Letters to the Editor: Oct. 7, 2011

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Letter of the Day: That’s better

Editor, Daily News:

In a May 2010 guest commentary, I expressed my disappointment with Collier County, the Florida Department of Transportation, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and every other agency which had a part in putting up 50 “No Parking” signs along a four-tenths-mile strip of Collier Boulevard by the new boat ramp at the Isles of Capri intersection.

In the intervening 16 months since this visual atrocity was publicized, emails have been flying in all directions asking that some of the signs be removed, but with little success until a couple of months ago.

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, along with County Manager Leo Ochs, got re-involved, and before we knew it, Gary McAlpin, coastal zone management director, authorized reducing the number of “No Parking” signs from 50 down to 23, with a stated commitment to a further reduction in a year following parking and traffic monitoring.

Progress at last!

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to these public figures for taking action on this issue.

Thanks to Fiala and the others, the approach to Marco Island, including extensive beautiful landscaping complementing Marco’s “gateway” entry point of the new Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge, is a source of pride for everyone.

Keith Dameron

Marco Island

Here’s one

Editor, Daily News:

A couple of weeks ago a writer bemoaned the scarcity of American-made products, and suggested that businesses devoted to them should open.

Good news! That place already exists.

It is Dennison-Moran Gallery, which has specialized in contemporary American clothes, fine crafts, jewelry and other one-of-a-kind handmade objects for 13 years. Customers let us know that “Made in America” is appreciated.

Formerly located on Fifth Avenue South, now we can be found in the brightly colored building at 360 12th Ave. S., Naples.

Don’t miss the pottery demonstration to be held in our courtyard this Sunday in celebration of American Craft Week. Another demo is scheduled for Oct, 15.

Yes, we know over 150 American artists who are still producing work in the U.S.A.! Come visit!

— Mary Moran

Naples

Forgetting someone?

Editor, Daily News:

I take great pride in my school, Lely High.

I am senior class president, yearbook editor, varsity cheerleading captain and Key Club editor.

As I read through the paper Thursday I notice that other than in very small print in the Prep Zone corner, Lely’s football game Friday night against Immokalee is nowhere to be mentioned.

News flash: This game is being treated like the biggest game of these players’ lives because winning this would give us a chance at the playoffs. Why isn’t that in the paper?

So we don’t have the greatest record right now, but does that mean we don’t matter?

Typical: We are outshined by Naples and Barron Collier and their Crosstown Showdown game.

Last week when Lely volleyball beat Naples twice and took home the Estero Invitational first-place trophy we merely got an article when this victory was the best achievement Lely volleyball has had in years — 16 years to be exact.

My parents and I were dumbfounded at the lack of coverage.

Also, why was it that Lely’s homecoming game was not covered by the Daily News?

We are a school in Naples; therefore I think we deserve the coverage that the other Naples high schools receive.

— Vanessa Grisko

Marco Island

It could be worse, or not

Editor, Daily News:

It could be worse.

The president, when defending his dismal record, takes refuge in the theory that it could have been much worse had he not taken the steps he did to save the economy.

Using this logic, does it not follow that had we not invaded Iraq, it could have been much worse than it is now in the Middle East? After all, we knew that Saddam Hussein had his eyes on obtaining nuclear weapons.

It was also apparent that we envisioned a united Arab League that would wield great power with their monopoly on oil. Who is to say that it would not now be much worse had we not invaded?

This then leads to the conclusion that if the economy continues to hemorrhage, it will be much worse if we don’t replace the current president.

— Victor Oakes

Naples

What it’s all about

Editor, Daily News:

Every time pro-abortion advocates attempt to defend this devastating and immoral act, they bring up the same old, tired, hackneyed arguments — about back alleys, women’s choice, privacy, etc.

However, letter-writer Bruce A. Beardsley came up with a new one when he called abortionists humanitarians and heroes! That one made me laugh out loud!

By far the most inane of their arguments are that we women have control over our bodies. If this were true, I would be as tall and slender as a model or as voluptuous as Marilyn Monroe.

Furthermore, I would make certain that my body never aged or succumbed to a disease that would mar it.

The pro-abortionists seem to think of pregnancy as merely a bodily function instead of what it really is — a miracle and gift from God.

— Diane Corcelli

Bonita Springs

A wake-up call

Editor, Daily News:

I woke early this morning, heart throbbing, with a sense of panic.

Sitting up in bed and upon fully gaining my senses, I realized our country was without positive leadership or direction and, in fact, out of control!

Never have I challenged the basic authority and direction of our leaders, although at times I did not agree with the full agenda. I felt assured that we had an overall winning game plan to maintain our position in the world community.

Understand, if you will, that currently we are minimally functional and at best in neutral. In fact, we appear to be running out of gas.

I fully appreciate that President Barack Obama came into office under what, at best, could be described as “difficult” circumstances. That being said, he knew of the challenge and accepted the corresponding responsibility. As former President Harry Truman once said: “The buck stops here.”

Unfortunately for us it turns out that Obama may have turned out to be the classic political hack with all of the appropriate words and presentation but utterly lacking in creative ideas, character and depth of talent to pull us out of the void into which we are descending. It turns out that, perhaps, “the emperor has no clothes.”

Most disturbing is that we are all continuing to mechanically participate in this excursion to nowhere. Although the current government has survived to date, we are assuming it will recover, as has been the case in the past. The worried countenance on the faces of our citizens belies this facade. This time a unique scenario may be in play.

I respectfully suggest that no one has a grasp on how we are to survive the current impasse, and we are all in a personal survival mode. We are all marching to the beat of “old school.”

“New school” is about to begin.

— R. Michael Hoy

Naples

It’s basic and it’s true

Editor, Daily News:

I recently read something startling.

The chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Walter Willett, said: “With the right food choices, physical activity and not smoking, we could prevent about 80 percent of heart disease, about 90 percent of diabetes and 70 percent of strokes.”

This information is in the October 2011 issue of Nutrition Action Health Letter, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

If this information is true, every doctor, hospital and media outlet should be telling us about it. Why is not the general public given this important information?

Our local hospitals have been advertising in local media outlets about “this is my hospital.” If all these advertisements were used to educate the people about better food and lifestyle choices, hospitals would be doing the public a valuable service.

Doctors’ offices are full of old boring magazines. If they were replaced with reading material about making better food and lifestyle changes, the doctors would become educators about how to avoid disease and sickness.

The medical system has become commercialized instead of doing all it can to help people be healthy. Pharmaceutical companies are deceptive in their advertisements. Their main objective is to sell drugs rather than help people make better food and lifestyle choices.

Purveyors of our food supply are causing bad health by processing and commercializing food that is supposed to keep us healthy. It’s hard not to become cynical.

I’ve written more about food and lifestyle choices on my blog, The Social Critic, at naplesnews,com/blogs.

— Eddie Filer

Naples Park

Why so costly?

Editor, Daily News:

There are many pros and cons regarding the cost of the Freedom Memorial at Freedom Park on Golden Gate Parkway.

Yes, I agree that building the memorial is a noble undertaking. The design is just beautiful and so meaningful.

Where I have a problem is that in a time when returning service men and women have so many needs, so many locals are struggling to just exist and businesses are barely able to keep their doors open (or have already had to close up shop), why is it necessary to spend so much money on the memorial?

I’m not suggesting that the original design or materials be forfeited. I’m just having a problem comprehending why this project has such a huge price tag.

— Gail Wilver

Naples

We are not that dumb

Editor, Daily News:

President Barack Hussein Obama asserts that secretaries, nurses, construction workers and teachers are taxed at higher rates than millionaires and billionaires.

Patently false.

This presidency keeps finding new lows to which to sink.

The truth is the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, and they pay at a higher rate. They also contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government. The 10 percent of households with the highest incomes pay more than half of all federal taxes. They pay more than 70 percent of federal income taxes.

Is that still not a “fair share”?

Are we really to believe that the president of the United States does not know this information? It’s insulting how dumb he thinks the American people are.

In Obama’s world of class warfare, the rich still don’t pay enough. He will continue to make false and misleading statements to gin up support from underinformed Democrat voters he hopes will turn out in the election for him next November.

If you want to whine about somebody else not paying enough taxes, consider the Tax Policy Center’s estimate that 46 percent of households will pay no federal income taxes this year.

It was a pleasant surprise that this random act of journalism came from the Associated Press. Not a surprise to see this article proving the president wrong buried on the bottom of Page 8B; yet, the president’s picture and class-warfare rhetoric was found on the front page.

At least the Daily News is still proud to show off its liberal bias.

— Scott Mansell

Naples

What a great start

Editor, Daily News:

As a participant in the inaugural Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday, I would like to commend the race director, Linda Gregory, and her team for staging a challenging, scenic and very enjoyable multisport event.

Gregory has been directing the successful Naples Fitness Challenge Triathlon for years and her remarkable organizational skills have once again resulted in an event that pleased this contestant and all I encountered.

The triathlon was held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, a beautiful venue on Tigertail Beach, and catering the post-race breakfast was Moe’s Southwest Grill. The venue, food, course and organization resulted in a memorable experience and I am already looking forward to next year’s event.

This will undoubtedly become one more of the area’s signature sporting events, attracting competitors, their families and friends to visit our Southwest Florida paradise.

— Mark Simpson

Bonita Springs

Trick or treat, my pretties

Editor, Daily News:

How can a government force an energy company which is unsuccessful on its own to succeed by merely lending it federal money?

Doesn’t it occur to the Department of Energy that if an unprofitable company cannot attract private investors, there is a likelihood the company would not be able to repay federal loans — ever?

Doesn’t it dawn on the DOE that when the government steps in as a primary source of money to prop up a private company, it elbows out potential private investors and commits the government to shell out more taxpayer money indefinitely?

Perhaps we are laboring under wrong assumptions and there is more at work here than merely government’s reckless disregard for taxpayer money and its incompetent and amateur meddling in business.

Maybe those in charge of disbursing millions of dollars, under a guise of helping the green movement and magically stimulating the economy, really have another agenda.

Advice: Follow the money.

Case in point:

Q: Who arranged for the Solyndra loan?

A: Steven J. Spinner, a top President Barack Obama fundraiser, who, according to ABC News, worked to “select fantastic projects” for the DOE to fund.

Q: Who is a major investor in Solyndra?

A: Top Obama “bundler,” George Kaiser.

Q: Is there a pattern here?

The Solyndra debacle is a perfect Halloween cauldron where “green” baloney and tainted pork are swirled around in a sickening stew of political payoffs and the kind of money juggling that would make only a Chicago mobster drool.

How long will Americans swallow the swill it is served by Washington?

Stay tuned.

— Bernice Richmond

Naples

Let’s back Mack

Editor, Daily News:

I watched a TV parogram where the Daily News Editorial Page/Perspective Editor Jeff Lytle interviewed Chauncey Goss, who put his self-serving interests above ours.

I am proud that U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, R-Fort Myers, has stood up for our principles and has fought the big spending programs and policies of President Barack Obama and his liberal allies in Washington.

No one in Congress has been more principled than Mack in proposing conservative policies, like the “Penny Plan,” and opposing the outrageous so-called stimulus projects of this failed White House.

We owe Mack our support, our vote and our thanks — and so does Goss.

That’s why it’s so outrageous that Goss, a man who didn’t vote or live in Southwest Florida for 11 years, would threaten a primary challenge against Mack.

Mack is the proven, solid conservative who has earned our respect and our vote. If Goss is so interested in the direction our country is headed, he could help by unseating Sen. Bill Nelson, who supports the Obama programs.

If people happen to see Goss, who just recently moved to Southwest Florida, tell him to endorse Mack and stop his outrageous behavior.

— George Miller

Cape Coral

Rx for transparency

Editor, Daily News:

Your Monday Letter of the Day contained some good advice, but also some very questionable advice.

The dietician who wrote it pointed out that vegetables and other plant foods in the diet may help protect against breast cancer. However, she went on to advocate vegetarian diets.

Not mentioned is the fact that her organization, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is an animal-rights group that promotes a vegan diet and alternatives to animal research.

It seeks to remove eggs, milk, meat and seafood from Americans’ diets. (The group currently has an anti-cheese billboard near Green Bay, Wis., showing the Grim Reaper and warning “Cheese can sack your health.” The billboard originally had the Grim Reaper wearing a Green Bay Packers “cheesehead,” but that was removed after a threat of a lawsuit.

The organization has operational and financial ties to other animal-activist groups; e.g., its president is a former president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

So take messages from Washington committees with a grain of salt, even if you’re trying to cut down on sodium.

— Jerry Ingenthron

Naples

‘Freeloaders’?

Editor, Daily News:

The federal budget for fiscal 2009 shows the government incurred a cost of $661 billion for national defense, $334 billion for health care (the major component of which is prescription drug coverage), $84 billion for transportation and $187 billion for net interest payment.

These four vital government services were worth $1.266 trillion. The same budget shows that for fiscal 2009, government collected individual income tax of $915 billion and corporation income tax of $138 billion, for a total of $1.053 trillion.

Taxes are the price we pay for the government services we receive.

In fiscal 2009, we paid $1.053 trillion for all government services, of which just the four vital services (defense, health, transportation and interest payment) were worth $1.266 trillion. This means we are not paying (and Congress is refusing to collect taxes) for more than $200 billion for just the four vital government services that we are receiving, and thereby incurring a debt of more than $200 billion per year for our children and grandchildren to bear.

The tea party’s mantra, “taxed enough already,” seems to mean only one thing: government services are free goods and we should not be taxed for them. Let our children and grandchildren pay for them.

The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is tea partyers and their sympathizers are freeloaders.

It may also be worthwhile to note that Medicare and Social Security are fully paid for by payroll taxes and from their respective trust funds.

— Mukhtar M. Ali

Marco Island

Help us keep delivering

Editor, Daily News:

The U.S. Postal Service and American freedom go hand in hand.

One of the first acts of the Continental Congress was to establish the Postal Service. The American public trusts the men and women of the Postal Service more than any other federal organization.

We are postal employees. We work and live in this community. We serve our neighbors by delivering letters, packages and medicine six days a week.

We serve our neighbors by participating in the letter carriers’ food drive. This past May we collected 293,000 pounds of food for the needy in Collier County.

Postal employees are honored to watch out for those in the communities we serve through the Carrier Alert Program. The program is a cooperative community service program to look after the well-being of elderly and disabled mail patrons. Postal employees some days are the only point of human contact for homebound patrons.

We, as letter carriers, support charities that help in our local community. Letter carriers were the first sponsors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and among MDA’s top fundraisers.

We, as postal employees, are thankful to our local businesses that use the Postal Service to keep connected to their customers. The Postal Service is key to the local economy and supports many mailing and shipping businesses.

We now need the community we serve to support us by contacting Congress and telling them to support House Resolution 1351, so we, as postal employees, can continue to deliver for our customers.

— Al Micieli Jr.

Naples

We can look it up

Editor, Daily News:

This is, by far, the greatest country in the world!

Wake up, parents!

It is time to teach your children that dedication, honesty and integrity pays.

The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.

My granddaughter, age 23, once told me: “Grandpa, I am not interested to be a mother to a 23-year-old adolescent.”

— Fred Marvin

Naples

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