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Goodland just isn’t the same

I’m writing to you about the cover story of the Oct. 12 Marco Eagle about a house moving in Goodland.

I found the article a bit disturbing and somewhat inaccurate about the people portrayed in this article. It mentions how Goodland is a place where people are allowed to do their own thing and be colorful characters. If that is the case, why do some neighbors call code enforcement on their neighbors, namely the person moving the house? I also find it a great achievement that the person who did all of this moving that took such strength has been living on disability. He also said he can’t pick his neighbors, but he surely did by moving his house to that location where those neighbors have been for over 30 years.

I have been visiting Goodland since the 1960s when my grandparents — then my mother and now my sister — moved there, It has changed a lot and I’m not sure all for the better, especially when we have new people coming in who only wish to change it and not be kind to their neighbors.

In this time of great turmoil in this country, it would be nice to know that we all still can live in a place that used to be like Goodland and treat each other fairly with respect and kindness.

Sharon D’Andrea, Wilmington, N.C.

Those without sin …

I read in total disgust the article [by] your reporter Devan Patel published on Nov. 2. I would like to make several points that Mr. Patel failed to bring forward in his article.

Officer Haueter three and a half years ago, as most first responders do, worked 12-hour shifts. All first responders by law are entitled to time for breaks during their shift, during that time they are entitled to make personal phone calls, take bathroom breaks etc., the article doesn’t show any timeline or evidence that any of the texts were or were not sent during his time off.

What right do you have to publish private conversation between two consenting adults?

The article itself is full of innuendo, the reference in the article to a death case has nothing to do with the story, it clearly shows the author’s bias as he is trying to portray the officer in a bad light.

A credible newspaper must require fair and complete recitation of facts (that is reporting) and not innuendo or half a story under the guise of “reporting.”

The people of Marco Island deserve honest reporting and full disclosure from our local papers to earn and keep our trust and remain relevant. As a citizen of Marco for the last 22 years, that has supported the Eagle newspaper for all these years, I ask you to stop the politics of destruction that is prevailing these days in our beautiful and peaceful Island.

Joe Granda, Marco Island

Deliveries better than driving

Regarding the item at the Collier County Commission meeting recently addressing medical marijuana: A lot of things were said that day, and some weren’t very nice, but after analyzing what the speakers said, it boiled down to they didn’t want to drive 1.5 hours to go to a dispensary in Lee County.

No one ever tried to stop their use. No one ever denied them access, but as one person pointed out to me afterward, they were looking for convenience and access.

In front of the commissioners on our screen was a list of dispensaries, some would deliver and some would even deliver free of charge. I’ll tell you, after hearing a speaker named Jeffrey, I would pick it up and deliver it to him myself. What a nice man and in need! But, we could see all could receive deliveries free of charge right to their home and all anyone had to do was call in their order.

If I were sick, I’d prefer my medicine delivered right to my door than drive anyplace. Please contact the county for the names and phone numbers of the dispensaries that deliver free of charge.

Donna Fiala, East Naples Collier County commissioner

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