Letters to the Editor: May 3, 2011

Letter of the Day A toast

Editor, Daily News:

Give to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, and give to God that which belongs to God!

We learned with delight that the Navy SEALs found and killed Osama bin Laden. The mission was accomplished with the help of the CIA.

This news finally puts an end to the miserable presence in the world of the most wanted killer ever.

He was responsible for 9/11.

We’ll celebrate this great event by opening a bottle of Champagne and toasting the departure to hell of the most despicable killer of all time.

Yes, for once we are very happy to learn that somebody so ignoble died.

Now we can envision leaving Afghanistan and bringing our troops home. That wild country is not ready yet to become a modern nation.

Sgt. Linda L. Pierre of Immokalee, your ultimate sacrifice has not been made in vain.

If necessary, and as Navy SEALs demonstrated, we can continue undercover actions to eliminate the nest of hornets that killed so many civilians and military people.

God bless our Navy SEALs, the CIA and America.

— Anne Marie and Humbert Gressani

Naples

Coincidence?

Editor, Daily News:

At the same time of the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, it was reported by CNN that bin Laden was buried at sea.

Is there something wrong with this picture? To an already cynical public this appears, to say the least, suspicious.

At a time when the credibility of our government is being scrutinized, doesn’t it seem logical that his body should have been put on public display to objective “outside” sources?

All of the pictures of the dead war criminal cannot be a substitute for actual display of bin Laden to the public before his “burial.”

I have long since wearied of staying one step in front of the various and sundry games played by our leaders in guiding public opinion. To this observer there is obviously a larger picture being played — to which I am not privy — regarding the strategy of bin Laden’s death.

Is it not time for a more honest relationship between our leaders and the governed?

— R. Michael Hoy

Naples

‘Hard not to chuckle’

Editor, Daily News:

In this moment of gratitude to a higher power for the removal of Osama bin Laden from the Earth, it’s not hard to chuckle at the message going around the Internet that shows a waving President Barack Obama saying: “Sorry to take so long to release my birth certificate; I was too busy killing Osama bin Laden.”

When the president revealed the certificate and said it’s time to end all the silliness and get on with the important matters confronting his administration, he wasn’t joking.

— Don Dunn

Naples

Just terrible

Editor, Daily News:

The emperor in the White House is taking credit for getting Osama bin Laden.

This is the same guy who wanted to close Gitmo where all the intelligence came from to nab him, the same guy who won’t use the words “war on terror” or “at war with Islamofacists.”

2012 cannot come soon enough.

— John Katsigianopoulos

Naples

Next?

Editor, Daily News:

Hey, Moammar Gadhafi, did ya hear?

— Raymond Axberg

Naples

And now?

Editor, Daily News:

Now what do you have to say?

I wonder now if Hugh Curd still thinks of our president as "what a phony" after the decision he made that brought an end to Osama bin Laden.

Yes, he does have more important things to address than proving his citizenship and he has acted.

Let’s all give him credit when credit is due, especially after all the criticism he is given.

I will watch the future letters to the editor.

— Bill Kearney

Naples

He shows us again

Editor, Daily News:

I think we can conclude this has been a couple of sour grape years for winemakers and conservatives.

On issue after issue this president has shown he is determined, methodical, has a spine of steel and is cool as a cucumber.

He sat through that comedy routine — the Donald Trump roast at the White House correspondents dinner — knowing he was sending American Navy SEALS on a dangerous mission into a sovereign nation on a mission after Osama bin Laden, and that his political future was on the line as well.

Not a hint of discomfort as he discharged his duties. He dealt with the decision to deal with Somali pirates. Any of theses conservative posers trying to compare this president’s performance to the aborted hostage rescue attempt of Operation Eagle Claw or the Somali Withdrawal will have a mouthful of meal.

From his first day in office this president inherited the disastrous U.S. and global economic collapse, two unnecessary wars, hatred of our country and a Republican and Fox News political machine bent on his destruction, even if it brings America to its knees. He’s handled it all with aplomb, living up to his candidate star status.

He just keeps getting it right in spite of the naysayers. We are so lucky to have a brilliant, calm leader as our country is under attack from without and within.

— Michael Bartley

Fort Myers Beach

The job ahead

Editor, Daily News:

The Bali bomb: I was there.

I witnessed terrorism at point-blank range — the burning, decapitated, armless, legless bodies. The screams and fears of innocent people and the economic disaster that followed. I carried burning bodies out of the bomb site and saw things no human should have to.

Osama bin Laden’s death brings a retaliatory recognition of revenge, but it’s not over.

Until every terrorist, and even those who believe in it — like those burning the American flag after Sept. 11 — is hunted down, should we stop hunting them.

Even then, we will be left with the loss and remorse of what they did.

We cannot let them go, like we did with so many under Hitler.

We still have a lot of work to do.

It’s not over yet.

— Michael Browne

Naples

Put up or ...

Editor, Daily News:

Virtually every day a new letter appears in the Daily News, angrily demanding that “the rich” pay more taxes.

The fact that the top 20 percent of wage earners already pay roughly 80 percent of all federal income taxes makes no difference at all. That’s not enough. They must pay more, much more!

That roughly half of all Americans pay no federal income tax at all makes no difference either.

For these letter writers, it is infuriating that the greedy, selfish, skinflint rich resist paying even more than 80 percent. They actually vilify those who already pay the overwhelming bulk of taxes!

These compassionate, self-righteous letter writers need to ponder some facts. At identical income levels, self-identified conservatives contribute 30 percent more to charity than self-identified liberals. They are nearly 50 percent more likely to give blood.

How is this possible? How can it be that the poster boy for fighting liberals, Joe Biden, has, during the many years before he became vice president, annually contributed less than $1,000 of his own money to charity, despite having an income in excess of $200,000 per year, while simultaneously demanding that others pay ever more into the federal coffers?

It is evident that these compassionate liberals place no limit on how much of other peoples’ money they demand, while clutching their own purses tightly to their bosoms.

Given that conservatives already contribute far more of their income to charity than these virtuous, caring liberals, I would offer a modest suggestion. Before any future letter writers demand the rich pay even more taxes, they must swear that they contribute at least 5 percent of their own money to charity.

I suspect this would curtail the flow of letters considerably.

— Lee Levin

Naples

The people prevail

Editor, Daily News:

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget was finally answered by the people! Either the GOP was stone deaf or connivers of the worst order attempting to deceive the masses by telling them this budget is going to save Medicare and solve the debt crisis.

The people heard that health care, as they know it, along with many other vital programs needed to support a middle class would be gone. In the recent town hall meetings, the GOP had a rude awakening. The people let them know swiftly and in no uncertain terms that their budget has failed to serve them and was very obviously designed only to serve the wealthiest top 2 percent of the country.

The people proved to be smarter than thought and the Republicans will have to come up with a real plan to serve this whole country or they may find themselves to be irrelevant in the future.

— Gloria DeTomaso

Naples

Seize this opportunity

Editor, Daily News:

I am strongly in favor of St. Matthew’s House locating a facility at the Causeway Lumber site in Bonita Springs.

I believe the community will benefit greatly from St. Matthew’s efforts to help people change their lives to become productive contributors of society.

I urge Bonita officials not to yield to the fear-mongers who, despite ample evidence to the contrary, keep insisting that this will add to crime and vagrancy and will negatively impact housing values. All of the evidence and experience from East Naples indicates this is just not the case.

The need is great and, unfortunately, growing. Bonita should act to help the families, men, women, children, veterans, disabled, displaced and the infirm that St. Matthew’s House serves.

— Mark R. Pratt

Naples

Power grab gone too far

Editor, Daily News:

Quality or politics?

Gov. Rick Scott proposes to choose all new judges for the state of Florida.

I am a Florida Bar board-certified civil trial lawyer. I serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 20th Judicial Circuit. It is made up of nine people — five selected by the Florida Bar and four by the governor. We are all unpaid volunteers.

Whenever there is a vacancy in Lee, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte counties, the position is advertised for applicants. Every application is delivered to each member serving on the commission. We review every application, criminal records, credit reports and writing samples from each applicant.

We call attorneys and judges in their cases. We publicly interview each applicant for 20 minutes. This process was established by statute in 1971.

We had 31 applicants for the last judicial vacancy in Lee County. At the end of the process we sent five names for Scott to choose from. We send the best-qualified applicants to the governor. We have no political or business affiliations in common.

Scott introduced legislation to fire us effective July 1. He would appoint every commissioner for each of the 20 judicial circuits. The concern is that judgeships may be awarded to less-qualified applicants based on their political views, political affiliations or political contributions.

Placing this process solely in the hands of Scott undermines public confidence in the integrity and political independence of the judiciary.

— John Hooley

Naples

Kids in the crossfire?

Editor, Daily News:

Florida’s foster kids and others are in the firing line of harmful legislation being debated in Tallahassee.

Senate Medicaid Reform Bill (S.B. 1972) would give special legal treatment to private companies that receive taxpayer money to provide a majority of their services — such as medical, transportation and mental health — to people with disabilities. These companies are lobbying hard to get full protection of Florida’s sovereign immunity, which means anyone entrusted to their care whom they catastrophically hurt would not get fully compensated for their injuries.

Taxpayers would end up shelling out millions of dollars a year for the damage caused by these private Medicaid providers.

They claim they’re dealing with an “insurance crisis,” but our research shows that’s not true. Their real motive is to avoid scrutiny in the courts. If, as they claim, they really want to provide more services, they don’t need lower insurance rates. They can start by lowering their executives’ salaries which are as high as $300,000.

We must fight to rid the Medicaid Reform Bill of this sovereign immunity language, as well as two stand-alone bills in the House and Senate (S.B. 966/H.B. 615) calling for the same thing.

The fact is, we cannot allow our lawmakers to institute tort reform on the backs of children in state care and others with disabilities.

— Christina Spudeas

Coral Springs

Executive director,

Florida’s Children First

Still have questions

Editor, Daily News:

Re: President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Am I satisfied? Not really. Why did he hold it back for 21⁄2 years? With the continual clamor, he had to have a reason — a good reason!

Despite its aura of authenticity, could it have been obtained surreptitiously and he waited as long as possible for any surviving co-conspirators to die off?

It’s been pointed out that Hawaii allowed delayed notification of birth. There’s a space for it at the bottom of the certificate. Also, the father’s race was listed as African; the term Negro was more in use at the time.

Sort of reminds me of the oft-used phrase, “Methinks thou doth protest to much.”

Hmm.

— Vince D’Angelo

Naples

‘Truth be told’

Editor, Daily News:

Re: Lowell Wrucke’s April 25 and Erik C. Meyer’s April 28 letters to the Daily News.

Wrucke states that “if we confiscated all of the income of the ‘millionaires’ and ‘billionaires’ that President Barack Obama singled out, their income would fund the federal government for about three months.”

This misses the real issue, which is the government debt and not government funding. Truth be told, the same calculations will show that Wrucke’s confiscated income will wipe out $9.5 trillion from our debt of $14.5 trillion in merely 10 years.

It may be illuminating to note that out of our debt of $14.5 trillion, only $4.5 trillion is owed to foreigners and the remaining $10 trillion is owed to ourselves, like the poor little brother in a family owes the rich big brother. The family debt can be erased from the books without affecting the family’s wealth.

Thus, the national debt of $14.5 trillion can be reduced to merely $4.5 trillion overnight by closing the books on domestic debt without affecting the national wealth.

Contrary to Wrucke’s assertion, the problem is with revenue (who pays) and not spending.

Meyer suggests that “the government should be required to inform each taxpayer once a year what his or her share of the national debt is.”

This will be an admirable suggestion if it also informs the taxpayer that out of each dollar of his or her share, 67 cents are owed to neighbors or friends who are robbing you through tax breaks, tax loopholes, corporate welfare (subsidies) and other such gimmicks.

— Mukhtar M. Ali

Marco Island

Color me skeptical

Editor, Daily News:

The presidential election campaign has begun and, of course, the liberals can’t defend their policies so they resort to calling conservatives racists.

Tavis Smiley of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS’ “Face the Nation” have tossed out the race card. Smiley said the 2012 presidential race will be the most racially charged campaign ever and Schieffer called Donald Trump a racist for now calling for President Barack Obama’s college records to prove he had the grades to get into Harvard.

When will the liberals get it through their heads that it’s Obama’s policies that are in question, not the color of his skin. I would vote for any conservative African-American who I believed qualified was for president, but would never vote for a qualified African-American with whose policies I was not in agreement.

Let’s hope the 2012 presidential race will be about policy, not race, but don’t hold your breath.

— Diane Miranda

Naples

Now let’s see his

Editor, Daily News:

Now that President Barack Obama has released a copy of his birth certificate, it would be appropriate for Donald Trump, that paragon of family values, to release copies of his various divorce decrees to prove he is not a bigamist.

“The Donald” might also consider releasing his tax returns and/or personal financial statements to prove that he is as wealthy as he purports to be. His past record of personal and business bankruptcies hardly qualifies him as a fiscal conservative.

If Trump is the best that the Republican Party can come up with, we will see the re-election of Obama in 2012.

— Elissa Goldstein

Naples

Shower them with help

Editor, Daily News:

Our business, Mr. Shower Door, does business with a large company based out of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

We get trucks from there twice a week and we have offered to help get needed supplies to the people there who have been so badly devastated by the recent tornadoes.

Here is a list of items they have requested help in securing:

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, baby wipes, diapers, formula, diaper cream, sunscreen, shampoo/conditioner, allergy medicine, Band-Aids, first-aid cream, tweezers, hair brushes, baby food, Pedialyte, pacifiers, over-the-counter medicines, batteries (9-volt, AAA, AA and D), contact lens solution, feminine products, toilet paper, paper/plastic plates and utensils, napkins/paper towels, charcoal, water, Gatorade, nonperishable food items, air mattresses, sleeping bags, Chapstick, flashlights, dog and cat food, towels, matches, two-way radios, tents, can openers, work gloves, underwear (all sizes, both sexes), chain saws, chain saw oil, socks, Power bars, insect repellent and tarps.

Our showrooms will be collection sites for anyone wishing to donate anything that would help.

Our Naples showroom is at 13500 U.S. 41 N., across from Germain Lexus; phone: 596-3255.

Our Fort Myers store is at 14261 U.S. 41 S. next to Bonefish Grille and across the street from Scanlon Lexus; phone: 337-3667

Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you cannot get to our stores, please call and request a pickup.

My email address is bill@mrshowerdoorfl.com.

Thank you for your help.

— Bill Daubmann

Naples

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