Letters to the Editor, May 22

Marco Eagle
Editorial cartoon

Kottkamp is a paid lobbyist

On page 33A of the March 15 edition of the Marco Eagle appears an article entitled “Offshore energy development good for Florida.” The author is Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor of Florida.

Mr. Kottkamp is currently President at Jeff Kottkamp, P.A., and I quote his LinkedIn page: “Governor Kottkamp has used his knowledge and experience in state government to help a wide range of clients successfully pursue their goals and objectives.” He is a paid lobbyist, in this case for the petroleum industry.

Let’s consider the claims he purports.

Jobs growth:  Jobs paying in excess of $100k per year for blue collar workers? That’s wonderful, except that the people with the experience in conducting such work already exist and they don’t live in Florida, but primarily they’re in Louisiana, from where they can do this job adequately.

Innovation in the energy industry: Yes, innovation continues, why just this week the Trump administration decided to permit sonic exploration on the Atlantic coast. "Possible" impact on marine life is admitted, but undetermined. For marine life this implies sitting next to a foghorn going off every ten seconds with no escape. Mammals in danger include Right Whales and dolphins. On our coast species affected would mean Manatees, dolphins and potentially game fish, among others.

Defense likes it: Bluntly, they’re told to like it. It’s really none of their concern. The US currently produces more hydrocarbon energy than it consumes, ignore these scare tactics.

What about the BP disaster? Oh, that’s not mentioned, I’d tell you why not, but my word count is up.

Andrew Tyler, Marco Island

Thank you!  

This was our biggest Marco Shell Show to date – with over 150-plus exhibits, a “shell art gift shop,” to kids’ day – you supported us in grand style!

Proceeds, from the show, help us sponsor our six educational scholarships and three grants.

We look forward to seeing all of you next year – if you are looking for a new activity here on Marco Island – come check us out!

Jae Kellogg, 2019 MISC Shell Show chair

Moss for Naples Council

I assume that most of your readers and most city voters are aware of Bill Moss' superlative accomplishments as city manager for the past decade. They have been considerable to be sure.

However, perhaps due to the passage of time, his performance in the decade preceding as the Marco Island city manager were similarly noteworthy but the memory may have faded. I served on the Marco Island Council and grappled alongside Bill as we met the challenge of putting in place the pieces of a new city. His skills across the spectrum from police and fire to utility acquisition and public works start-up were magnificently managed and remain in place today.

But aside from his experience and urban management skills, I think Bill would bring a wholesome vision to the Naples Council, where his clarity of thought, unique local experience and allegiance to the city are noteworthy. There is no better choice.

Heyward E. Boyce, Marco Island

Cohen's lies, Trump's lies

Having watched much of the public testimony of Michael Cohen during his time before the Oversight Committee in Congress, I was struck by the complete failure of any Republican on that committee to ask questions about the information regarding the president provided by Mr. Cohen.

It served no useful purpose, but every Republican on the committee seemed only to want to attack Mr. Cohen and remind the viewing public that he was a convicted liar. He admitted to that fact a number of times, even explaining his jail sentence. Rather redundant of the Republicans, I thought, and nobody explained the advantage he would derive from continued lying.

During the same week, our president spoke for two hours at the CPAC Convention. It has been documented that during that talk, he told over 60 lies (look it up). The fact that his followers cheered and shouted at each falsehood doesn't even shock me.

But there is one thing that should shock — no alarm — every American. The president of the United States, it seems, cannot be allowed to testify in person, under oath, because his lawyers fear he will perjure himself in the first 5 minutes. Our president can't or won't tell the truth. What does that mean? Let that fear penetrate for a while and ask yourself: What kind of a nation are we becoming?

Philip Kingston, East Naples