Letters to the Editor: July 13, 2011

Letter of the Day: Big difference

Editor, Daily News:

Re: The June 24 Bible quote: “Gold hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and love.” — 2 Timothy 1:7

It should read “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and love”

Even though gold is very valuable, nothing is as valuable or as enduring as the love of God.

Have a great day!

— Margo Moulton Snyder


Let it fly

Editor, Daily News:

The Betsy Ross Homepage Resource answered the following questions:

My flag touched the ground. Do I need to destroy it?


You should, of course, try to avoid having the flag touch the ground. But if it does, you should correct the situation immediately. If the flag has been dirtied, you should clean it by hand with a mild soap solution and dry it well before returning it to use.

Is it proper to wash or mend a flag?


If a flag is torn, it can be repaired, preferably by a professional or someone skilled in mending. If it is dirtied, it can be washed as stated above. If it is faded or tattered beyond repair, or dirty beyond cleaning, then it is time to replace the flag.

Any flag that is tattered on the fly end can be repaired if the stripes (cut off where the tatter begins) are still longer than the field. If you fold the flag in half and the field overlaps the frayed fly, then it is time for a new flag.

Many dry cleaners will clean your flag at no cost.

Ask your local cleaner their policy on cleaning flags.

Flags that are ready to be retired should be retired respectfully and in a proper manner. For your convenience the VFW has located flag drop off boxes at the Marco Island City Hall (in the City Hall parking lot, along Bald Eagle Drive) and in the Marco Island Veteran’s Community Memorial Park (along Park Avenue where Farmers Market has been located.)

Wayne Waldack

Marco Island

Splitting hairs

Editor, Daily News:

Bob Mulhere is splitting hairs regarding Commissioner Georgia Hiller’s June 30 meeting comments.

Hiller’s expressed reason for her vote wasn’t against Arthrex receiving economic incentives. She had asked for a continuance so that important questions could be researched and answered prior to the vote.

The continuance was denied. This left Hiller no choice but to vote no.

Mulhere said the Fee Payment Assistance Program is not an impact fee waiver. He and Hiller are both right.

The fact is, it is a waiver of payment by the applicant.

The county transfers money from the general revenue to the Impact Fee Fund. We pay the applicants’ impact fees with our tax dollars.

Hiller, and others, question if the impact fees have been calculated correctly. There is no evidence that the fees correctly acknowledge all of the required project changes and upgrades in zoning.

Mulhere takes issue with the requirement that the expansion land be owned by Arthrex. Yet, later in his commentary he argues the county would have as security a lien against the real estate. He is selective in what he tells.

Mulhere downplays the significance of Hiller’s concern for Arthrex’s not including (as required) an $85 million patent infringement verdict against Arthrex in the application. He says it isn’t a judgment even though they were adjudicated as being guilty.

Do you believe Arthrex didn’t have their best people review their application for millions in incentives?

Why then, weren’t they truthful?

What’s the ultimate cost to the taxpayer? We still don’t know!

— Duane Billington


Investment in U.S.

Editor, Daily News:

In a recent letter, Bob Shearer asserted that our “number-one problem” is government spending. He suggested that government cut spending “deep enough to show a surplus.”

Shearer and others who see our nation’s problems so simplistically propose dangerous solutions that jeopardize our economic health and put at risk our future as an elite nation.

We face a myriad of problems on many levels. One of our major economic issues is a reduced demand for goods and services; major businesses are sitting on billions of dollars rather than increasing production because of the lack of demand for their goods. Cutting government spending to the extent Shearer proposes would not only lessen demand, but will also reduce the tax revenue due to government layoffs and reduced government spending.

The specious argument that reduced taxes and reduced government spending actually increase taxes is illogical and wishful thinking.

More money in the hands of the rich and business will not find its way into the general economy due to a further reduced demand for goods and services.

But Shearer misses a broader point.

The United States is not simply an accounting sheet.

We have responsibilities to ensure our nation grows and prospers for our children.

To maintain our status as an advanced nation, we need to invest in our infrastructure, education, energy, defense and research and development.

Private capital is essential for our vibrant economy, but a complicated 21st century economy requires our government to actively invest in our future.

— Joseph Sweet


Time of decision

Editor, Daily News:

I agree completely with Shirley Rashin Swart, when she says in her July 7 letter that a “female American” should have the right to choose “when or whether to have children.”

And I assume she would agree that a female American has no right to kill the child she has delivered, because it interferes with her lifestyle — as Casey Anthony was accused of doing — or she is unable to support it, or it is deformed, to mention a few of the reasons given for not wanting the child.

The disagreement arises when the child is still attached to the body of the female American, i.e., a fetus.

Under current law, a female American may not kill (abort) a fetus during the third trimester of the pregnancy, apparently on the theory that a “viable” fetus is a human life with rights equal to those of the female American.

That is a legal restriction on the right to choose enunciated by Swart.

But there are millions of people all over the world who believe that terminating the life of a fetus at any time after conception is a mortal sin.

Obviously, Swart does not share that view, and there is no way of proving that a fetus has a soul. She is entitled to her own belief, and to act accordingly, unless the law is changed.

But the opinion of those millions is not something which should be dismissed as applying only to their own lives.

A case can be made for limiting the “right to choose” to decisions prior to the pregnancy.

Swart’s letter is an oversimplification of the problem.

— John F. Malley


Piece of justice

Editor, Daily News:

The trial of Casey Anthony is over; she was found not guilty by a jury of her peers.

Our Constitution is the basis of our justice system; it was followed to the letter. Regardless of all the passions of vengeance, of assumptions, of “gut” feelings, the system worked as it is spelled out. I’d hate to live in such an uncivilized society that would rule otherwise.

Certainly what’s called the “CSI effect” came into play here. As hard as it is to accept here, the state failed to prove guilt to beyond a reasonable doubt standard.

My question is to those who wish to change that standard is this: really? Everyone mourns the fact that a child is dead and under very questionable circumstances. That is clear. That cannot and should not be used as evidence.

I, on occasion, watched the likes of Nancy (dis) Grace’s show. This coverage was at best disgusting in its one-sided presentation. Remember, she makes her money from stirring passion, vengeance and dissatisfaction with “our” justice system. I hope she made enough money to have the egg removed from her face.

Love or hate the findings of this jury; that is our system of justice. Any other form of prosecution would be un-American. We the people cannot demand vengeance, as that is not our place.

If ever I am charged and put on trial for something I did not do; I pray justice prevails. Also, if this happens, I pray Ms. (dis) Grace doesn’t like me; as then I’m sure to be not guilty. Our justice system works, it is one of the things that separates America’s greatness from the rest of the world.

Long live American justice.

— Robert Jenkins


Bottom line values

Editor, Daily News:

Chuck Marshall’s “Taxavoider” Action Board sounds like Naomi Klein’s theory of “Shock Doctrine.”

It ends up giving a pass to perpetrators of the politely called “banking gridlock” and cracks down instead on everyday providers and recipients of life-giving government services.

How else but by taxes to spread fairly across the range of income, profit and wealth our shared responsibility for the common good and well-being of the nation? Resisting taxes by and for those who can best afford them is a way of denying connection and compassion to the full community of citizens and residents to whom we all belong — equally.

From the slogan of 1776 we have allowed its opposite to dominate: “Under-taxation with over-representation” for those who can buy all the representation they want. Not only do we endure tax breaks and tax dodges galore for those who can afford larger shares of responsibility, but also we despair of reasonable limits on campaign financing and lobbying. Our corporate-friendly Supreme Court assures that “freedom to speak” is equated to “freedom to spend.”

Meantime, state after state attacks the right and opportunity of all to vote, especially the truly overtaxed and under-represented. Wholesale application of “for-profit” standards to “non-profit” work of care and service to those youngest, oldest, sickest, poorest among us compromises our claims to be of, for and by the people.

Parsimony is not patriotism. Since when in the inspired lexicon of American democracy did bottom line replace common man — and woman?

— John and Julie Auer


Casual Sunday

Editor, Daily News:

Thank you for printing Doris Reynolds’ July 8 letter regarding the casual dress code adopted by many local churches.

She very eloquently expressed exactly how I feel about the subject. Indeed, it is all about respect, something which is eroding in American society and stems, in my opinion, from lack of self-respect.

— Tish Tucker

Bonita Springs

Baby, come home

Editor, Daily News:

My wife and I are very concerned about the attitude displayed by writer Nan Evans in her July 8 letter.

She refers to “thousands of unwanted babies who become prison fodder, or worse.”

We don’t believe there are many, if any, unwanted babies, only unwanted pregnancies. Every baby is wanted by someone, somewhere. The real problem is that we have such a difficult time getting those babies into the loving arms of parents who do want them and often have to wait many years to adopt a child.

We all began our lives at conception. The Constitution does not say differently. The only reason we have unrestricted legalized abortion throughout the land is because by the slimmest of margins: One more Supreme Court justice deemed it should be so, and that one vote carried the day.

— Ed Beck


Two wrongs.....

Editor, Daily News:

Will we ever learn?

The justification for the Obama administration’s outrageous overspending and over-regulating is that the Bush administration did it.

Seems we never learn.

— Jim Brock

North Naples

Snow job on jobs

Editor, Daily News:

The reporting on jobs continues to be atrocious.

Online this morning I read, “employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and unemployment rate rises to 9.2 percent.”

The Daily News, the same morning, page 9B, noted: “Maybe the economic slowdown really was just temporary. On Thursday, economists raised their expectations for today’s all-important jobs report ... after two encouraging signs about the job market ... and economists raised their forecast to 175,000.”

Who are the “economists” quoted in the story?

Anonymous sources perhaps.

Often the “better” numbers seem timed to be self-serving, and then are revised downward later.

If the June data isn’t bad enough, payroll data for the months of April and May were revised down by a total of 44,000.

— Stan Farnham


Checks, please

Editor, Daily News:

I am a strong believer and supporter of the “checks and balances” in our constitutional structure of local government.

However, I have never heard of this being discussed in any governmental advisory groups, civic or service clubs or related groups.

I’ll try to summarize my basic beliefs in how local governmental services should be provided for the common good in the long run.

I believe that, as far as practicable:

1. Every local governmental service that is not an integral part of another governmental service should be headed by an elected person or board.

Example: The Collier County water/sewer division should have an independently elected governing board.

2. That the authority and responsibilities for each local governmental unit should be such that no action can be taken which enables another action that is not in the best interest of the public.

Example: The governing body that levies taxes for their operations should not have the responsibility to appraise property for taxes. If so, they could artificially increase property values and thereby collect more tax money without raising the millage rate (tax rate), especially at election time.

I have been directly involved in local government and schools for over 50 years (in finance and organization analysis), and I firmly believe the “checks and balances” are by far the best long-term approach to serve the public and protect the public interests.

— Harold L. Hall

East Naples

Getting their kicks

Editor, Daily News:

In the July 8 issue of the Daily News, I enjoyed reading Robert Dimond’s listing of all President Barack Obama’s accomplishments while in office.

Dimond suggests there will be a long line of people waiting to vote for Obama in 2012.

I believe there may be a longer line of people who actually pay taxes waiting in another line.

Frankly, I think Dimond is smoking something.

I’d like to get my hands on some of it so that I can join him in enjoying our current state of affairs.

On a separate issue, as a private citizen, I’m in serious trouble if I max out my credit cards and borrow more money than I can repay.

How is that when you’re elected to Congress you think there is no limit to how much money the country can borrow?

How is it possible to indefinitely ignore the day of reckoning for programs like Medicare and Social Security?

The media prints reports of Obama playing basketball and golf.

However, Obama frequently talks about “kicking the can.”

I think he and the co-captains of his team, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, have demonstrated they are experts at the game of “kicking the can.”

— Fred Yarrington


He’s home again

Editor, Daily News:

I wish to send a heartfelt thank you to my friends and neighbors in helping me to locate my missing white male boxer with a brown patch on his side.

It is wonderful to see people at their best helping others.

I also write this in the hopes of convincing people to microchip their loved pets.

— Christina Patterson Ross


Age-old wisdom

Editor, Daily News:

There is one fundamental difference between being young and being old.

When you’re young, you think you know everything, and when you’re old, you’re sure you know everything.

I think I’m pretty sure about this.

— George Brondsema


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