'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Domestic violence, taxes and Florida storytelling

Domestic violence, taxes and Florida storytelling are featured on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.

Linda Oberhaus, executive director of the Shelter for Abused Women & Children of Collier County, unveils a new community-wide task force against batterings; Neal Boortz, former syndicated radio talk show host and active author, explains why the Fair Tax is right for America, and opines on what’s wrong with America; and

Randy Wayne White, best-selling novelist and Sanibel Island outdoorsman whose new Doc Ford book is "Night Moves.’’

* Video highlights are available Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers

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Linda Oberhaus

Lytle: The shelter has assembled a task force of various officials and professions. What useful information are you getting from those who the shelter is asking to help with domestic violence?

Oberhaus: For example, a fair amount of victims are presenting at local emergency rooms. We’re working with local doctors’ offices and hospitals to provide information. We’ve created a card that will fit right in their medical jacket pocket with signs and symptoms of domestic violence, with contact information for the shelter.

Lytle: Are they required to report if they see something or are they just requested to do so?

Oberhaus: They are only required to report if it’s a juvenile or an elder victim.

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Neal Boortz

Lytle: Tell me about America. What’s wrong and what’s right?

Boortz: The principle obstacle we face right now is that over half of the eligible voters are on the dole. And all they’re going to do on Election Day is vote for the person that will take the most money away from high achievers and give it to them.

I mean, that’s our principle problem. But, this is where I have hope.

At no time during the Revolutionary War from 1776 to 1783 were the majority of colonists in favor of independence. It was always a minority. So maybe the minority, the producers, can pull this thing out again.

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Randy Wayne White

Lytle: There’s something about Florida that makes it so ripe, if you will, to be a setting for so many books, including yours. Is it the natural landscape? Is it the nutty characters? Is it just ... I mean we seem to have it all.

White: As my friend Carl Hiaasen says, "Florida is a target-rich environment,’’ and I’m not going to argue with the amazing Carl Hiaasen."

You know, when you write about two characters in Florida, you’re necessarily dealing with hopefully three very powerful characters, and oftentimes the most powerful character is Florida.

Lytle: The nature?

White: The social history. The natural history.

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