Letters to editor for Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021

Readers write about COVID-19 vaccinations and other issues in letters to the Fort…

Letters to editor for Sunday, Feb
Letters to editor for Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 1

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‘Veterans not prioritized’

Are vets being pushed to to the end of the line?

I have been frustrated trying to get a COVID vaccine appointment. I am a veteran who developed cancer from my tenure with the Marines during the Vietnam War era. The VA in Cape Coral told me I am on the waiting list, but they have no vaccine. They told me that the Veterans Administration is on an allocation schedule different from the general population.  

Why are veterans not prioritized? I am 77 years old and have heart disease. I am not writing this editorial just for myself, but on behalf of all veterans who have served our country during times of war. We need help too.

Robert E. Szymanski, Fort Myers

Apply once for vaccine

Trying to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine at Publix is impossible. If you should be lucky enough to get the notice to sign up for an appointment, you must each time enter all of your information again, only to have the availability disappear.

I would suggest the system be changed. All eligible people should be able to complete the application one time. Then Publix should contact you in the order your application was received when the vaccine becomes available.

Paul Lochner, Fort Myers

Czar with ‘terrorist army’

Letting Trump off the hook for the crime of inciting insurrection is the most blatant, self-serving act the Republican Party has ever committed.

Now the whole world knows, without a doubt, Trump owns the Republican Party. It is now a criminal enterprise from top to bottom, with a vicious czar as its leader. And he’s backed by his own, private, terrorist army.

Edward McGloin, St. James City

A warning about fascism

Fascists believe in hyper-nationalism, militarism, male superiority, racial purity and privilege, glorification of violence, cultish fervor, authoritarian rule, the press is the enemy of the people, and purging the disloyal.

The rabble who tried to destroy our democracy and take over our country Jan. 6 used violence, claimed nationalism and sought authoritarian rule. They did not succeed — this time!

Tom Grier, Cape Coral

Service with courtesy

Kudos to a Waste Management driver the morning of Feb. 12. As he was rolling past my house, he spotted me in my garage, breaking down boxes for recycling. He stopped and backed up to afford me the opportunity to roll my container to the street. How’s that for courtesy and consideration?

C.H. Carlton, Bonita Springs

Release reserved shots

As reported (last) week, vaccine injections (first shots) throughout Florida were canceled or rescheduled due to delayed delivery of the vaccine.

Florida has in excess of 1 million doses being held in a warehouse to ensure second doses can be given. It seems to me an easy decision to release temporarily some of these sequestered doses to continue the vaccinations rather than cancel a week’s progress. This may be the highest-priority project that this state government has ever handled.   

William Cannon, East Naples

Fossil fuels: a wider view

The headline “Study links fossil fuels, early deaths” was sensationalism run amok. Even accepting that “fossil fuels could be blamed for 8.7 million premature deaths in 2018,” there is no hint of the billions whose lives have been made immeasurably better through fossil fuels. It’s all about the deaths.

Yet, without fossil fuels, there would be no planes, trains or automobiles. The Industrial Revolution would have been still-born. And what type of fuel put those GPS satellites in orbit?

Few advances are wholly good or bad. 

Andrew Terhune, East Naples

‘Remember this month’

Sens. Scott and Rubio, remember February 2021 as the month you two sycophants chose to support and pander to an unstable demagogue rather than defend the American people and the future of our nation. Remember this month because we will.

Ted Barto, East Naples

Masks at the market

We love our Naples Third Street Saturday Market. However, as the crowds have dramatically increased this winter, we are increasingly alarmed at the significant and growing numbers of strolling patrons who blatantly disregard the Naples and Collier mask requirements:

“That consistent with CDC guidelines, all persons are required to wear face coverings when…attending public outdoor events when it is not possible to maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet from other persons attending the same event.”

It is dangerous behavior and disrespectful to your neighbors and community.

Until Naples’ high-risk groups and other essential workers are vaccinated and the spread of infectious variants circulating in Florida are better controlled, we ask you to please wear your masks. It is a simple and an effective public health measure that will allow all of us to continue to enjoy our open-air markets and other public venues.

Julie Klement, Naples

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