Letters to editor for Monday, April 5, 2021

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Letters to editor for Monday, April 5, 2021 1

Questioning motive

Regarding the Tuesday, March 30, article “Pretrial release sought for man linked to DC riot,” I have a question for Christopher Worrell and his attorney. I am a nurse and empathize with his health challenges, but he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007 and needs to protect himself, especially in this pandemic.

So why is being kept in custody more dangerous for his compromised situation than traveling to and from Washington, D.C., and being shown “unmasked” spraying pepper spray, surrounded by other unmasked people?

Sounds a little hypocritical to me.

Pat Ekdahl, Fort Myers

Stop defunding our schools

Florida Senate Bill 48, sponsored by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Disguised as an Education Savings Account expansion, it really is intended as a back door to fund more private schools with more of your tax dollars.

These private schools are not required to provide the same performance information as public institutions are, and that leads to less accountability and transparency. This is not acceptable. Even if you don’t have kids in school, call Sen. Diaz at 305-364-3073 and tell him you oppose SB48. 

Leonard Guckenheimer. Englewood

A plus for community youth

An article published March 24 was centered on the construction of a new Lee County school. The school district will begin construction of a new elementary/middle school off Treeline Avenue. This new school will be a joint venture between the school district and FGCU. I am ecstatic to see this project begin, since it will add to growth and innovation in the area.

The new pre-K-8 school will be north of Daniels Parkway near FGCU’s main campus and is set to open in fall 2024. The school will focus on collaboration and critical thinking, while encouraging creativity among students and educators.

I have been a student at FGCU since 2017, and this university works to achieve a clean environment and sustainable future for all. This also means investing in the community’s youth. The new venture between the school district and the university will encourage elementary/middle school and FGCU students to be engaged in their education and more involved in community advances.

Lilli Allen, Alva

Health rules in schools ‘ridiculous’

What a year! This letter is about Collier County Public Schools and some of their teachers and in-school clinics.

My kids went through CCPS and now it’s my grandkids’ turn. I am concerned that this “new” school system is producing little hypochondriacs and germaphobes. It has been difficult on both of my grandkids, who suffer from allergies and asthma. Coughing, headaches, sore throats, rashes, etc. get them sent to the clinic whether they want to go or not. From there, it is an immediate phone call to come and get them. This has happened so many times that my grandson is threatened with retention!

What is going on here? The kids are masked, which could be a whole other letter, and still sent home. Now they are afraid if they wake up with a runny nose and automatically tell their mom they can’t go to school.

What kind of adults will this behavior create? School is their job.

Stop ruining our children with ridiculous rules. 

Pamela Pischner, Naples

A week for exploring yoga varieties

Yoga Week SWFL late this month will support individuals’ health and wellness, both mentally and physically, with opportunities to try different types of yoga, teachers, studios and businesses.

Yoga Week SWFL will offer diverse yoga classes hosted all over Southwest Florida. “Yoga” means union or yoke, and that is what certified yoga teachers are encouraging in our region. In a time when yoga is needed more than ever, local teachers, studios and business owners are supporting its many health benefits.

They will be making yoga easily accessible by hosting an event for ticket holders to attend classes that feature different styles, teachers and businesses. The yoga classes will be led by more than 20 yoga teachers. There will be more than 25 classes, such as paddleboard, vinyasa, buti, goat, beach and yin. After the week of yoga classes, attendees can celebrate at a Grand Finale event at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa on April 25.

Yoga Week SWFL ticket holders can sign up for the registered classes and guaranteed spots at the Grand Finale, which will feature more classes, guest speakers, local vendors and more surprises.


Spacing will be limited at Yoga Week SWFL due to CDC guidelines for social distancing. For more information and to buy tickets, see www.YogaWeekSWFL.com. 

Natalie Williams, Naples

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