Letters to the Editor, September 18

Marco Eagle

Arrest defies common sense

I heard about the arrest of Rocky Cale at the remote-control sailing lake at Mackle Park. I was incredulous that he was arrested. Then I saw his mugshot and was beside myself. Really? Is there anyone on Marco Island with any common sense, arresting a 75-year-old guy for pulling weeds out of a lake? 

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I have known Cale and his wife, Mary Lee, for many years. They have assisted with and have been running the remote-controlled regatta since its inception. They are the reason that I and 30 to 40 other people gather in Marco Island once a year. They have continued fleet racing throughout the year with local residents. I remember when there was a palm frond hut in the early days. Since then, Cale and others have joined with Marco City Council members to significantly upgrade the sailing site and lake.

Now there is a beautiful floating dock, metal roof shade structure, upgraded buoys and even a small set of spectator stands. It is truly one of the best remote-control sailing venues in the United States. I have been coming to the RC Laser Regatta in March since 2005 and have been lucky enough to win a few times. I hope this is not the end.

I hope this doesn't put a damper on Rocky and Mary Lee's energy in promoting this hobby, but I imagine that it will. And I wouldn't blame them. Can someone please show some common sense, maybe a little forgiveness?

Jim Kaighin, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas

Carbon footprint

I read Mr. Jim Rogers’ letter regarding solar energy (August 31). Mr. Rogers is highly active as an advocate for carbon-based electricity production in Southwest Florida and is on record as strongly opposed to subsidies provided to alternative energy technologies.

First, let me say that Mr. Rogers’ advocacy for investments in energy efficiency is to be admired, and an area in which we all should wish for more investment; potential scope is huge, personally and publicly.

What appears to be lacking in his subsidy calculations are the costs of carbon emissions. The permission to emit carbon gasses for free is a giant subsidy for utilities. The facts are clear; “The worst place in Florida for solar energy is better than the best place in Germany”, is an easy-to-remember aphorism. Even at that relatively elevated latitude even in mid-winter, European solar installations generate useful wattage.

How to put a price on carbon emissions? According to the US Energy Information Agency, 2016 energy-related carbon emissions nationally were 5.1 billion metric tons.  European carbon futures (a license to pollute in Europe) had a recent spot price of € 55, or about $64 per metric ton. Lacking a credible US-based carbon market, using this figure we get a value of $326 billion, or about $ 933 annually for each US resident.

I have no philosophical objection to the desire for subsidy reduction, but let’s account for all inputs and outputs beforehand.

Andrew Tyler, Marco Island

Insurance companies also to blame

Your article headlined “Why it’s taking so long to repair roofs after Irma” left out one huge reason: insurance companies. They try to get away with paying as little as possible, even when the entire roof needs to be replaced. 

Dave Fritz, Naples

Attend fire district candidate forums

Two fire district commission candidate public forums, sponsored by a broad-based civic coalition, will be held this month. 

The North Collier fire district candidate forum is Sept. 18 at the North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road. The Greater Naples fire district candidate forum is Sept. 25 at the Collier County South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway. Both forums are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The North Collier fire district has three contested seats, with nine candidates. The Greater Naples fire district has two contested seats, with four candidates. Fire district commissioner races are nonpartisan and voters will vote on candidates from their respective fire district in the Nov. 6 general election. 

There are many priority matters and issues facing the fire districts, including fire district consolidation, budgeting and taxes, mutual support agreements, response standards and protocols, and much more.

Candidates will field written questions from the sponsoring groups and the audience.

Every voter is invited to these forums to size up the candidates and decide who will serve as the future fire district leadership. There is no question that the forums will be lively and highly informative.

Jim DeLony, Naples