Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15

Marco Eagle
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We need and have a right to know

City Council members: We need and have a right to know why this continues to  happen. 

Over the last several years, the State of Florida has sent multiple letters  to the Marco Police Department reiterating its stance against Marco Police Officer Tige Thompson.

As early as 2013 assistant state attorney sent a letter to our then Police Chief Don Hunter.

Why haven't our police chiefs and their supervisors been able to resolve this issue in a period of over six years?

What other unpleasant issues are going to be brought to light?

The Willoughby report of 2017 brought to City Council’s attention these and other serious problems, but the city dismissed the report by saying it was only a few disgruntled employees.

This is one example that cannot be blamed on "because we don't have a full time city manager.”

Being the laughing stock of our surrounding communities must cease.


Virginia Bingle, Marco Island

Job well done

Just a quick note to say "outstanding job" to those responsible for the fine job done replacing the White Boulevard/Cypress Canal Bridge these last many months. The detour and the work accomplished to move along this new overpass was hardly an inconvenience when we see the result.

As I said when the new thoroughfare at the end of White Boulevard was finished, "smooth as silk!" Kudos to the engineers, planners and the construction personnel who moved right along to make this an attractive sight.

Dick Murphy, Golden Gate Estates

Is that really a felony?

I was unpleasantly surprised to see the recent report on the arrest of Mr. Warner Wolf for a felony charge of criminal mischief.

It’s hard to believe that what he supposedly did (taking letters off a sign at his condo community) could in any way be classified that way. He was a great TV sportscaster in Maryland and well respected in the Maryland community where I live.

I hadn’t heard about him in years, so this was shocking to read.

North Korea imprisoned an American tourist for taking a sign (resulting in his death). How about a fine and pay to have the sign replaced — a more just and reasonable handling of this situation.

John Galotto, Naples and  Bethesda, Md.

Vegan way to be celebrated

The third annual SWFL Veg Fest will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 a. m. to 5 p.m. at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Admission will be free.

This will be a great opportunity to experience delicious vegan food and desserts. There also will be vendors selling tea, coffee, plants, produce, clothing, jewelry and wellness products. There will be music, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, activities for children, pet adoptions and informative speakers discussing the health benefits, environmental benefits, and the ethics of veganism.

At 2 p.m., well-known vegan activist, James Aspey, who biked 3,000 miles across Australia, got tattooed for 24 hours straight, and did not speak for 365 days to raise awareness of the suffering of factory-farmed animals will be speaking at the main stage.

It will be an exciting day and a great opportunity for everyone who is interested in living a healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate lifestyle.

Lea Derence, Naples

Let's invest in training

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order to help bring Florida from 24 to number one in workforce education is exactly what our state needs.

He is urging lawmakers to invest millions in apprenticeship and other programs to develop a well-trained workforce capable of filling jobs requiring specific skills. This is great for Florida’s workforce, economy and businesses around the state looking for skilled workers.

At Associated Builders and Contractors, we welcome those who see opportunity to better themselves taking the educational challenge necessary to seek careers that will support their families for years to come.

Our ABC Institute is dedicated to providing the training for those looking for a career in the rapidly growing construction industry.  Our program offers a combination of classroom, lab and on-the-job instruction. No matter the industry, all of these hard-working students have the potential to improve their lives and communities.

We applaud the governor’s commitment. Together, we can reach the goal.

Peter Dyga, president and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter Inc.