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Ask Rooney to support child, mother bill

In July 2007, my youngest sister was born in Naples. Both my mom and my sister had access to high-quality health care and I was so thankful when both were able to come home safe and happy. However, this isn’t the case in other parts of the world.

According to the World Health Organization, over 5 million children and 300,000 mothers die around the world every year, most of whom could be saved from preventable deaths if they received adequate health services that we take for granted.

Now a sophomore at Harvard College, I’m proud to be a part of an organization called Partners in Health Engage. As members, we are all deeply concerned about maternal and child death and that the United States has not yet updated our legislation to prevent this suffering.

A step in solving this problem is the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.4022). This bipartisan bill would implement a detailed five-year strategy to update our partnerships with target countries and to get on track to ending preventable child and maternal death by the year 2030. This is all accomplished without increasing government spending; it is simply a more efficient reallocation of funds that increases transparency and accountability. This bill already has 206 co-sponsors but needs more support to get through.

The fact that 830 women and 17,000 children die every day from preventable and treatable causes should not be a partisan issue; we all need to be invested in this. We encourage U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney to co-sponsor this bill and make a formal commitment to ensuring the well-being of mothers and children all over the world. We urge constituents to call and voice their support as well to Rooney at 202-225-2536.

Rosie Poling, Marco Island

Get sign facts straight

I am in agreement with a small part of a recent letter. However, it neglected salient points.

Yes, Marco Island Ordinance 18-11 allows political signs in the city right of way in residential districts. What the letter purposely fails to mention is that signs may only be placed in the public right of way between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Signs must also be set back at least 10 feet from the edge of the pavement of any adjacent public street and where sidewalks are present must be set back five feet from the sidewalk.

I have observed, on numerous occasions, the signs for several candidates in the public right of way well after 6 p.m. And for those signs posted at vacant lot right of ways, who is responsible for removing them at 6 p.m.? Many of those owners do not live here or are away for several months. Finally, if we are to have rules and ordinances, we should enforce them fairly, equally and consistently. If we are not to enforce them, there is no reason whatsoever to have them.

Section 106.1435, Florida Statutes, Signs placed on the State, County or City rights of way, states: Political campaign signs may not be placed on any state, county or city rights of way. (State law has precedence over city law).

The elections are over but get your facts straight prior to the next election.

Bill Harris, Marco Island

Investigate affordable housing

Regarding an article about affordable housing and Habitat for Humanity: Are any Florida statutes being violated and/or ignored? You know, where it reads something like “avoid concentration of affordable housing in one area?” Who should investigate? The Naples Daily News?

Once again, East Naples is to accept willingly more than its share of “affordable “ housing? Why? Because four Collier County commissioners (not in my backyard) overpower one commissioner named Donna Fiala. I guess you can call it a stacked deck when it comes to this topic.

In the age of political correctness and “fairness,” how can this “one-sided” issue be resolved?

When I first moved here, there was a scandal known as “Stadium Naples.” Commissioners were involved and led out in handcuffs. I want to know how this inequitable situation continues to proceed legally.

I found a quote in article amazing. Laura DeJohn, principal planner, stated that parking in the proposed

community (Regal Acres) will be provided “in excess of the county standard” — three spaces instead of the standard two per unit. Since when does a planner tell commissioners that it is OK to disregard the county standard?

Really? Planners also state a plan to build a wall and thus make it risky for any opposition to protest for fear of a wall not being erected. What is that called? Intimidation or manipulation?

You call it. I say it is time to investigate.

Julie Cerach, Naples

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