Letters to the Editor: July 29, 2011

Letter of the Day: Hot dogs on board

Editor, Daily News:

To the driver of the black, four-door Honda Civic advertising “dog sitting” services parked at the post office on Three Oaks Parkway last week in 93-degree temperatures:

As I returned to my car that was parked next to yours I noticed your very blackened rear windows. I then heard the distinct cries of what I assumed were young dogs or puppies.

Remind me not to call you the next time I need pet care.

— Michael Perrine

Fort Myers

Doggone good idea

Editor, Daily News:

Sunday is Mutts Day, and I encourage anyone who is ready to give an animal a lifetime of love to adopt a true American original — a mixed-breed dog or cat — from their local animal shelter.

Dogs and cats of diverse heritage are every bit as loving and loyal as animals who have “papers,” but they are significantly less likely to suffer from many of the serious health problems that plague purebreds, such as crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, epilepsy and more.

Adopting a mutt from a shelter also saves a life and avoids supporting the cruel “pet” industry, which churns out litter after litter of purebred puppies and kittens while millions of equally deserving animals must be euthanized in shelters for lack of good homes.

If you must have a purebred, you can still save a life by searching Petfinder.com for specific breeds in shelters near you or adopting from a breed rescue group.

If you already have a lucky mutt, why not celebrate Mutts Day by throwing him or her a special celebration? Check out “Let’s Have a Dog Party!” by Ingrid E. Newkirk (available at www.PETAcatalog.com) for inspiration and visit www.PETA.org to learn more.

— Lindsay Pollard-Post

Norfolk, Va.

For the PETA Foundation

Blasting back

Editor, Daily News:

I was asked in a blast email from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to “weigh in” on the debt plans. What came to mind is that the problems in Washington go far beyond either party’s plan for a remedy.

I think it is reprehensible that we taxpayers pay so much for our representatives in Congress to do so little.

Our public posture is that of a Third World country run by people whose interests are primarily to get re-elected. When the best we can expect is that Social Security and Medicare (funds that rightfully belong to taxpayers, just as with any other contributory insurance policies) are being “protected,” that is a good indication that the people in charge have lost touch with reality and have abandoned any degree of creativity in dealing with the issues.

Congress got us into this mess and continues to pander to special interests with weak regulations on the financial-services industry and a lack of will to punish the people and institutions that knowingly created toxic assets, thereby perpetuating an environment for further disasters.

If you agree, please ask Congress to stand up for our country for a change and pass legislation that actually does some financial good over the long term in the way that it controls budget excesses. Then enact term limits so that no person in elective office spends more than six consecutive years in that office, and require members of Congress to be part of the same retirement and medical plans that taxpayers have.

That would be the kind of progress America deserves.

— Jim Lustenader

Bonita Springs

The check will bounce

Editor, Daily News:

What is so complicated about this? Every one of us learned early on that we had to live within our income. Why can’t our government do this? Sure, it’s a bit more complicated than our household budget, but the principle is the same.

The problem now is that Big Daddy has passed out our money in so many ways that he doesn’t know how to stop. Congress created a complicated income tax law that few of us understand but which contains so many loopholes that the big guys who do understand it can avoid paying. Our representatives formed over 40 “departments” to watch over our affairs. They spent a fortune on wars overseas and even gave stacks of money to other countries.

And then one day, lo and behold, they ran out of money.

When you give somebody something it’s a gift. When you take something from somebody it’s called robbery. Our leaders have given and promised so many gifts to us that they’ve overdone it and now that it’s time to take back some of it we heartily protest.

So what are they doing? To solve this problem they are trying to agree among themselves to write a postdated check and cash it knowing full well that it will bounce.

They call it “increasing the debt limit,” whatever that means.

Perhaps I oversimplify, but that’s the way it looks to us commoners who dare not spend more than we have.

— Carl Clark

North Naples

Less means more

Editor, Daily News:

The buzz these days among Collier County residents is about mosquitoes that have survived, in abundance, the Collier Mosquito Control District’s safety net.

This is the worst season since 1997 and 1998.

According to a recent story in the Daily News, 15 years ago the CMCD was dispensing 20 ounces of insecticide per acre. Now it’s down to one-half ounce per acre.

Thank you, regulators and environmentalists and CMCD, for allowing a once-controlled environment to morph into an out-of-control problem.

It’s a slap in the face ... the hand, the arm, the leg.

I could go on and on, but I’ll bug off.

— Bruce W. Rollinson

Naples

Where we go from here

Editor, Daily News:

Problem: Credit agencies are considering downgrading America’s credit rating because of our huge national debt and not because of our yearly deficit, which contributes to the national debt.

So the national debt is the problem and the sources of that problem are the politicians who have continuously spent more each year than our yearly national income on their pet projects and other pork-barrel items, resulting in their yearly need to borrow money.

Why is the national debt so important? Because everything the government does costs taxpayers money.

Solution: A constitutional amendment that requires Congress to reduce the national debt each year by 5 percent. This certainly would guarantee that the national debt would be reduced and there would be no more talk about downgrading America’s credit rating. Not raising the debt ceiling and a balanced budget amendment may not reduce our national debt, because when the government had a surplus in the past none of it was used to reduce the national debt.

Over the past years a growing dependency of some individuals and states on federal funds has grown the power and authority of the federal government over the rights of states and the people that our Constitution was designed to prevent.

If this continues it will destroy our democratic republic

— Ray Eifler

Bonita Springs

Hard cell

Editor, Daily News:

The tragic soap opera continues in Washington.

Each side is offering what its members say is the best compromise in order to balance the budget and raise the national debt ceiling.

Why do our elected officials make things so complicated? Why must we pass thousand-page pieces of legislation before we know what’s in the bill?

This crisis could be averted with a simple remedy. Go back to the federal budget that we had just 10 years ago and stick to it for 10 years. In 10 years, the national debt will take care of itself.

How about calling it the “Ten Cubed Plan”?

Of course we all know such a plan is too simple and will never be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

So how about a more complicated plan that might work?

I just saw the Masterpiece Theater production of “Little Dorrit,” adapted from the book written by Charles Dickens. I believe it is time to revive the concept of a debtors prison and punish those who refuse to manage our national debt. Place all those elected officials in a debtors prison until we have a balanced budget and eliminate our debt.

My guess is that within a few years America will have a balanced budget and no debt.

Of course, that creates another problem: What excuses will our elected representatives have to fight with each other?

— Barry Willoughby

Bonita Springs

‘Wholly’ cow

Editor, Daily News:

An old uncle who was a farmer in Wisconsin used the expression: “Whole amazed.”

I am “whole amazed” at the responses to my letters.

Profligate spending on the poor by the government caused the budget crisis. This was done through Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, teachers’ salaries, federal government salaries, mortgage loans, food stamps and unemployment insurance.

It was the irresponsible policies of labor unions and President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan that drove us into the recession and now prevents us from enacting a budget that serves business and corporate interests.

We can only revive the economy if we implement a tax system that reduces taxes on corporations and those earning more than a quarter-million dollars per year. We must remove all controls on the financial sector and reduce all funding for social programs or investment in education, infrastructure, research or development.

We need to sustain the U.S. trade deficit. The U.S. should reduce goods for export and transfer more of the U.S. debt to foreign investors.

Now if the above proposals do not “whole amaze” you, you are not ready for any surprises at all.

— H.H. Hermann

Naples

That clear?

Editor, Daily News:

If Martians would land in Washington and see the spectacle over the national debt, they would get the impression that President Barack Obama is asking for an ice cream cone (one scoop only, we are broke!) and the evil Republicans want to deprive him of this little pleasure.

In reality, Obama is asking for a golden Rolex and a Ferrari, which his bankrupt family cannot afford. It is sickening to hear that the Democrats and Republicans are totally oblivious to the fact, that even under proposed budget cuts, the debt of this bankrupt nation will increase by another $10 trillion over the next decade.

The Dems and Repubs should look to Europe, where nations from Britain to Greece and from Ireland to Portugal, which also lived beyond their means, have instituted austerity programs to bring the debt level under control.

There is no talk of austerity programs in Washington and money is thrown around the world as if there is no tomorrow. Talking about a national debt of $14.3 trillion is a meaningless figure, which nobody understands. The debt should be expressed in dollars per person.

When people see that each person’s share in the national debt stands $45,000 and will rise to well over $70,000 by the end of this decade, they will see the seriousness of the problem.

Each resident in this country should receive an annual statement, detailing his or her debt to the U.S. Treasury. In addition, the president, in his annual State of the Union address, must discuss this very figure rather than rambling on about plans he knows can never be fulfilled.

I had suggested this very idea to our two senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, as well as U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV.

Daily News readers are urged to request their congressmen to introduce such a law. They will likely ignore it or answer with some gobbledygook, as they do not want the public to know how serious this problem is.

— Erik Meyer

Naples

For they are many

Editor, Daily News:

Would your paper please publish a list of all Republican senators, representatives and governors who are currently running for president in 2012?

This list will likely include every individual who believes that the Detroit Lions will beat the Cleveland Browns in the next Super Bowl.

I wish to speak with them individually.

— Russ Chekirda

Bonita Springs

Have our attention

Editor, Daily News:

The world is watching:

One fool in Norway and 240 clowns in the U.S. House of Representatives.

How embarrassing!

— Herbert Krutisch

Marco Island

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