Letters to the Editor, Oct. 30

Marco Eagle

Brechnitz a strong leader for Marco

My wife, Debi, and I have been Marco Island homeowners for over 20 years and are former residents of Decatur, Illinois.

Erik Brechnitz, a candidate for the Marco City Council, is also formerly of Decatur and now a resident of Marco Island. He was a member of the Decatur City Council. Due to the untimely death of the then mayor, he was selected as interim mayor. He then ran and was again selected as mayor.

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We have significant firsthand knowledge of his leadership abilities and personal qualities. Successful as a businessman, father, husband, veteran and civic leader, in my view, he deserves your vote. Here are some of my reasons:

  • Cannot be bought: He will always work to do the right thing for Marco as he sees the issues. He cannot be swayed by special interests that serve only a small segment against what is for the general good, particularly for personal gain.
  • Experience: Erik has years of private and public service. He can sort through and pick good associates to manage our city. He knows when things are running smoothly and he knows when they are not. He has the guts to make a change if needed.
  • Fortitude: He does not fear criticism or repercussions in making tough calls. In that regard, he listens but is inner-directed towards what is best for Marco.
  • Tenacious leader: Erik does not quit in his quest for leadership success in any endeavor. After a setback or two, he just keeps on going.

Marco faces some critical issues in our path forward. Brechnitz is a strong leader and a solid anchor to windward as we take that walk. I encourage your support at the polls.

Robert C. Johnston, Marco Island

Tax would fund East Collier projects

For the last 20 years, Collier County commissioners have treated the people of eastern Collier County as second-class citizens and ignored their recreation and transportation needs.

The proposed sales tax is their opportunity to tell the commissioners they will no longer be ignored. If the sales tax doesn’t pass, they can look forward to being ignored for another 20 years. 

James Moritz, Naples

Objecting to, scared of proposed hospital policy

Regarding your recent article about NCH Healthcare System considering a new policy of not letting patients see their own doctors after admission to NCH hospitals, I am hereby strongly objecting and I am scared.

If my husband and I, as older Naples residents, are admitted, and we cannot have our personal internist take care of us, that negatively overwhelms us. Our doctor, Richard Kravis, has also written to you on this. Upon reading his letter, I was prompted to support his letter, for my own interest. He has treated us over the years, knows us the best and in time of possible dire need he would be the one we would want caring for us while in the hospital.

It just doesn’t make sense. A patient's needs, comfort levels, confidence, trust and fears all come into play and, with all due respect to the many fine doctors who are affiliated inside the NCH hospital system, our primary care physician is the doctor we count on the most. That relationship has to count for something, especially in a time of need.

Please, NCH leaders and board, respectfully, we ask you to re-evaluate this matter.

Diane Davis, Naples

Tax marketing campaign misleading

Calling the proposed increase in the sales tax a “1 cent tax” makes it sound insignificant on the surface, but think about it: A 1 percent increase in a 6 percent tax is actually a 16.67 percent overall increase in your sales tax. 

While there are several very worthy spending proposals on the list, along with a few that are questionable, you have to ask yourself if you feel it’s worth a 16-plus percent increase in your taxes. If so, vote "yes," understanding that you’re voting for a very substantial increase in your taxes.

My objection is not with the tax increase, nor with the items it is supposed to address. I strongly object to the marketing claims by its proponents that the tax is only a penny, “1 cent,” in an attempt to minimize the impression of the actual cost to you.

Vote informed and please vote.

Craig Carragan, Naples