Letters to editor for Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

Letter writers
 |  Naples Daily News

Were both elections ‘rigged’?

After winning the 2016 Republican nomination for president and prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump repeatedly put out tweets and verbal accusations that the election was going to be “rigged” by Democrats. When he won and became president, those remarks seemed to go away and he raved on how well he did. 

In 2020, he was back to alleging a “rigged” election. This time he lost and continues to say untruths and that the election was “rigged.”  

How can Trump accept victory from an election he won in 2016 if it was “rigged” and not accept the results of the 2020 election when he lost in (what has been called) the most secure election* in our history?  

No matter what the process is, if Trump does not come out the winner, he turns into a egotistical adult acting like a spoiled child having a temper tantrum. Is this the type of person who deserves to be president of the United States?

Marilyn Dano, North Naples

*Editor’s note: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. … There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” two executive committees stated online Nov. 12 for the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

State planning ‘toll roads to ruin’

In 2019, the unnecessary design and construction of hundreds of miles of toll roads, quite literally to ruin, were approved. The cost has been estimated to be upwards of $25 billion.

Construction of these roads would be cost-inefficient and damage our ecosystems. The construction of more roads does the opposite of relieving road congestion; it encourages more car drivers to get on the highway, causing even more traffic. According to reports done by Cornell Consulting, the construction would lead to more than 21 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is the opposite of what we need in our climate crisis. These roads will cause habitat fragmentation, affecting lands that are important to Florida panthers and the protection of biodiversity.

Proponents of M-CORES and the Florida Department of Transportation, with little evidence to show, push a false narrative that these roads will help resolve issues such as hurricane evacuation, road congestion, and broadband, water and sewer connectivity.

Meanwhile, the Cornell Consulting reports and the No Roads to Ruin Coalition present alternatives that would be cost-effective, not damage our environment, and actually meet many of the goals of the M-CORES program. 

Chayah Boyd, Fort Myers

Editor’s note: M-CORES stands for Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance. The program “is intended to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation and provide regional connectivity while leveraging technology, enhancing the quality of life and public safety,” according to an FDOT web page.

Democracy needs care, not hate

After four years of divorce litigation, I hated my ex-wife with a passion I had not previously thought possible. We fought about everything possible, except our daughter, to our mutual credit.  

When the fighting was finally over, with my daughter’s happiness as motivation, I kept telling myself: “We are not punished because of our anger. We are punished by our anger.”

It took a while, but I’m truly amazed when I think about how much I don’t hate my ex-wife at all anymore. We both have benefited tremendously from not hating each other. No one has benefited more than the child we have together.

Democrats and Republicans have something together too: a still fledgling democracy called America. There is no more certain way for America to end up in foster care, drop out of school, join a gang, and either die young or end up in prison than for Democrats and Republicans to continue to hate each other.

We’ve got to find a way to get over our anger for the good of the adolescent nation that has been left in our care. It will be hard. Americans have done hard things before. We can do this. We must do this.

(From a retired Lee County judge.)

Frank Mann Jr., Fort Myers

Condo towers near beach

Our commissioners must realize that One Naples would add only to the wealth of a few at the expense of the community they purport to improve.

All should be particularly offended by remarks attributed to the attorney for the developer — in essence, if you neighbors think this proposed complex is not compatible with the area, we could easily build another more detrimental to the neighborhood. One can translate this is about power and money, not community. It is really that simple.

This letter is based on reading the reported summary in the newspaper. I did not attend the recent (Collier County) Planning Commission meeting (about two condo towers proposed for near Vanderbilt Beach in North Naples — editor’s note).  

John Koepke, North Naples

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