill Clinton was on former President George W. Bush’s case from day one, and former Vice President Al Gore was not far behind him in joining in with the constant stream of venom against their successors.

Perhaps you have failed to notice that Bush has not publicly criticized President Barack Obama and his policies, much to the chagrin of many of his admirers. He has observed the traditional policy of silence for at least the first year of the new administration.

That time is up.

Go get ’em, George!

— James Riddle

Naples

The best? Really?

Editor, Daily News:

Re: letter from Carol Lieske on the United States having the “best health-care system in the world.”

I am a long-retired physical therapist and have the greatest respect for the physicians and health-care providers of our country. They do provide wonderful care to those who have good health insurance or can afford it.

However, if you consider our population as a whole, our “system” ranks nowhere near the top. There are several ways of rating health care and we sadly only rank highest in health expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product (2005).

I encourage her and everyone having concerns for health care in the U.S. to read “The Healing of America” by T.R. Reid. It’s enlightening.

— Pat Krause

Naples and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ins and outs

Editor, Daily News:

I’ve read several letters to the editor accusing the tea-party attendees of being racist.

Why is it that anyone who disagrees with President Barack Obama’s policies has to be racist?

One writer commented that he saw not one person of color at the rallies. Could this be because people of color vote 90 percent Democrat?

Another misconception is that the party is anti-Obama or anti-Democrat. The real message I get is we are against all incumbents. In other words, throw all the bums out.

One has to look no further than Gov. Charlie Crist; he has been overtaken by Marco Rubio in the Senate race. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, are both in trouble, being challenged in the primaries by conservative challengers. Beau Biden refused to run for his father’s Senate seat. Sen. Chris Dodd retired. Members of both parties are bailing out by the day.

What we are tired of is both parties ignoring the people. We are tired of thousands of earmarks. We are tired of lobbyists running the country.

We’re tired of endless new government agencies and czars. We’re tired of sweetheart perks and backroom deals.

In short, we are tired of politicians constantly running for re-election, lining their own pockets and sticking it to the people of this great country for their own gain.

It’s time to throw them out and keep throwing them out until they get the message.

— John Daugherty

Naples

They should think

Editor, Daily News:

As an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a volunteer/escort for Planned Parenthood of Collier County, I take issue with the actions of those Catholic and Protestant church groups interfering with client access to health care. Organizers are usurping the holy season of Lent: campaigning against women’s rights and calling this “40 Days for Life.”

Actually the season of Lent is an invitation to 40 days of personal renewal — not shaping others’ actions. Throughout Lent, Christians prepare themselves for the good news of Easter through the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Ash Wednesday, which inaugurates Lent, is rooted in Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Ashes are imposed on the forehead of the believer in the sign of the cross, indicating sorrow, repentance and our own mortality.

Christians are called upon to confess their inadequacies and failings throughout Lent, admitting that we have sinned in thought, word and deed both by commission and omission. Lent is a holy journey of self-examination, acknowledging our own needs for God’s repentance, mercy and forgiveness. Anyone who thinks Lent is meant for publicly praying for others has not studied the Gospel of Matthew, which teaches us not to parade our religion before others. Rather we should “pray to our Father in secret.”

Walking these 40 days, we might pray, “We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven. Accept our repentance, O God, for our neglect of human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty.”

— Judith E. Meissner

Naples

Noble and not

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Cleaner planet versus global warming.

I believe the global-warming advocates made a major mistake by attempting to convince the masses that man, over the past 100 years, has somehow altered the climate of a planet that has undergone many normal climate cycles over its millions of years of existence.

While global warming may be happening, it’s a tough sell that man is responsible.

That being said, I believe that the cause is noble; that is, we should help protect our environment. One only needs to travel to cities like Taipei, Taiwan, or Mumbai, India, to see how local environments can be affected by the pollution caused by cars and factories; where citizens wear face masks to filter the unhealthful air.

Many who are old enough to remember know that these conditions existed in many U.S. cities just 50 years ago. So, if the global-warming folks would have addressed this issue as simply an initiative towards a cleaner environment for mankind, there would have been far fewer skeptics and roadblocks to cleaning up our environment.

Of course, the scare tactics may be politically useful for obtaining funding for pet “green” projects.

So, if President Barack Obama, Al Gore, et al, are serious about a greener planet and not political gain, they should get serious, look at the real facts and give us a cause we can all believe in — not how we can alter our planet’s climate, but that we can clean up our environment.

— Tony Mauriello

Bonita Springs

Softballs and hard truth

Editor, Daily News:

Subject: Daily News’ failure to see the obvious.

What are you thinking at the Daily News? The stimulus plan by former President George W. Bush, followed by the gigantic President Barack Obama stimulus, have failed. The problem was caused by government’s intervention in the marketplace (cheap money and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae gone wild supporting foolish mortgages).

These problems have not been corrected. The stimulus plan, now to be renamed the jobs bill, is the way government gains more power and control. There is a clear pattern: government gets involved to solve a problem then makes the problem worse.

The government has not created any new jobs in the private sector, only unneeded government jobs that are a drain on our tax dollars.

The president has stated that 95 percent of the people will receive a tax cut and the press does not report this as just baloney. Now the government is going to increase taxes and double our exports — more baloney. We seem to have a history of government distorting the facts aided by the Daily News.

Example: On Thursday, on the editorial page, Daily News softballs the stimulus and fails to report that government intervention is only pork, power-grabbing and vote-buying in the name of stimulus or job creation.

In Florida, we will get funds for light rail; yet another boondoggle. It will lose money and be a tax burden for Florida residents.

— Jim Brock

North Naples

Let’s be clear: Words matter

Editor, Daily News:

Several years ago the press excoriated Dan Quayle for misspelling the world “potato(e).”

Yet, our current commander in chief apparently gets a pass for insulting many in his military service — to include this retired old soldier — for not knowing the difference between a navy corpsman (a medic) or the U.S. Marine Corps (our elite military fighting force) and a corpse (dead body).

Last October, at a graduation ceremony for Navy medics, Obama referred to them as “corpse-men”; and recently I heard him refer to “corpse-men” three times in one speech.

If he doesn’t know the difference between corps (pronounced core) and corpse (pronounced as spelled), then I shudder to think that we are led militarily by a person who apparently doesn’t understand the difference between the Marine Corps and a corpse who was once a fighting Marine.

Also, I recall former President George H.W. Bush was voted out office possibly because of his statement, “Read my lips. No new taxes.” That backfired on him. I wonder what effect Obama’s change in attitude toward taxes will have on his presidency?

While campaigning, he consistently promised there would be absolutely no increase in taxes for those whose income was less than $250,000. Now he is “atheistic” (doesn’t believe in God?) about taxes.

What does that mean?

— Thomas P. Rametta

Bonita Springs

Policy now is fuelish

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Energy policy and the economy.

The economic impact of the current political energy policy that blocks domestic drilling, exploration and increased refining dwarfs the effects of the sub-prime mortgage losses. We spent $700 billion in 2008 alone on foreign oil.

How many trillions of dollars have we sent out of the country in the last 35 years? Easily $10 trillion and probably more than $20 trillion.

What has that meant to the American economy, the balance-of-trade deficit and the number of high-paying jobs that have been lost while they have gone elsewhere? If we do that for the next 10 years, we will send $7 trillion out of America. In these troubled economic times, continuing this drain on our economy may well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

We must explore, find and use our own plentiful resources of oil, gas and nuclear energy and build as many refineries as necessary until viable alternatives are economically available. This will reduce the price of energy. Gas, gasoline and home heating oil will drop significantly.

It will reduce the income and influence of hostile countries which currently supply energy to us, reduce ability of hostile oil-producing countries to fund and sponsor terrorists, and eliminate our economic and military need to protect foreign energy sources.

Current energy policy is a major cause of our economic woes.

— Thomas F. Kelly, Ph.D.

Naples

I saw the light

Editor, Daily News:

This probably will not make the paper.

This is not a sensational or a horrible, gory story.

Recently, I stopped at a red light. I watched an elderly man approach the intersection, pushing a shopping cart filled with perhaps all his worldly possessions.

A car approached the intersection and abruptly pulled to the curb. The driver left his car, took out his wallet and gave the elderly man some bills.

Good to know there are still good people around! It was uplifting for me and a reminder to count my blessings.

Sure made my day.

— Patricia Ruel

Naples

Got us covered?

Editor, Daily News:

My wife is now in the market for health insurance. She is a very healthy 63-year-old who takes no prescription drugs, works out, is not overweight, does not smoke and has excellent test results from her doctor.

I would think she would have no problem with getting health-care insurance. We applied to two major companies to provide her with coverage. She was asked by both companies to answer some medical questions.

She had been given a prescription for Nexium about five years ago for some acid reflux which she took for four weeks and the problem went away. She has not taken this medication since.

She has had two cortisone shots for twisting her knee in the last 10 years. She told both companies about this when they asked. I would think that most people at the age 63 would have similar issues.

However, both companies came back and said they would provide insurance with a $2,500/$5,000 deductible, but would exclude any coverage for any knee problems or esophageal problems. One of the companies said they would also increase their published cost by 20 percent because of her age.

Her doctor has not diagnosed her with any permanent medical conditions, but the insurance companies have — they say this is a pre-existing condition and they will not provide benefits for this.

I am glad I have the government-run Medicare plan, because I have atrial fibrillation and could not buy a health-care policy for any amount of money.

— Rick Dykman

Naples

There for shelter

Editor, Daily News:

I know of a case long, long ago. There was a husband who constantly beat and abused his wife — physically, sexually and mentally.

Then he impregnated her again.

Distraught and desperate, with no one to whom she could turn, she self-aborted. She died.

Hard to believe? It’s true, and things like this go on every day.

Another good reason to support the Shelter for Abused Women and Children and Planned Parenthood.

— Nan Bardsley Evans

Naples

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