‘Without answers’ on border
The Department of Homeland Security chief in the March 18 news cycle spouted that the U.S. border is secure and is not “open.” If that is the case, why are news reporters left without answers to their questions?
(White House) press secretary Psaki deflects any question regarding the border to DHS.
President Biden’s hiding in plain sight only adds to this confusion and shows true lack of leadership. In summary, if we do not see it, hear it or read it, this crisis does not exist.
Harold Merschtina, Cape Coral
Fear controls GOP
Apparently, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., graduated from Trump’s school of lie and divide. His characterization of the events of Jan. 6 and the actions of those who stormed the Capitol would lead you to believe he has lost all sense of reason and reality. How do people like this get elected?
All the talk about Trump’s continued control of the Republican Party is just that, talk. The Republican Party has proved time and again that what control’s the party is fear — not of Trump but of the 74 million people who voted for him and from the core of his base who still believe Trump’s lie that the election was stolen.
It’s the fear of not being re-elected. Isn’t there something else these people are capable of doing for a living? Probably, but not with as many perks and the least amount of work.
Fear breeds cowardice, and it was cowards who attempted to overthrow the Electoral College findings that Biden won the election, for fear of reprisals from Trump’s base, politically or physically.
A Democrat said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself” — unless you’re afraid of losing your job and having to go to work in the private sector.
Roger W. Quagliano, Fort Myers
Helping the homeIess
I would like to commend the Fort Myers City Council for its handling of the homeless shelter issue. Many of the members visited homeless camps and made inquiries. The council was concerned enough to revisit the issue when new information became available. I am proud of my City Council.
Eleanor Blitzer, Fort Myers
President’s term and plans
Term limits for public office are a crying need. The term for president needs to be changed. Presidents should serve one six-year term, sit out the next six years, and then be eligible to run again.
This would avoid the current need to start running for a second four-year term while just beginning the first. He would be free to focus fully on the pressing needs of his presidency.
A recent letter criticized the Biden folks for how they will “pack” the Supreme Court. What does she think President Trump did in the court the past four years with conservative judges?
Biden will not “defund” the police, but rather redirect their actions, so that drug addicts, for example, will be placed in rehab clinics, not prison, and stand a far better chance of returning to society as contributing citizens.
As for “radical” changes, that’s what conservatives said when FDR proposed Social Security legislation in his New Deal in the 1930s. Would she give up her own Social Security now?
Bill Bond, North Naples
No chance for vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccination system in Florida is a mess. Good luck.
I logged on to the Publix website at 6:45 a.m. to schedule vaccine appointments, followed the instructions and reached the page that had the buttons please wait and schedule appointment, and Florida counties were listed below. The please wait button was lit, but the schedule appointment was not.
Listed beside the names of the counties was the comment 100%.
Promptly at 7 a.m. I started to wait for the schedule appointment button to light up. After about 30 minutes, all the locations were booked. The schedule button never lit up.
How is this possible? You could not schedule an appointment, but all the slots were booked?
I have registered with the state, Lee County and have tried booking an appointment with Walmart and finally, Publix. My husband is 81 and I am 78, and we should have been able to receive our shots.
Elvamae Dean, North Fort Myers
I am disappointed with your coverage of the inequity of vaccine distribution across the geography of Florida. It would be great if the newspaper would attempt to find out why. It has been obvious for quite a while that something is off.
Marilyn Montgomery, North Naples
To Democratic counties too
Recently there have been several letters stating Gov. DeSantis has favored his donors with vaccine distribution. However, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties have received high numbers of the vaccine in comparison to Collier County. Both of those counties are heavily Democratic.
Diana Edwards, Naples
Vaccine scarce in Naples
My sister is 92 years old and has not been able to get the COVID vaccine. I live on the east coast, and in my area there is no problem getting the first shot. What is the problem in Naples? What is wrong with the mayor’s office? Your paper should be addressing this problem and find some solution.
Marie Lagalo, Margate