Letters to editor for Sunday, April 4, 2021

Readers write to The News-Press and Naples Daily News about immigration, COVID vaccinations,…

Letters to editor for Sunday, April 4, 2021 1
Letters to editor for Sunday, April 4, 2021 2

Diplomacy vs. migration

The border bottleneck of people fleeing turmoil and violence in their country is the result of years of penning people up on the Mexican side of the border until they exploded through it. 

Solutions include stopping people coming into Mexico by having them register in their own countries and working through diplomacy with Mexico to stop them at its border. 

Diplomacy also is needed to work with these South American countries to resolve their turmoil and crime. It won’t be easy just as we are facing our own turmoil and violence. But the blame game being played out by Congress is not productive. Let’s seek workable solutions. A collaborative-four state committee, along with members of Congress, might be a start.

Alice Mack, Fort Myers area

Surge of immigrants

America would not be facing an invasion of illegal immigrants at our border if Biden hadn’t immediately opened it up right after his election. Some of these people are positive for the coronavirus and could spread it all over our country once they are shipped to other cities. This situation could have and should have been avoided.

Carol Lieske, North Naples

‘Crisis’ at border

Well, they finally have called the border crossings a “crisis.” Someone needs to step up to the plate and admit Biden’s campaign promises led to this crisis.

Biden plans to open eight new emergency sites in the Southwest, adding 15,000 beds at a cost of $775 per child (per day, much more than at long-term facilities run by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, ABC News reported March 27 — editor).

Wow, wouldn’t that funding go a long way to help our homeless war veterans? Hard to understand why the present administration is taking major steps to reverse some of our immigration policies rather than address our problems at home, especially for our veterans. 

Dick Jones, Naples

Vaccine eludes veteran

I am an 89-year-old Korean War veteran — November 1952 through September 1953. My wife is 84. We both have health problems and have been trying to get appointments for COVID-19 shots, to no avail.

Have sat at computer many mornings for nil. Percentages now instead of numbers; I guess we are not to know how many doses were available. Spaces usually all filled in 45 minutes; March 10 all filled in 15 minutes.

I hear the VA will not give me vaccine because I do not carry their Insurance; also, spouses cannot get shots there.

We have been Florida residents for 26 years and hope for a few more years here in paradise, God willing.

Jerry Lowe, Bonita Springs

Repeat visitors, no vaccine

My husband and I are 80 and 77 and snowbirds from Michigan. This is our 12th year here on Fort Myers Beach. We stay three to four months and spend an enormous amount of money. We tried to get vaccinated, but no way if we didn’t have a permanent address here in Florida. 

Irene Sharrard, Fort Myers Beach

‘Identification is required’

The constant refrain that (advance) voter registration is voter suppression intended to limit minority voting rights is confusing and unfounded.

Some form of identification is required to obtain a driver’s license, enter many government buildings, board a plane, cash a check, apply for unemployment insurance and other government benefits, and get a COVID vaccine. Yet it is presented as discriminatory and suppressive to require some form of identification to vote. 

Mike Bossert, Fort Myers

GOP ‘fighting democracy’

I used to be a Republican Party member. I left because Republicans were no longer fiscally and environmentally conservative. But a party that suppresses the vote and obstructs legislation they once supported, this is crazy. We need a rational political party that forms a balance to legislation, not legislators who are drinking some strange Kool-Aid and fighting against our democracy.

Walter Corbin, Bonita Springs

‘Being able to vote twice?’

My son and his wife recently changed their permanent address from a suburb of “blue” Chicago to Las Vegas, where they intend to spend the majority of their time. Much to his surprise, he received a ballot from Illinois and just a few days ago a new ID card for Illinois voting in April. How about this not being able to vote twice?

Marilyn Doherty, Naples

Address climate change

I’m afraid the article “Admiral: Climate change not ‘all gloom and doom’ ’” might have underestimated the need for environmental changes now.


As the oceans warm, hurricanes and wildfires rage more frequently and with more intensity, species are eliminated and forests are destroyed. Efforts to stop and decrease these negative effects must be addressed today. Telling people we will not have the ultimate crisis for 80 years leads to inaction.

We now have answers to combat these changes and must use them today, and as more are discovered, use them too. When we know better, we must do better. No waiting.

Kathie Westman, Bonita Springs

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