Letters to the Editor, March 12

Marco Eagle
Editorial cartoon

Who’s a socialist?

Fascinating letter from Chuck Bainbridge. He discusses socialism vs. capitalism, not understanding why there is a debate on the matter since socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried. “Quick, can you name one instance where socialism has worked, improving the lives of its citizens? (Scandinavia is not the answer; look it up.)” So, Scandinavia is not a socialist set of countries. He is correct.

Sweden for instance is a constitutional monarchy, with parliamentary democracy. They are not socialist. Yet they manage to have: Their health care, including dental care and elder care, paid by taxes. In 2016, health and medical care represented 11 percent of Sweden’s GDP. By the way, in the US it was 17.9 percent of GDP in 2017. I wonder which is better?

Last year US News and World Report published a study on the top 10 countries for raising children. Researchers looked at the following: care for human rights, family friendly, gender equality, happiness, income equality, level of safety, well-developed public-education system and well-developed health care system. Sweden rated second (Scandinavian countries were rated one through four.) The US did not make the list.

  • Higher education is free.
  • More than half their energy use comes from renewable sources. Few countries consume more energy per capita than Sweden, but Swedish carbon emissions are low.
  • Five weeks paid holiday.

The above are principles that many in our country are espousing, yet they are being called socialists. I think what we have is a semantic problem. So why don’t we all stop calling people socialists until we know what that means.

Pat Molloy, Marco Island

Trump vs. Clinton

Donald Trump won 2,649 of the 3,152 counties in the United States. Where did he lose the popular vote? Primarily in those “progressive,” broke and overtaxed counties around New York City,

Chicago and Los Angeles.

Why there? Perhaps because these areas have the highest concentration of welfare takers that Democrats cultivate and nurture.

Why did Hillary Clinton lose the election? Perhaps it was because most of America refused to accept four more years similar to the Obama administration. But there are other possibilities.

Could it have been the Benghazi fiasco, or the corrupt Clinton Foundation, or the $10 million for Chelsea’s apartment, or Travel-gate, or Trooper-gate, or the Whitewater scandal, or “pay for play,” or dealing 20 percent of U.S. uranium to Russia, or her illegal computer server, or the loss of 30,000 e-mails, or destroying her cellphones and computers, or mismanaging classified material, or lying to Congress, or subpoena violations, or the stolen presidential debate questions?

Maybe it was Bill Clinton’s assault on Jennifer Flowers, or the $800,000 Paula Jones settlement, or Monica Lewinsky, or his impeachment, or maybe the strange deaths of Vince Foster, Seth Rich and other Clinton associates, or the large sums they received after the pardon of Marc Rich, or Bill’s suspicious 2016 meeting in Phoenix with Loretta Lynch?

Yet Democrats and their accommodating media and entertainment cabal continue to bedevil Donald Trump with little or no evidence of “Russian collusion,” while two of the most corrupt politicians in American history continue to evade investigation.

The Clintons make Donald Trump look like a saint; and despite the pig-headed Democrat intransigence, every citizen is benefiting from this president’s amazingly tireless efforts.

Robert A. Strohaver, East Naples

Mail it in   

To our seasonal and yearly residents, millions of Americans live from one day to the next uncertain where their next meal will come from—a sad statistic that helps to reinforce the importance of our annual national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, to be held this year on Saturday, May 11.

Letter carriers see many of these folks along our routes each day. Our food drive can make a positive difference in the lives of those who have been dealt difficult circumstances in their life.

This year marks the 27th year of the national drive. Our work and our success will be more crucial this year as ever with all the challenges the American people have faced. The problem of hunger in this country shows little sign of going away. Since the nation’s largest single-day food drive began in 1993, letter carriers—ably assisted by untold thousands of family members, friends and other volunteers—have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of non-perishable food left by customers’ mailboxes and delivered to local food banks in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states. Locally, Collier Harvest and letter carriers will be collecting food on May 11.  You can play a major role if your leaving to go back home prior to that date please leave your food at the box for your letter carrier or you can drop it off at the Post Office. Those who wish to help in a bigger way with donations of any sort or local markets who would like to kick start the drive with a few thousands cans of food please contact Collier Harvest at 239-455-3663.

Al Micieli, President National Association of Letter Carriers