Letters to editor for Saturday, April 3, 2021

Readers write about voting by mail, immigration, “industrial farming” and big challenges in…

Letters to editor for Saturday, April 3, 2021 1
Letters to editor for Saturday, April 3, 2021 2

Became more informed in voting by mail

Courts have determined over and over that there was no fraud in the 2020 election. Yet, as a result of disinformation about fraud in the election, many states are changing rules on how residents can vote. Although framed as election security, the side effect is limiting voting options.

I have heard Florida is considering restricting vote-by-mail ballots. I implore our state legislators to not take away the vote-by-mail option. It is not only convenient and safe, it also can create more informed voters.

I have voted in every general election since I was 21. I must admit that in most elections, I was an uninformed voter on all but the top candidates and referendum issues. I often knew nothing about the judges, school board or mosquito control candidates. But in 2020, I requested a mail-in absentee ballot and spent a few hours researching each candidate with Google searches. I marked my ballot with more informed choices of candidates I considered best qualified for the offices.

Although as a registered independent, I am disenfranchised from voting in most primary elections. I consider the right to vote a fundamental privilege of living in a country that honors democracy according to our Constitution.

Linda Lindquist, North Fort Myers

Two ballots, or was one an application?

A writer stated (in a letter published Thursday) that two friends received two ballots each in the mail. Were they two ballots and not two ballot applications? Or one ballot and one application? Some people get confused about applications to vote.

Did the writer actually see both ballots or a photo of them? This is how misinformation spreads.

If it was a problem, they need to go to their board of elections.

Kayra Smith, Bonita Springs

‘Industrial farming’ more than nuisance

In a commentary published Friday, April 2, the writers were pushing legislation that would stop “nuisance “ lawsuits. Implying poor farmers were being treated unfairly.

The real problem isn’t “nuisance” lawsuits. The real problem is industrial farming. The stench from huge pig farms reaches miles. The runoff water pollution is always a huge problem. Imagine all the manure they create, and the animals are suffering.

Huge poultry farms and cattle farms are despicable. It is no wonder people living anywhere near them are suing. What are their rights?

(Editor’s note: The Friday guest column in The News-Press was written by state Agriculture Commissioners Steve Troxler of North Carolina and Mike Strain of Louisiana.)

Linda Peterson, Fort Myers area

Big challenges call for bold solutions

As the U.S. president, Joe Biden has at his disposal the vast resources of our nation, the wealthiest and most powerful  country in the world and, arguably, the richest  in recorded history. But we are confronted by daunting problems that put our strengths to the test.

Global climate change, anemic economic growth, massive unemployment, immigration demands, a deteriorating infrastructure, challenges to voting rights and access to the polls and, of course, the lethal threat of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

In the past, our nation has rallied, with the right leadership, to overcome existential threats such as the Depression, the emergence of a Nazi despot bent on world domination, and the terror of nuclear destruction from the Soviet Union.

We helped Europe recover from the  devastation of World War II. We landed men on the moon. We conquered the scourge of polio. All of these accomplishments required creativity, ingenuity, extensive resources, a sense of urgency and a willingness to pull together as a nation. A tepid response or half-steps would not have won these battles.

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is big and bold and calls for corporate America and the well-to-do to shoulder the increased tax burden to meet the challenges ahead.

Robert P. Sanchez, North Naples

U.N. should look at migrants’ homelands

​​​​​​I have a newspaper picture of a father with his toddler daughter still clinging to him, both drowned and washed up on the bank of the river on our southern border. (On Wednesday) I saw on the news two adults dropping two toddlers over a 14-foot wall, with no visible help on the other side. The adults left them there and went back into the interior. Miraculously, the two children looked as if they got up, but they could have been terribly injured, if not killed. Officials rescued them. 

How can adults put children in such perils? What causes such desperation? 


Politicos blame the U.S., but they should be blaming the enormous lack of humane leadership in these disenfranchised people’s countries of origin. The U.N. should investigate every country where people are willing to put their children in such perilous circumstances. These children should be safe in their homes, being educated and being valued. If so, perhaps cartels won’t have so many young recruits. 

Carolyn Varno, Naples

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