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Marco needs integrity, civility

Marco Island’s Chief Schettino won the popularity contest according to the lawn signs, many citizens plus, sadly, the rowdy and rude mob at the City Council meeting. 

The accountability award goes to our professional city manager David Harden who has graciously brought his training and integrity to help Marco Island work its way out of a woeful mire. ( ... caused by too much “good old boy” reasoning?)

Marco Island needs integrity and civility to be a truly safe community.

Katie Goetzmann, Marco Island

Golden Gate Golf Course

During the 15 years my husband, Mike, and I have resided at the Fairways at Par One senior citizens community, which borders the Golden Gate Golf Course, we have never taken our good fortune for granted.

We grew up in Akron, Ohio, where as TV sports announcers will tell you, they love their golf. Akron is an ordinary mid-size city but is blessed with so many public and private golf courses, including the immortal Firestone Country Club, where Arnold’s Army cheered him out of bunkers deep enough to bury him and where, tournament week, Jack Nicklaus could be seen attending a local movie theater with his wife.

I cannot resist mentioning my personal favorite, Julius Boros, perhaps because he did not appear to be particularly athletic, which added to the magic. And can anyone who witnessed Tiger winning The Masters deny that golf is the stuff dreams are made of?

As a teenager, I worked in the pro shop of my dad’s driving range, which was in a crowded working-class neighborhood but attracted golfers from all over the county. Here men, women, teenagers and children, including the locals, practiced and took lessons.

Golf is whatever you need it to be, a lifelong sport and companion for men and women to play together or separately, with children and even grandchildren.

My dad was the greens keeper at two golf courses. One was bulldozed by developers for yet another strip mall, which rewarded the area with enough crime to raise insurance rates.The second golf course, however, is still adding to the beauty and quality of life, thank God.

It is my hope the Golden Gate Golf Course will continue to be even better, to serve our community with comfort and joy. With professional management, I believe it could be the crowning jewel of the sports facilities we currently have.

Jill Drapcho, Golden Gate and Stow, Ohio

Plans for Randall Curve area?

Regarding the Fourth Street and Randall Curve area (in Golden Gate Estates), these are questions to the Collier County Commission:

1. Attorney Klatzkow stated last week, on the record, (to paraphrase) “the 47 acres is the property of the county and we can do whatever we want with it.”

Is this property not subject to the terms of the 1983 GAC Land Trust Agreement? I understand from Mr. Klatzkow that this is his legal opinion, but is this fact?

2. The recommendation was for the property to be sold for $3.5M to Metro Commercial Development Group LLC, with the proceeds going into “the appropriate account.” Please define what “the appropriate account” is.

3. If you do choose to go with the Metro offer,how many of those acres are for “a future joint-use facility” (a road and bridge maintenance facility)? Please define what this

would entail, as it sounds like another industrial-type facility. Also, when in the future?

4. Should the decision go forward to build a bus barn:

A. How many buses are we talking about?

B. Are they school buses, CAT buses, other buses?

C. What areas of Collier County would be serviced by these buses? (At one point, we were told the buses would primarily service the town of Immokalee; is this true?) 5. Should you accept the offer from Shy Wolf Sanctuary for half of the acreage, what then would happen to the remaining other half?

Nadine Eubanks, Golden Gate Estates

Democracy, oligarchy and poverty

Am I the only person who doesn’t understand, know and believe that the United States of America has gone from being a republic with democracy to a capitalistic oligarchy, which is: when a small group of people, let’s say 10 percent of a country own and control 90 percent of the wealth? I dare anyone to convince me that this statement does not describe our country to the proverbial “T” at this moment in time.

I think a little more democracy and a lot less greed would go a long way to getting America into the 21st century and doing away with poverty.

Poverty is the only vessel that the oligarchy can use to siphon the wealth in a country. With poverty, there has to be charity. In order for the oligarchy to rationalize the taking of so much of the wealth for themselves (robbing the many) is that they can “trickle down” and I do mean trickle just enough for the poor to survive. Then when the poor and the working class run out of money, just trying to survive, they feel good about themselves because they “give” back to the community they are robbing of every penny that they need just to survive.

With universal health care, free college, a home, water and food for all, everyone — not just the oligarchy — would be able to live the best life that they can.

Kathrine Drayton, Golden Gate

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