Letters, Marco Eagle, March 21

Marco Eagle

Which is it?

Does President Donald Trump know Russian President Vladimir Putin? According to Trump: 1. Yes. November 2013: “I do have a relationship (with Putin), and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today.”


2. Yes. March 2014: “Putin even sent me a present” after the Miss Universe contest.

3. Yes. May 2014: “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer, and we had a tremendous success.”

4. Yes. October 2015: Trump said that he had met Putin “one time … a long time ago” and claimed that he “got along with him great.”

5. Yes. October 2015: “I think the biggest thing we have is that we were on ‘60 Minutes’ together and we had fantastic ratings.”

6. Yes. November 2015: Trump claimed he had gotten to know Putin “very well because we were both on ‘60 Minutes.’ ”

7. No. February 2016: “I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius. He said Donald Trump is a genius.”

8. No. July 2016: “I never met Putin. I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius. I said, ‘Thank you very much’ to the newspaper, and that was the end of it. I never met Putin.”

9. No. July 2016: “I have no relationship to — with him (Putin). I have no relationship with him.”

10. No. January 2017: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I have nothing to do with Russia no deals, no loans, no nothing!”

So, which is it?

Pat Molloy, Marco Island

Speak out

The recent letter titled “Family Values” was absolutely right on the mark and not just “very” true but “very, very” true.

There is a strong need from some “religious” groups to control the reproductive rights of women while ignoring the significant contribution men make.

Isn’t it more than a bit hypocritical that these same groups have no trouble overlooking the thousands upon thousands of lives that have been destroyed by the pedophilia of their priests? These family values people had no problem electing a

man who has five children from three different women.

It's time for all of us to assert our rights. Reproductive rights are guaranteed under the law. Let your elected officials know that you expect them to protect those rights regardless of their personal or private leanings. Speak out. Enough whispering.

Ro Jones, Isles of Capri

No true Republicans left

Has anyone seen a Republican? I mean a real oldtime Republican. A Republican who I served with on countless election boards for so many years, among them 14 presidential campaigns.

We were not enemies. We were working to ensure a fair and just election in our country. We had different goals, different platforms, but, as I remember, it wasn’t an armed camp. It was friendly and we shared jokes and local stories. We usually were from the same district and even shared rides to the polls.

This past election following a hard line “hate” campaign left this country bewildered. Democrats and Republicans alike were surprised at the outcome with the election of President Donald Trump.

We Democrats have lost before and as always will pick up our wares and start a new era, as have Republicans who may not have been gung ho on their party leader.

But, something strange happened. The “true” Republicans have withdrawn from the political scene and have left the country at the hands of strangers.

The anger and hatred and mistrust we were exposed to in Trump’s rantings and tweets has continued, but only two Republicans speak out. What has happened to all the others?

This election did more than elect a president. It scared away the true members of the Republican Party who are more upset with the win than the Democrats with the loss!

As always I would implore all to do your homework to know who and what you were voting for. Obviously, a great majority didn’t follow the rules and now are trying to figure out where they belong.

Irene Ketover, Naples

Thank you all

I am writing to say thank you to all the fine citizens of Greater Naples.

During the massive wildfire in the Picayune State Forest, hundreds of citizens came out to support our first responders. They donated thousands of pounds of food, water, Gatorade, etc.

So much, in fact, we were unable to accept any more donations. We ran out of storage space.

These fine young men and women risk their lives daily for our community. It was inspiring to see the support from the community.

Most of the first responders worked 20-hour shifts, for days, fighting this wildfire — under grueling, dangerous conditions. When you are out and about and you see one of our first responders (firefighters, police officers, EMS), please don’t hesitate to thank them for their service to our community. That simple thank you means so much.

I would like to thank the Department of Forestry members who worked tirelessly to contain this massive wildfire. It struck me that with all the bickering in our country lately, when it matters, the entire community came together as one.

I would like to thank the community for their patience concerning the road closures near the fire scene. It was necessary for public safety, while we fought this fire.

In closing, I would like to say how proud I am to work with such professional and courageous men and women at the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District.

On behalf of Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt, all the members and fire commissioners, thank you all for your support.

Charlie Cottiers, East Naples Greater Naples fire commissioner