Fight voter suppression
Many American citizen minorities, reportedly, use drop boxes to vote because they don’t have a drivers license. The best way to keep them from casting their vote is to take away the drop boxes and require a drivers license number on a mail in ballot.
Many states are quickly signing laws to get rid of drop boxes and confuse the criteria for mail in ballots. Here in Florida our governor celebrated among a crowd of “Club 45 USA” and “Fox news” attendees while he signed “SB90”. What is in SB90? It involves voting revisions involving — guess — drop boxes and driver license numbers on mail in ballots.
Other news outlets were not allowed at the signing. News outlets were not allowed at the signing? No local papers, or news channels, or in the know citizens were invited to the signing.
I’m thinking this room full of people do not seek or encourage the vote of American “minorities” because when American minorities vote, their candidate loses. We must not let voter suppression win. The only true American is the one that votes.
Jo Bordonaro, Fort Myers
A lesson in taxes and economics for a recent letter to the editor writer.
No, a tax on profit is not an “expense” of business. Profits are what is left after expenses are subtracted from income. Taxes are only paid on the profits after expenses are paid. A tax to a government that provides services that allow one to be successful in business are not, and never should be considered, a “loss.” They are what we pay for those services.
Ultimately the cost of consumer goods is based on what people are willing to pay, not on how many taxes are paid on the profits of a business. Increased expenses May result in a rise in prices, as long as people are willing to cover that rise, but once again, taxes paid are NOT expenses.
There are many excuses put forward promoting a free ride in taxes for the most wealthy, none of them standing up to scrutiny. The idea that paying taxes on profit will cause prices to rise is one of the most ridiculous.
Bonnie Jean Clancy, Fort Myers
Investigating police violence
Two major subjects which should be on the minds of those concerned about police violence in America.
The first is the status of the federal government in police investigations.
A federal grand jury has indicted four former Minneapolis police officers in connection with the death of George Floyd, alleging the officers violated Floyd’s constitutional rights.
The second is the revelations that are coming out of investigations at the state level.
A major reversal in the investigation of the Toledo case. Apparently the questionable firearm in the 13 year-old’s possession did not occur.
I think this is major as I’ve said before state and local investigators are not equipped or are complicit and should not be handling police investigations.
But what does this mean? Does this really mean that previous investigation has been unreliable? From where I sit, I would have to say yes ,and this is a great error.
Lewis Robinson, Fort Myers
Still grappling with reality
Ex-President Trump continues to push the big lie that he won the 2020 election, and that it was somehow stolen from him. Millions of his supporters have come to believe him, and on January 6 hundreds of them stormed the capitol to try to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidency.
Florida’s Republican leaders, Governor DeSantis, and Senators Scott and Rubio have never disavowed Trump’s lie.
Elections have consequences, but so do big lies. Now, based on the big lie, Florida Republicans have passed an election law that most experts say will disproportionally hurt
Democrats, especially minority voters.
How can we vote for Republicans when the leadership can’t even admit the Presidential election was fair and that Biden won? How can we vote for Republicans when they pass laws that will make it harder to vote in the name of voting integrity?
Aaron Knott, Naples
An Independent’s perspective
I will begin by saying I am a lifetime registered Independent. I have no bias toward Republicans or Democrats. I vote for who I think is the best qualified for the office. Why should I be denied a primary vote? Democrats and Republicans vote for who they think is best qualified the same as I would. My vote would also be for who I think is best qualified regardless of party. But we Independents are denied a basic right under our Constitution.
Let’s look at those parties. How do they differ, really? In my opinion
the Democrats are nice guys and we know nice guys come in last. On the other hand Republicans are opportunists. They seize every advantage. They only want to be in charge. To empower themselves. If existing laws are in the way they disregard them. Laws can be changed if they can control the legislature. That can be good or bad. Results tell the tale.
I think if more people turned Independent and were a majority our country could be a far better place.
E R Santhin, Naples