'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle:' Homer Helter and his defense attorney, Donald Day, and Collier Commissioner Fred Coyle

NewsMakers: Homer Helter & Donald Day

Military memorabilia dealer Homer Helter and his defense attorney, Donald Day, and Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle are guests on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Helter and Day discuss how they overcame federal charges of illegal weapons sales at Helter’s North Naples antiques museum, and Coyle addresses what comes next for beach renourishment, oil drilling and the office of medical director for Emergency Medical Services.

Here are excerpts.

* Video highlights are posted at naplesnews.com/newsmakers

***************************************************

Donald Day, representing Homer Helter

Lytle: What is there about this case that the public doesn’t know yet that you’d like to have a chance to tell them?

Day: Well, I think this case is about a lot more than guns, and it’s kind of funny to look at what the follow-up in the last five months has been with firearms and the First Amendment. Now everything that’s going on with emails and texts, and it seems like Americans are much more willing, depending on where they fall on the issue, to give up some of their civil liberties. And I think that’s a dangerous trend.

You’re against guns. You’re fine with the Second Amendment being take care of. If you don’t like reporters or the media, you might be fine with the First Amendment being restricted. If you’re someone who believes the government is not going to do any harm and takes care of you, you don’t mind the government searching your computers illegally.

So ... but the problem is when you give an inch on one of those constitutional liberties, you see a real erosion. That’s what I think we’re seeing right now. I that the government falsely heard from the people that they have the green light to undo some of these constitutional protections and now those erosions are happening faster than we ever anticipated. And this case was a good example of that.

****************************************************

Fred Coyle

Lytle: The North Naples Fire District just doesn’t want to do ambulance service ... delivering patients to the hospital. They want to control it countywide.

Coyle: That’s my belief ...

Lytle: At the same time, isn’t it also possible that the new merger of East Naples and Golden Gate fire districts, they could be seeking that same power?

Coyle: That’s exactly right. They could be.

Lytle: And it’s up to the County Commission to decide which way it goes, or it stays as status quo. But you guys want out of the ambulance business.

Coyle: No we don’t. No we don’t. We’ve never said we want to get out of the business. What we’ve said is, if all of the fire districts were to merge, we would turn over Emergency Medical Services to that merged organization. We didn’t say that we would fragment EMS among all of those fire districts. We’ve never said that. In fact, we’ve said just the opposite. We said we’re not going to fragment them.

© 2013 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Links

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features