Lock him up
Cal Thomas’ Nov. 10 column trying to rehash some of Hillary Clinton’s baggage is divisive and misdirected.
The real problem we have currently is the person who hijacked the Republican Party, partly because of voting against Clinton. He is the "most intelligent" person, as he boasts, with no proof to date except what is provable: his intelligence to get draft deferments, avoid taxes and not tell the truth.
Mr. Thomas, Clinton is not without baggage and she and her campaign advisers lost the election for many reasons. But your litany of her baggage is not only misdirected, it is like one of many ways the president uses to bully his competition and others, like “Weak Gov. Bush,” “Little Hands Rubio,” “Liddle Bob Corker,” “Crooked Hillary," etc.
As the unveiling of the Russian dossier continues (you know, the hoax), more than just Russian meddling seems to be discovered by the team assembled by special counsel Robert Mueller, a fine American civil servant and also a Republican.
There appears to be something wrong with the president's relationship with Russia that he still has not put into effect the sanctions approved almost unanimously by both the Senate and House for meddling in our election process.
Mr. Thomas, in just one year you have a treasure of instances of "escaping the law" by our current president that could be more helpful than Clinton’s possible indiscretions while secretary of state.
The real "Houdini" is our current president. Lock him up.
Bob Klatt, Marco Island
Understand the why
It is obvious that Mr. Bill Harris has an opinion that disagrees with certain councilmen. I would challenge Mr. Harris's opinions:
Opinion One: "One could not be bothered to even review the material sufficiently to cast a realistic vote"
Opinion Two: "The other abstained in an 'I’ll just sit in the corner and pout' adolescent fit because his preferred candidate(s) didn’t make the final cut."
I would suggest to Mr. Harris that both councilman Bob Brown and councilman Joe Batte took an oath of office to serve their community of Marco Island, and after having sat on the City Council dais with them, I know them both to be gentlemen who take their positions on City Council seriously. They are staunch Marco Islanders and whatever they do is intended to be in the best interest of the City of Marco Island.
Both of these gentlemen always came to meetings prepared and well versed on the matters at hand. I often was in disagreement on voting matters, but took the time to understand the "WHY" of their conclusion.
One may always disagree with the way someone else votes, but attempting to demean these councilmen with false accusations which are derived from a continued personal agenda is simply wrong. Understand the WHY!
Wayne Waldack, Marco Island
Response to Butcher and Honig
Recently Tabatha Butcher (Collier County EMS) praised the quality and service given to Marco Island by Collier County EMS. She does not mention the Marco Island Fire/Rescue Department. Marco emergency personnel are certified and provide the same level of care as Collier EMS. When Marco EMS works with Collier EMS on county ambulances, they are able to give certain lifesaving drugs and transport patients to off island facilities; however, when serving on Marco Island vehicles, Marco EMS is not allowed to use these drugs or transport.
The excellent response time that Chief Butcher boasts, eight minutes travel time 90 percent of the time, is bolstered by the Marco EMS, which is frequently less than five minutes.
Why not give the City of Marco Island authority over its own emergency medical care? CONTROL AND MONEY. Marco Island gives more money to the county than it receives. The County collects $1 million in transport fees for ambulance service from Marco. If the Island controlled its own ambulances, it would collect these fees and not the county. Presently the county controls the number of ambulances and their location.
Councilor Honig wrote that our citizens deserve the best medical care. We are 20 years older and more remote than the rest of the county. He expects that by negotiating with the county manager, we can come to an agreement that would be beneficial to both parties. History does not support this. Collier County has consistently short changed the citizens of Marco Island. Appeasement does not work. It’s time for Marco City Council to submit the COPCN application so that we may control our own ambulance service.
Dr. Jerry Swiacki, Marco Island