Letters to the editor: July 5, 2010

Here are letters to the editor from Daily News editions of July 5, 2010:

Letter of the Day: Old friends

Editor, Daily News:

Thank you, Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

You are generous to the community and classy. It is so enjoyable to feel welcome to sit and watch the sunset, have a drink or something to eat in beautiful outdoor surroundings without being an actual guest of the hotel.

We have also enjoyed Sunday nights and dancing around the pool.

The family that owns the Naples Beach Club has a big heart. They grow beautiful orchids, too!

No one else can come close!

We also thank the sponsors for the concerts.

— Jeanne Jesse Welch


P.S. — Your new pool is gorgeous!

If oil, what then?

Editor, Daily News:

It’s coming. Oil. Millions of gallons have to go somewhere.

Am I the only one shocked at the nothing that’s being done to stem the flow? I saw a photo of the clean up effort — one man on a beach, shoving tar balls into a bag.

That photo, and the fact that nothing except bickering is happening on Capitol Hill to address this situation, prompted me to offer a solution. Since the one-man clean up effort is ludicrous, why not ask BP to build a wall along the Gulf? We can forget the Gulf existed. We won’t have to see the degradation or smell the rot. It’ll put people to work. We can offer advertising on the sides!

Since fishing will be finished, let’s get BP to retrain fishermen to be cattlemen.

Naples should stop fretting about Jackson Laboratory and focus on Disney. Got to lure tourists somehow! How about a Sea World while we’re at it, for all the soon-to-be-homeless fish? Encountering a manatee in Naples will no longer be serendipitous, but guaranteed!

Gambling, anyone? Since some predict the Gulf will be tainted for 20 years, why not allow offshore drilling? So what if another well goes wonky? Gulf inhabiting dolphins, manatees, birds and fish will be dead anyway. Just make sure the workers have good life insurance policies.

Given efforts thus far to address the spill, this is about as good as it may get.

— Lisa Mullarkey

Pelican Bay

A simple answer

Editor, Daily News:

On June 29 I attended the Collier County Commission candidate debate.

It was well run and very informative. I wish more people would take an interest in local politics and attend these sessions. I submitted a question. “If a land owner followed all the land codes and county rules, would you approve his PUD (Planned Unit Development) application?”

Two of the candidates, Gina Downs and Joe Foster, gave typical political answers saying, “It would depend on the situation.” Only one candidate answered straightforward and that was Georgia Hiller.

Hiller said, “Yes, the law is the law, if the land owner followed all the rules, I would approve.”

If a land owner follows all the rules, why wouldn’t approval be given? What else is there to say?

— Bob Claussen

North Naples

No questions asked

Editor, Daily News:

At Jeff Lytle’s suggestion, I went to the June 29 candidate forum, expecting to ask the question about Georgia Hiller’s names.

I was very disappointed to find out that this type of question could not be asked.

By the way, Lytle was a very good moderator.

— Kristine L. Russo


The road to profits

Editor, Daily News:

Congratulations to the Daily News for terrific coverage of the debate to fund Jackson Lab. You are giving equal print to all sides of this complex issue. I was particularly interested in the Phil Lewis’ June 27 article and Brent Batten’s June 29 article.

Both referred to the cost of sequencing an individual’s unique genome, with Lewis quoting the New York Times as saying the cost could fall as low as $5,000 a person, and Batten quoting the director of the National Institutes of Health as believing it will drop to less than $1,000 in five years.

Not mentioned by the Daily News was a June 7 Boston Globe article profiling a start-up company, GnuBio, a company in the early stages of developing technology that could sequence a human genome in hours for $30.

Does the expected dramatic drop in the cost of sequencing the human genome support Lewis’ comment that the Times news stories support the Jackson Lab proposal? That’s not clear.

The question is whether this science will lead to profitable commercial opportunities. The Times article pointed out there has indeed been great advancement of the basic science of the human genome but as yet very little in commercial drug development based on that science.

One reason is that if every individual needs an individually designed drug, the science may be there, but the profitability may not. If Jackson enters this field (which it is currently not in) it faces stiff competition.

Keep the discussion going. You are doing a great public service.

— Noreen Murray


Crushing a dream

Editor, Daily News:

A man in Bonita Springs is trying to preserve the historic Halderman House. He believes it is a valuable link to the area’s original residents. His efforts have halted, not by his lack of desire or commitment, but by the common enemy of economic recession.

The Bonita Springs government has graciously held back the bulldozers for 30 days. You would think that a city, built around its own historical and cultural past, would rally with support.

This man has a vision, a dream and a desire to preserve local history. He has set about doing so quietly and privately, asking only the for privilege to pursue his passion. He has not asked for public funds, labor or land. His only request is for more time!

Buildings come and go. The truth is that if we allow Bonita Springs and Lee County government to crush this man’s dream under the weight of the law’s bulldozer, then whose dream is next? These politicians ought to be using their collective abilities to rally the public to help save the Halderman House. We should be insisting they take up the mantle of leadership and rally us all to the cause.

The government we all want is the one that helps us to dream and reach higher. We can demand that politicians help preserve our ability to dream and to reach for a star.

If they send the bulldozers to knock down this dream, we should stand arm linked to arm before the machines of destruction sent to destroy personal ambition, goals and local history.

— James Welty


Good news bearers

Editor, Daily News:

There were so many wonderful stories in your paper this week that should have made the crabbiest reader smile.

The “Laugh Out Loud Award” goes to Kevin Heald. His explanation of erectile dysfunction to his 5-year old (sloppy LEGO builder) was great!

Gene Cerra’s wooden figurines made me smile. I was able to relate to Iris Shur’s story about working her way through school.

Congratulations should go to the Community School of Naples’ program for Immokalee students. It makes me realize how fortunate I am to live in Naples — even when the heat index is 105 degrees! — thanks to you.

— Phyllis Wilkinson


My boy Roy

Editor, Daily News:

Roy Terry is a candidate for Collier County School Board, District 5 (no matter where you live in Collier you can vote for all school districts).

A retired principal from Palmetto Ridge High School, Roy has served for more than 37 years in education and is currently serving as a member of the School Board. Roy is a unique and seasoned leader who values collaboration, teamwork and strong values. I support Roy because:

1. He understands the business of education and knows best how to work with parents, school staff and students to resolve problems. He has the knowledge and experience to make wise choices based on facts and best practices.

2. Roy’s plan for improving the way our schools need to function makes sense and is not driven by emotion or unfounded claims. Our School Board needs a leader, collaborator and team builder who understands critical thinking and cooperation.

3. Roy has no hidden agenda and his motives are simply to do what is best for the students of Collier County.

I am continually amazed at the number of students and teachers I meet whose lives have been enriched by Roy’s encouragement and leadership.

I encourage you to vote for Roy Terry on Aug. 24, Primary Day, and help him build the school system our students deserve.

— Deanna Bess


A lofty go-o-o-al

Editor, Daily News:

Following the bad calls received in the World Cup by the USA and the Mexican soccer teams, and the perfectly legal goal by England that never was, the question of the use of technology has once again been raised.

How can the archaic “head in the sand” approach of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the sports governing body, continually resist its use when it has been successfully introduced into many other major sports. Expense has been quoted as a consideration, but the World Cup and the premier leagues are much more affluent than some sports already benefiting.

The interruption to the flow of play would be minimal and would be considerably less than the time lost to that of players’ persistent and disgraceful feigning of injury.

Then Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA (who seems to make unilateral decisions for that body), is of the opinion that controversial decisions engender desirable lively discussion!

What rubbish! Would it not be better to have, as far as it is possible, fair and correct decisions determining the result of a match. The Republic of Ireland was denied qualification for the Cup by a late Thierry Henry handball seen in playback by the whole world! It is understandable that officials having to make split-second decisions sometimes get it wrong and inexplicable that the means to minimize these errors is not employed.

FIFA (Blatter!), although it is now time to reconsider technology again, but only in relation to goal line technology, is proving to be a pathetic Neanderthal joke.

— Dennis Kidd


Chasing money

Editor, Daily News:

Current state Rep. David Rivera ducked out of a debate at the Downtown Bay Forum in Miami on June 30 so he could attend a fundraiser and “other events.” He also was not at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony at Golden Gate Community Center on June 20 either. Why? Because while that ceremony was held in the congressional district he is running for, he was out doing more fundraising for his campaign.

Samuel Adam’s said it best in 1776: “When vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

Rivera’s vanity and greed speak volumes about the man he is, and the congressional leader we do not need. We need Joe Garcia!

— Bonnie Coppens


Missing in action

Editor, Daily News:

I am writing to discuss my disfavor in hearing congressional candidate, David Rivera, skipped a debate held by the Downtown Forum in Miami.

We all understand those emergencies that keep us from our obligations, but fundraising is not one of them. This highlights Rivera’s concern for his war chest and special interests outweigh the issues he will be faced with should he be elected. Then again foreclosures have that effect.

In my opinion, his absence was cowardly by avoiding questions these other candidates found important enough to debate. I hope his lobbying was successful as he won a nay vote from me.

I am unimpressed.

— Matthew R. McDowell


Light my fire

Editor, Daily News:

It has been said: “a divine spark resides in each of us ready to be ignited by God.”

That includes Eddie Filer.

— Buddy Eubank


Recommended reading

Editor, Daily News:

I taught math at Morristown (on the train line into Wall Street) High School in New Jersey immediately after college. I supplemented my low teacher’s salary by refereeing, managing a liquor store and home schooling ill students (usually nervous conditions and mononucleosis).

Home schooling introduced me to the underbelly of Wall Street. I went into enormous houses and sometimes to Greystone (a psychiatric institute). The absentee parents of these children were making between 50 to 100 times what I was, and I was trying to be both a teacher and father to the children.

After three years, I resigned and told my chairman I refused to be Boxer the horse from “Animal Farm.” He understood.

I now read that the rich people are coming to Naples. From reading the letters to the editor, I thought they were already all here. With the Wall Street parents already here, now some of the Wall Street students may be following.

I also read the letters from the tea party. Are the tea party members all Boxers and the rich moving to Naples the Napoleon pigs?

After the tea party members read “Atlas Shrugged,” they should then read “Animal Farm.”

— Bernie Kennedy


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