A few questions
[Tuesday’s] edition of the Marco Eagle was remarkable in that it carried three highly questionable statements.
I’ll outline them here for the reader’s consideration:
In her article “Hernstadt takes job at Fort Myers Beach,” reporter Conley states it was the City Council’s decision to have City Manager Hernstadt “leave immediately despite his offer to stay through July 7.”
Wrong. The fact is that when Hernstadt announced his resignation, Council Chairman Honig graciously asked if he wished to leave immediately or stay until July. Hernstadt chose to leave immediately and did.
Respected letter writer Lee Oldershaw implied that City Attorney Alan Gabriel was responsible for incorrect legal advice under which city manager signed the city unto a developer’s multimillion application. Wrong. City Attorney Gabriel was not at that Sept. 2 Planning Board meeting. The attending city legal advisor at that meeting was Paul Gougelman. A public correction would not be unreasonable.
My highly intelligent friend and letter writer, Maria Lamb, presented a gripping explanation of the touted Congressional “nuclear option.” However, unless the final sentence contained in her letter is just a typographical error, it demands correction. It said: “Let’s hope the Republicans will work with Democrats to get bi-partisan support for major legislation.”
Wrong. The reality is that, in rejecting Democrat party viewpoints by electing Republican majorities to govern, it becomes incumbent for the Democrats to work with Republicans; certainly not the other way around.
Of course, I myself could be wrong in assessing these statements. If so, I would appreciate being corrected via this same, valued “Letters to the Editor” feature.
Russ Colombo, Marco Island
Repeal 17th Amendment
I believe the problem with our Congress started with the adoption of the 17th Amendment changing the way senators were sent to Washington.
Prior to the 17th Amendment, senators were appointed by the legislators of the state and would vote the way the legislators wanted them to vote. The 17th Amendment elected senators by popular vote the way the House representatives are elected and that opened the system to outside influences.
The framers of our Constitution knew exactly what they were doing when they set it up that way and we should not have changed it. Think about the many unpopular laws we have that senators voted for even though the people did not want them, such as the Federal Reserve that is not federal, and Obamacare, among many.
There is a movement to repeal the 17th Amendment and all should support it.
Joe Arciere, Naples
Right to life
A letter writer recently criticized U.S.
Rep. Francis Rooney for his pro-life philosophy. She stated that the 'right to birth' is not included in the U.S. Constitution. But then she contradicts herself by stating that America promises 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' to all its citizens. On that basis, 'life' is also guaranteed to unborn children, alive at conception, whether planned or unplanned.
Mothers are one important part of the birth decision-making process. The father is another. And the unborn child is the third.
And what unborn child would agree to end his own life prematurely?
Bill Bond, Naples
Caring less about healthcare
I used to think House Speaker Paul Ryan was a really good, hometown Midwestern guy looking out for the American people.
But his comments warning his fellow Republicans that if they didn't vote for President Donald Trump’s health care bill, then they may not get re-elected, opened up my eyes.
He couldn't care less about the American people and their health care. His only concern is getting the bill passed, regardless of how flawed it is.
Ward Eldred, Naples