Letters to editor for Saturday, March 13, 2021

Readers write about COVID vaccinations and lax enforcement of mask mandates in stores…

Letters to editor for Saturday, March 13, 2021 1
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 |  Naples Daily News

Mask mandate not enforced in stores

It’s nice to see that the Collier County commissioners finally agreed a month or so ago to finally recognize the importance of masks. However, this apparently was a political  gesture and nothing more, since non-enforcement seems to be the rule, rather than the exception.

My favorite three violators are Home Depot, Walmart and Publix. Despite making many complaints to code enforcement, the obvious answer is nobody cares about these violations. A complaint is filed and nothing happens. No fines or punishment of any kind. I have complained to management in all three businesses and have been told “it’s not our responsibility to enforce it” or “ it’s corporate policy” or some other excuse. When is someone going to take responsibility for this?

In less than 10 minutes (Thursday) in Walmart, there were six or seven customers with no masks. It was similar in Home Depot and even in Pet Smart.

I noticed on the news (Friday) that 70% of COVID spread has been caused by people between ages 25 and 40. Guess what ages the people I saw were? I am 74 and don’t want to be put in jeopardy by these people.

Supposedly, it’s the law in Collier County. It’s time to step up, since obviously the Collier County commissioners have cleared their consciences.

Ken Kapilow, Naples

Trip to Miami for vaccine a waste 

On Sunday, March 7, I received a call from the Miami COVID scheduling office. I politely declined an appointment. A few minutes later, I received another call from the same office, so I set up an appointment for Tuesday, March 9.

I am 68 and my husband is 77, a former cancer patient. On Tuesday, we packed the car and drove from Naples to Miami-Dade Community College. We arrived well before our 1 p.m. scheduled appointment time. There was a line of cars miles long on the street, inching toward the entrance. Cars were cutting in ahead for the next hour. When we arrived at the entrance at 2 p.m., we were turned away. They ran out of vaccines.

I asked a police officer what happened, since we had a scheduled appointment. He said the college is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and that we should come on a weekend, when there is less traffic.

I took a vacation day from work for this appointment, spent $10 on tolls, used three-quarters of a tank of gas, and put (more than 200) miles on my vehicle. Why wasn’t vaccine saved for our appointment? Were they vaccinating on a first-come, first-served basis?

Maureen Sullivan, Naples

VA shots ‘very organized and efficient’ 

I am 91 and a Korean veteran. I have read so many letters about veterans having trouble getting registered at the VA. I went for my annual checkup in early February and stopped at the COVID desk there to check that I was registered. The lady said I was registered automatically because I used the VA and they would call me. 

About two weeks later, I received a phone call giving me the time and date for my shot.  I called a friend, a Vietnam veteran, age 76, to tell him, and he said he also had received a call. Luckily, we had the same times. He said he would pick me up to drive up together.

We didn’t know what to expect — parking, long lines or what. We pulled into the area and stopped, and a lady came out and asked if she could help us. We told her we were there for a 2:30 appointment. She said to pull around and go into space 8. We did and a very nice young lady came out and took our temperatures and checked our IDs and asked a lot of travel questions. 

She went back to her station and got a needle and came back and  gave the driver his shot. Then she went and got another needle and came back and gave me my shot. She said sit there for15 minutes. When the time was up, she came out with our vaccination cards and an appointment time and date for our second shots. In less than 30 minutes, we were on our way home. Very organized and efficient.

William O. Smith, Fort Myers area

Vote-by-mail ‘fixes’ or suppression?

If you have been reading or hearing about our governor and the Legislature, you know one priority is to “fix” the Florida vote-by-mail system.  

The proposed legislation (SB 90) would make getting vote-by-mail ballots inconvenient, and drop-off boxes for ballots would be eliminated, even at the Supervisor of Elections Office! This is ridiculous and just plain wrong.

I have been dropping off ballots at the Supervisor of Elections Office for several years.  Dropping off gives me peace of mind that my vote has been received at the Elections Office and not dependent on the U. S. Postal Service.


I am physically able to go to the polls to vote, but I am concerned about all the people who can’t get around as easily as I can. This proposed legislation is clearly an effort to limit voting. It will affect Republicans, Democrats and independents, especially elderly and disabled people. It is shameful. 

Marilyn Graham, Fort Myers area

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