Letters to editor for Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020

Letter writers
 |  Naples Daily News

Does Trump’s character matter?

If your son had recently run for class president at his high school and lost in an election deemed entirely fair by school officials, would you be encouraging him to refuse to accept the result and instead spread baseless allegations of fraudulent voting? 

This is what I don’t understand about Trump supporters: They condone behavior in the president of the United States that they would not for one moment accept from their own children. 

On matters of policy, Trump is pretty standard conservative: low taxes for the rich, increased military spending, cuts to social programs, etc. I lean left, but I can agree to disagree with Trump on most policies.

It’s the character of the man I object to. The historian Jon Meacham lists three qualities for effective leadership: curiosity, humility and empathy; Trump has none of those. He has an authoritarian mindset; he is a wannabe dictator, a narcissist who sows fear and bigotry, turning Americans against each other to satisfy his own ego. 

His petulant silence while COVID cases skyrocket and thousands of Americans are dying speaks volumes about his lack of empathy and ineffective leadership. Yet almost half the electorate was willing to give him another four years: astounding, disturbing.

Ray Clasen, North Fort Myers

‘Speak up, Republican Party’

From one Republican to the Republican Party, a question: Why is the Republican Party so afraid of Donald Trump? Is it because he will tweet a derogatory nickname for those who cross him? 

Speak up, Republican Party. Don’t be afraid. Mr. Trump is only a real estate salesman and a once poor TV personality. He lost the race to be president. 

Republican Party, stand up for the United States of America. 

Mary Diamond, Bonita Springs

‘Unify, heal and show kindness’ now?

For four years, liberals and Democrats harassed President Trump and even ripped hats off Trump supporters, slapped them and spit in their faces. Now because a Democrat is president-elect, we are supposed to unify, heal and show kindness. Why the big change of heart?  

Linda Maloney, North Naples

Mend fences with 72 million people?

President-elect Joe Biden has called for healing and unity. I totally support that effort. However, about 72 million people in our country voted for Donald Trump, and over the last four years or so, Democrats and the mainstream media have called Trump untold number of derogatory names.

Just to name a few: traitor, Nazi, Hitler, dictator, racist, xenophobic, buffoon, incompetent. The list goes on and on and on.

In addition, Biden’s party and the mainstream media have called those 72 million who voted for Trump untold derogatory names also, such as deplorables, uneducated, racist, cult followers. The list goes on and on.

I ask Biden to explain how he plans to mend those fences. Is he willing to do something to overcome all this negativity heaped on Trump and 72 million Americans? If so, what? Healing doesn’t just happen.

Ron Wobbeking, North Naples

Democrats share American values

The recent letter that stated Kamala Harris is an endorser of communism because she spoke to equitable treatment for all was outrageous. Isn’t this a country of liberty and justice for all?

To insinuate Democrats do not support freedom, security and prosperity is also outrageous. Harry Truman was called a socialist for proposing Medicare. Roosevelt brought us Social Security. Where would millions of seniors be without these programs?

All Americans value their freedom and will never allow an authoritarian socialist or communist government to prevail. I pray all Americans will choose to show our decency again. Let’s start debating policies and put an end to the fear mongering and name calling. That has become the norm lately and needs to end. We need to be the United States, not the divided states.

Linda Mazur, Alva

A day to think about recycling

Sunday, Nov. 15, will be America Recycles Day, a time to re-evaluate our recycling habits. 

Every day, recyclable items are turned into a host of new products, including shoes, clothing, and new bottles or cans, giving “single-use” items multiple lives while keeping discarded items out of landfills.

Recycled plastics can even be turned into carpeting and furniture. Plastic items with a triangle symbol labeled 1 or 2, often stamped into the plastic and surrounded by the recycling arrows, are the most easily recycled and in most demand for making new products. Plastic bottles for water and soda drinks are examples of 100 percent recyclables, as are many other “single-use” containers.

On Nov. 15, we should celebrate the strides we have made but look to do better. The U.S. recycling rate now is 34.5 percent. We easily can get the rate to 75 percent. With that standard, we would improve the environment as if we removed 50 million cars from our roads.

For more information, see RecyclingFacts.com.

James Bowers, managing director of The Campaign for Recycling Awareness

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