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WWII veteran frustrated
I am a 95-year-old veteran of World War II. I enlisted at age 17 and was promised medical care for my lifetime. However, even though I am registered at three locations, I have yet to get a call to get vaccinated.
It was my generation that made it possible for you to publish your newspaper in English instead of Japanese or German. It appears as though our efforts are not considered by the government or the medical departments responsible for the distribution of the vaccines. I am speaking not only for myself, but for many other veterans who also have been unsuccessful in getting our vaccines.
Elton Brown, North Fort Myers
‘VA refused to help’
The VA refused to help me get a vaccination because my income was above $62,000 a year.
I served three years active duty, 28 months in Germany in the 1950s when the Cold War was still pretty hot. One of my friends is a millionaire and he receives VA medical benefits, was vaccinated and is under 65.
I am proud of my service to my country. I am proud to be a vet. I am not proud of the VA.
Ronald Lambrecht, Fort Myers area
‘Statewide waiting list’
Three times a week I attempt to book an appointment for my sister through the Publix vaccine website. Every time I watch three counties book 100 percent before all the others. If Charlotte, Collier and Lee always sell out first, perhaps those counties should receive a larger share of the vaccine.
My sister is 78. Wouldn’t a statewide waiting list that everyone could join allow a fair distribution of the vaccines? Between the governor and Publix, it is much too difficult and time-consuming to get a simple shot in the arm.
John Powers, Fort Myers area
Vaccine chance fleeting
How much more frustrating can signing up for an appointment with Publix get? I signed on (Wednesday) morning at 7:00 like your supposed to do. By 7:15 Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties were all full.
How can that be? Did Publix not get many doses this time? Please help us older residents at least get a chance for an appointment.
Thomas Jendrysik, Estero
Even more to seek shots
Gov. DeSantis needs to read this newspaper’s letters. Every week, frustrated 80-plus seniors and veterans express inability to get COVID vaccinations.
So now the most vulnerable seniors will have increased competition from 60-year-olds too?
“We’re starting to see the demand soften,” the newspaper quoted the governor.
Not for me and lots of other 80-year-olds.
John “Capt. Jack” Zinke, Cape Coral
Vet has to ‘chase’ shot
I read that the Florida age prerequisite for COVID vaccination has been reduced to 60. That implies that most folks over that age who want the shot have been vaccinated, but that’s not even close to being true.
Both my wife and I want the shot. Why do we have to chase the vaccination and fail at every attempt? Why can’t we get vaccinated? We cannot be the only people in this position.
I recognize there is a limited amount of vaccine available, but as a veteran over 80, a homeowner, a taxpayer and a voter, I ask for more compassion and less media manipulation.
Max Finkelstein, Golden Gate Estates
GOP rejects COVID relief
Score one for the American people, who overwhelmingly approve of the Democrats’ COVID relief bill that has just passed Congress. That it passed with zero Republican votes is sad but not surprising.
Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Republicans learned early in President Obama’s presidency that their best game plan was to demonize him (omigod, he wore a tan suit!) and systematically block any and all Democratic legislative successes to try to prevent him from winning a second term.
They seem to be trying the same game plan now, except it’s even worse: 12 Republicans voted with Democrats to oppose the 2017 tax giveaway bill, but the COVID relief bill ran into a unified granite wall of Republican rejection.
With all pretense of bipartisanship now gone, it’s time for President Biden and the Democrats to face reality and show that free and fair elections have consequences. That means governing by majority, and damn the filibuster.
Suzanne Cherney, East Naples
Imperfect but still relief
When there’s a fire burning (the pandemic) and the only water (money) delivery source (government) you have is a bucket (relief legislation) with some tiny holes (relatively small number of undeserving recipients) in it, does it make sense for some firefighters (Republican members of Congress) to refuse to use the leaky bucket, even though it’s the only water container available to douse the flames?
Gary Wilson, Naples
‘An ally of Donald Trump’
I now live in Alachua but continue to subscribe to the Naples Daily News in spite of the paper’s decidedly hard turn to the left in recent times. Now if you can just get the name of Florida’s governor right — I believe it is Ron DeSantis, not “Ron DeSantis, an ally of Donald Trump.”
Michael Ashton, formerly of Naples