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Jail visitation policy unacceptable

While inquiring about visitation with a friend who is imprisoned for DUI, I discovered that in 2004 the Collier County jail system discontinued “physical visits” with inmates, where you would sit across from your incarcerated loved one and share a chat behind a glass partition, and replaced that with a “video visit” system where you see your loved one on a computer screen instead. Actually seeing the inmate “in person” is no longer allowed.

As I pondered this fairly new, sinister system, I couldn’t help but question the logic behind this cruel and unusual punishing idea that loved ones not be allowed to see imprisoned family members in person. Staring into a tiny black hole on a computer screen trying to get a glimpseof the person you are visiting is just plain wrong.

I reached out to the Collier County jail and was transferred from one person after another and not one could tell me an ything about the decision t o implement this inhumane action or what led t o the decision. Three of the four people I spoke with had no idea that “physical visits” ever existed and one told me video visits are for the “safety” of the inmate and the visitor. Really? A safety issue?

Someone somewhere must have done a physiological study and came to the conclusion that by completely separating loved ones from each other while going through tough times, a desperation situation shall arise where the loved ones would pay anything just to get the chance to see each other, even if only on a crappy computer screen.

Shame on you, Collier County. Your new system is evil and unacceptable.

Ben Morrison, Marco Island

Stop the witch hunt

Stop the witch hunt. End the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. The country and President Donald Trump have been through enough.

All the president has to do is talk to Mueller under oath and truthfully answer questions about Russian interference in the election and whether he paid women to keep quiet about sex romps. Of course, he will be completely honest about these subjects and be totally exonerated.

Then he can focus on his brilliant agenda and prove his accusers to be wrong. He saves the country pain and millions of dollars and goes on to a landslide victory in 2020. So easy.

Dave McDonald, Goodland

Ask for specifics

When someone in government states that you are going to get better results to life threatening medical situations than you are currently receiving from Collier County EMS, by having your own ambulance service, you may want to ask for specifics.

For those who think increasing ad valorem property taxes and adding approximately $2,500,000 or 35 percent more yearly to the Marco Island Fire Budget to “duplicate CC-EMS” is a good idea, nothing will change your mind.

For those who think the most important function of city government is “home rule” without regard to sound inter-governmental cooperation and economics, nothing will change your mind.

For those concerned about receiving the best possible life saving assistance when needed, from the responding paramedics who then would also transport you by ambulance to the hospital, you may prefer having your emergency at the beginning of the Marco Island fire paramedic 48-hour on duty shift, than toward the end of their 48-hour shift.

If a continuous 48-hour shift for paramedics, who are responsible for responding and implementing life-saving emergency procedures and drugs, is best for the residents, visitors, taxpayers on Marco Island, one could wonder why all of the nation’s hospital emergency rooms don’t also implement similar continuous 48-hour working shifts for their paramedics and physicians.

You have the opportunity to keep the award-winning Collier County EMS ambulance service, which you will still continue to pay for via your county taxes, on Marco Island plus saving approximately $2,500,000 of additional unnecessary ad valorem taxes per year by rejecting the Marco Island Fire based ambulance service proposal on the Aug. 28 ballot.

Marvin L. Easton, Naples

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