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Road charge not fair

Key Marco has always welcomed bicyclists to its 6 miles of no-traffic, rolling road (after checking in at the gate). It is now refusing entry without paying $5 each time.

After a meeting in October (before season) supposedly open to public opinion, Key Marco homeowners justified this due to the wear on their road from the bicycles! The multimillion-dollar homes on this road need $5 for their road? Who are they kidding?

Now instead of safe biking, the alternative is to ride on a busy route. The homeowners should be ashamed.

Gary and Elaine Gustavson and family, Marco Island

‘Reefer madness’ alarmist

This letter is in response to Lance McCormack’s letter in the Jan. 22 edition of the Marco Eagle.

Mr. McCormack, who claims to be a substance abuse clinician, “sounded the alarm” by alerting us to the apparent “dangers of marijuana.”

As someone who has suffered at the hands of conventional healthcare, and thrived using solely cannabis, I am not impressed with Mr. McCormack’s pop shot at cannabis. As a United States Air Force military police veteran, full-time college student and citizen of Collier County, I am appalled by the echoes of the racism fueled cannabis prohibition. Frankly, I shudder at the thought of someone with such an outdated way of thinking being in the medical field at all.

Research and data clearly shows that cannabis legalization leads to reduced numbers of opioid use and death. I can attest to this first-hand as it has helped me as well as many veterans and elderly. Cannabis is an exit drug from opioids, not a gateway drug.

Stereotyping a demographic is unbecoming of a substance abuse clinician, especially when he is wrong. If Mr. McCormack would have bothered to look at the statistics and consult the cannabis doctors within Florida’s program, he’d learn that the largest growing demographic is actually the elderly, not adolescents and young adults like he claimed.

Mr. McCormack was correct about one thing, and that is that he cannot stop the progress of cannabis legalization. He and others opposed to it are better off learning and progressing with the times than continuing to be on the wrong side of history. Thankfully, the fear-mongering “reefer madness” alarmists with this mentality are in the increasingly limited minority.

Alex Popoff, Naples

We are an island of retirees

The Wilhelm Reich, psychoanalyst, quote, “The less he understands something, the more firmly he believes in it,” seems to be true concerning the Micro CCRC being proposed for our island. This is a facility for seniors with independent living apartments, assisted living, and memory care.

We are an island of retirees and how wonderful it would be to stay in the environment we know as we age. There is opposition to this plan and most of it seems to stem from mis-information that is then promoted on yard signs and by word of mouth. This is not just assisted living. This is not oversized for a Micro CCRC. This does provide a continuum of care and serves a “strong spouse-weak spouse” scenario.

As past board chair of a CCRC and a person who worked with national continuing care organizations, I know first-hand of the value of a facility to the community at large. Not only does a facility like Watermark serve current and future residents, it serves the community by providing jobs, reducing emergency service calls, providing a safe environment for aging seniors, reducing spouse trips off-island.

Reich’s quote about understanding less and being more adamant about a decision seems to be running rampant lately. I support those who speak out and speak up on any topic. However, being informed and knowing the facts is paramount.

Mershon Niesner, Marco Island

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