Letters to editor for Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Letter writers
 |  Naples Daily News

‘Trump failed to protect Americans’

President Trump says China is responsible for the spread of COVID in the USA because its leaders did not tell us the grave danger it posed. If so, then he is equally responsible, since he also did not tell the American people the grave danger the virus posed when he first knew in early February. 

In fact, Trump lied to us when he said the virus was not a threat after telling Bob Woodward he knew the virus was “deadly.” Of course, Trump will never accept this logic nor personal responsibility, since he lacks both intelligence and integrity.

The first and foremost responsibility of government is to protect and defend the people. Without people being safe, all other benefits from government are at risk. The Trump administration failed to protect Americans from the coronavirus pandemic. The fact that other nations or agencies, such as China and the World Health Organization, might have contributed to this failure is irrelevant. 

The Trump administration had the responsibility to evaluate statements by outside groups and determine whether their statements were valid. The administration mistakenly accepted those statements and the American public paid the price. This truth should be acknowledged. The buck stops with the president.

Ed OKeefe, Bonita Springs

Development too fast in SW Florida?

Southwest Florida is expanding at an incredible rate. In just a short period of time, many new developments have sprung up along Corkscrew and Alico roads in Estero and South Fort Myers.

The non-monetary costs of residential and commercial development should be closely monitored. I live near areas of increasing development and think the roads were not designed for the increased capacity. The result is a decrease in the quality of life for residents along these corridors.

The wear and tear of use is occurring at a much faster rate, and Corkscrew is still a two-lane road. This is incredibly dangerous, considering the number of residents in this area and the hundreds of construction trucks using the infrastructure daily.

Panthers, alligators and bears can be seen in the communities around this area, and sightings seem to be increasing. Displacement of wildlife can result in increased exposure to humans and risks of getting hit in traffic. We must decide whether our continual development is more important than the natural environment. Water management also is a huge concern.

This situation does not have to be one side or the other. All I ask is that we plan the necessary steps to conserve wildlife and key resources before construction begins and the damage is irreversible.

Tenney Kapellusch, Estero

‘Coddle Trump’ or return to middle?

Most Republican senators continue to coddle Trump and enable his vindictive and frivolous lawsuits, with no evidence provided, because he lost the presidential election and Trump cannot accept it.

Republicans say they need to give him time to go through the “grieving process.” Losing an election cannot and should not be compared to losing a loved one. How long will Republicans allow Trump to “grieve,” and what if it takes years?

Moderate Republicans, independents and Black Americans voted against Trump, helping the Biden/Harris ticket win. However, they voted for the Republican senators who kept their seats. They voted against Trump, not the entire Republican Party.

The Republican Party needs to get back to its moderate roots, just as Democrats need to stick with their moderate roots. Republicans have to stop letting Tea Party and Trumpism drag them into the radical right mud with conspiracy theories and lies. This is no longer the party of “Honest Abe.” If Republicans can get back to the moderate middle, they will indeed win future presidential elections.

Ann Neises, Naples

To elections staff: ‘Well done!’

Congratulations to Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards and her outstanding staff for their professional handling of the election.

Thanks for adding drive-up drop boxes for voters, for coordinating all of the election poll workers during early voting and Election Day, and for your exceptional work. Well done!

This has been a marathon election, requiring new adjustments to manage voting procedures. COVID-19 impacted every aspect of the process, which meant adding two voting locations, increased vote-by-mail options, and increased safety for election workers and voters who wanted to hand-deliver ballots.

The supervisor’s website and public relations staffers Trish Robertson and Lauren O’Connor were there to assist with information.

Our election is nearly finalized in Collier, with a record tally. The votes were counted with extraordinary skill.

Janet Hoffman and Pat Plummer, co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Collier County; and Cynthia Cromwell, voter services chair

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