Letters to editor for Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

Letter writers
 |  Naples Daily News

‘Take the hammer away from him’

In November 2016, just after the election of President Trump, I wrote to your newspaper suggesting the nation had very little to celebrate with the incoming Trump administration. 

I stated we were placing a sledgehammer in the hands of a political child and we could only hope he wouldn’t inflict too much damage on our institutions and our government before we could take the hammer away from him.  

Well it’s 2020 and we have said enough is enough. I am thankful for that. However, the damage has been severe, and it will take a Herculean effort by the entire country to reverse it. 

I am concerned that when selecting our president, over 70 million people didn’t see deal breakers in: 

  • lying by the leader of the free world with almost every statement he made;
  • siding with dictators, not our own intelligence agencies;
  • separating children from their mothers at our southern border, with over 500 still not returned;
  • a dismal performance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • a willingness to disregard our Constitution and the rule of law;
  • gutting environmental and consumer protection laws.

I guess the only deal breaker to some is the idea they have been fed that their taxes might go up.

Philip Kingston, East Naples

Will Trump ‘act presidential’ now?

Dear President Trump:

I know you must be disappointed at losing the election, and I have read you have been instigating a variety of lawsuits to try to prove this election was stolen from you. However, I believe that deep in your heart, you know that is not true.

You are still the leader of this country and will remain so for a couple of months. You have two choices:

  • One is to act presidential, to show the country you truly care about the people regardless of their ethnicity, religion or gender choice, that you do not want to see violence destroy us and that you will ask everyone to show constraint and kindness to all. With this choice, you would leave office with your head held high and with many opportunities awaiting you.
  • The other choice is to spread hatred and distrust, to incite disruption and violence, demean those who have worked for you and to continue to spend money, time and effort to fight the decision of the majority of voters. Should you choose this option, your future looks very dim.

I urge you to take the high road and earn the respect of everyone regardless of their party affiliation.

Edina Lessack, Sanibel

‘Radical changes coming from left’

We have fought wars with Japan, Germany, Vietnam and Iraq. We are now faced with the biggest war the American people have ever fought, our government. Biden, Harris and the extreme far left will try to change the face of America with their radical views.

Some of their views are to open the borders, socialized health care for all, including illegal aliens, packing the Supreme Court, raising taxes to pass the Green New Deal, and defunding our law enforcement.

That is just the tip of the iceberg for radical changes coming from the left and a Biden administration. They also will secure their plans for the present and future without checks and balances from the other side. If anyone dares to oppose their radical plans, they will be told to shut up and obey. 

Being old and the window of time isn’t that long before many of us perish is the only positive thing I can think of at this point. I do feel sorry for my kids and grandkids who will have to live through all the changes in America, which will become a Third World country over time.

Daniele Emerick, Fort Myers area

‘Saviors of our precious democracy’

How ironic. The same people who were denied the right to vote for centuries — white women and black and brown U.S. citizens — are now the saviors of our precious democracy.   

It is even more amazing since Trump and the Republican Party tried every dirty trick in the book to keep these same people from voting in the 2020 presidential election. They all deserve a badge of honor and our eternal gratitude. Our young citizens should also be thanked.

Nevertheless, I will never understand how so many educated Americans could be so brainwashed by one man. Trump, maybe the greatest conman in the history of the United States, was able to do it.

Hopefully, when Biden is sworn in, they will get to see how a real American president should act and perform.   

E. L.  “Bud”   Ruff, Naples-Marco area

‘People dancing in the streets’

I am in my 93rd year and have voted in every election since I was old enough to vote. Have never seen crowds of people dancing in the streets and so much joy and happiness as I witnessed (Saturday, Nov. 7). All because someone has been removed from the office of president of the United States.

E.R. Santhin, Naples

‘Time to remove political signs’

The election ended Nov. 3; it’s time to remove all the political signs and flags so we can see your beautiful yard again. Let’s unify our United States no matter who is in the White House.

Mike Dicorpo, Sanibel

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