Call for vaccination unity appreciated
I was pleasantly surprised (Wednesday, April 28) to view a video featuring prominent Republican senators and congressmen making the case for all Americans to be immunized for COVID-19.
In clear and concise language, each legislator made the case for the need for all Americans to protect themselves and others by being properly vaccinated.
In my opinion, this is one of the first efforts by Republicans, if not only effort, to do something that is good for America. They protested the presidential election and made a spectacle of themselves in doing so. It is so much better to do what is right for America. Certainly, protecting our country from this insidious disease falls in this category. I congratulate them for this first small step in the right direction.
One can only hope that these same individuals can see how the path of obstructionism and naysaying does nothing to improve life in America.
Bruce Castka, Estero
Vaccine from capitalism, not socialism
Am I the only one who finds it bizarre that liberals are still trying to cram socialism down our throats while rolling up their sleeves to get a COVID-19 vaccine created by the innovative minds at profit-motivated private corporations?
Do liberals really believe we would have had two highly effective pandemic vaccines developed in less than a year with efficacy rates of 95% without the highly competitive nature of private industry? Moderna and Pfizer are not federal agencies or public universities; they are places where capitalism is at its best and where they have a great sense of urgency, especially during times of crisis.
Are liberals still scratching their heads wondering why the best vaccines didn’t come from socialist countries? This may come as a surprise to them, but capitalism will always outperform socialism.
When the best vaccines came fastest from the private industry last December, it should have put an end to efforts by liberals to get Americans hooked on socialism, or at least slowed it down. Everyone should be thanking God every day for living in a country where the engine of innovation is still fueled by capitalism.
Ben Furleigh, Port Charlotte
‘Does Naples need another hotel?’
I just read an article pertaining to the proposed AC Marriott hotel. Supporters (quoted) in the article deemed this project logical, a better linking to downtown Naples and a benefit to ties in the area, including “the Design District” and Baker Park.
Currently, we have these hotels in the area: Bayfront Inn; Hyatt House; The Trianon Hotel; The Inn on 5th; Bellasera Resort; and Naples Bay Resort.
Furthermore, nearby there are the Red Roof Inn, Holiday Inn Express and La Quinta Inn.
All of these hotels are within walking distance to the attractions (that supporters of the proposed AC Marriott Hotel mentioned in a Naples Daily News article).
Does downtown Naples need another hotel?
There appears to be an adequate quantity of rooms available for all budgets. Let’s not forget there has been an approval for a hotel to be built on Third Street South. Therefore, I cannot endorse the proposed hotel.
If I am not mistaken, when Naples Square originally was proposed, they would promote, in phase 1 of building, a retail area on Goodlette-Frank Road. That retail area would include restaurants and potentially a Whole Foods store. Perhaps these plans should be revisited.
Debra Shipers, Naples
From coal jobs to cleaner energy
I was happily surprised to read April 21: “Union boss to US: Help coal miners find next job.”
Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, agrees with environmentalists that coal will be phased out. I support the unions in their belief that ensuring jobs for displaced miners is a crucial part of this transition.
We must try to slow down climate change by reducing the amount of carbon being put into the atmosphere by the burning of coal, gas and oil. However, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is right in saying, “You can’t leave anybody behind.”
We should not go forward on the backs of the coal miners. A plan put forward by the mine workers’ union calls for increased tax incentives for renewable energy and preference in hiring for dislocated miners, funding to plug old oil wells and clean up abandoned mines, and continued incentives to develop carbon capture and storage technology.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby advocates the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a bipartisan solution that would place a gradually rising fee on the carbon content of fuels. This will encourage industry to find solutions to the problem. All of the net revenue from the fee would be given to the American people; equal shares to adults with Social Security or taxpayer identification numbers, half-shares to minors.
Jean Prokopow, North Naples