Letters to editor for Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020

Letter writers
 |  Naples Daily News

‘Cowardice and greed,’ not service

The disrespect our current president has for our military service members and veterans was summarized very well Oct. 22 in a letter from the mother of a disabled soldier. The story of the entire Trump family, from the time they immigrated in the late 18th century, is exemplified by cowardice and greed.

His grandfather fled Germany to avoid serving in the German army in the 1890s. His father never served. The president avoided the draft with disappearing bone spurs, though he could have volunteered for a noncombat support position after graduating from college. His siblings, two sons and two daughters never served. His son-in-law never served. Why didn’t any of them volunteer?

The president paid $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017. As an Army lieutenant in the 1970s, I paid more than that. Why so many buy his lie that he cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit is laughable. He could release pages 1 and 2 of his 2015-19 federal 1040 forms now, with no effect on an audit.

Trump has wasted taxpayers’ money, but our elected officials are even more shameful; they have permitted it. We need to end this Trump fiasco.

Donald Switzer, North Naples

For residents while city develops

As a 20-year resident of Ward 4 in Fort Myers, I wholeheartedly recommend Ms. Connie Bennett-Martin to represent Ward 4 on the City Council.

Ms. Bennett-Martin has been actively engaged in city issues for the last 15 years that I have known her, fighting to keep the neighborhoods on each side of Cleveland Avenue from downtown to the Edison Mall area safe and free from what she refers to as “gut-through” roadways that divide neighborhoods to enrich special interests.

Her experiences make her the best choice to be our advocate on the City Council: a mother of three sons, management positions in local manufacturing and construction, herself a former owner of a local business, now working in the nonprofit world.

Connie also has been a volunteer for dozens of organizations and events throughout our area. If you have attended a charity concert, street art or music event, or black-tie fundraiser in Fort Myers in the last 18 years, you likely have seen Connie in action or enjoyed her backstage handiwork.

I have seen her stand up for Fort Myers residents time and again to make sure our city leaders don’t forget those of us who already live here when courting out-of-town developers. 

David Yates, Fort Myers

‘Biden is silent … vote for Trump’

Let’s stipulate President Trump talks or tweets too much — and that Biden doesn’t talk enough. 

Biden is silent on a Supreme Court candidate list, his son’s (and his?) business dealings, his policies on Supreme Court packing, Electoral College changes, Senate packing (D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood), foreign policy, guarded small campaign drive-by rallies, on AOC’s Green New Deal, on classless thumbs-down voting during Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, confused ad-libbing, among other gaffes.

His hyper-cautious basement campaign strategy, media and social networking pandering and censorship, lay-up town hall moderators, a gravitas-less giggling VP kept on a leash after the Kavanagh hearings and party activists’ one-sided rants are what makes up Biden’s campaign.

But remember what you’re getting with say-nothing Biden, besides competence questions — the All-Snarky first team of Schiff, Schumer, Waters, Nadler, Hirono, Pelosi, Warren, Harris, Markey, Sanders, Blumenthal, Booker and Menendez. 

Know what you’re getting, what has been accomplished, what you want more of and keep draining the swamp. Vote for Trump.

Brad Taylor, Naples

Safe mosquito control still his goal

Hopefully, this message might inform readers as to why I am running for the Mosquito Board.

I have been swatting mosquitoes here in Lee County since I was barely able to walk outside. I have gotten pretty good at killing those little suckers, but as an adult I learned there was a better way to do the job. It’s called the Lee County Mosquito Control (District) board. Some friends asked me to put my name on the ballot a number of years ago.

I already knew just smoking the area from an airplane with harsh and dangerous chemicals could make people sick and kill pets, in addition to killing the bothersome pests.

Later as a businessman serving on the board, I did my best to bring efficient management and a scientific approach to what was becoming the world’s premier mosquito-control organization. We have shown the world how to eliminate the critters before they even hatch in the numerous wetlands of Lee County, without damaging those ecological treasures.

Lee County has been able to grow and prosper because of the job we have been doing. But there are still a handful of those buggers that have thus far escaped, and I want to get them.

George T. “Pat” Mann, Lee County Mosquito Control District board candidate 

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