Letters to editor for Sunday, March 7, 2021

Readers write about access to COVID-19 vaccination in SW Florida and other topics…

Letters to editor for Sunday, March 7, 2021 1
Letters to editor for Sunday, March 7, 2021 2

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‘Golden calf’ at CPAC

I hope Christian preachers and Jewish rabbis will discuss the “golden calf” story from the Old Testament with their congregations. They should invoke the commandments “You shall have no other god before me” and “You shall make no idols.”

The cultish worship of Donald Trump, epitomized by his “golden” image at the Conservative Political Action Conference (last weekend), should be seen for what it is — slavish adoration of an idol through peer pressure. After inciting treasonous crimes Jan.6, this should be the final nail in Trump’s political coffin.

Trump’s supporters repeated for months his claims the coronavirus “would go away” and that masks weren’t needed. I wonder how they feel now that they know they were duped by him. 

Trump stated (in an interview with Bob Woodward) back in February (2020) he understood how deadly the virus was, how much worse than the flu it was and how it was transmitted through the air. (However, Woodward withheld the interview for seven months and) Trump’s public pronouncements minimized the severity of the COVID pandemic. Trump’s supporters continued to parrot his public pronouncements because the liar-in-chief told them what to say. 

The Lying King Donald began his campaign with the birther lie and issued falsehoods daily for his entire term. He left office true to his character, spewing more lies about the election he lost. Falsehood is his legacy.

Robert Savino, Fort Myers

‘Simply register’ for shots?

Sigh! Another 6 a.m. on the Publix website. We are also registered on the government site. My husband and I are 82, and most of our friends have received the vaccine. More irksome: Our 60s children are all vaccinated in other states.

Today, I got in, willing to drive almost anywhere in Florida, and even though I’m a fast typist, I was timed out. There has to be a better way.

Why can’t we simply register and stop this merry-go-round? I’m willing to wait if I know I have an appointment down the road.

Jan Nieman, Fort Myers area

‘Gotten nowhere’ for vaccine

I have been on the site for vaccine with Publix five times but have gotten nowhere. Publix is taking appointments for everyone. There system is not set up right. It should ask the birth date of the person and the county.

I am over 70 and should be able with first responders to get the vaccine.

Ellen Castillo, Cape Coral

Grandparents need vaccine

We are privileged to work with two amazing Immokalee families in which great-grandparents are raising kids under 3 years. These vulnerable and valuable seniors have not been COVID-vaccinated and have no idea when or how they will. 

Come on, Florida, get Immokalee vaccinated now!

Colin and Ellen Gordon, Bonita Springs

Fly north for COVID shots?

Something is not right with the vaccine rollout in Southwest Florida. At the ages of 81 and 75, we surely qualify, yet we find that the only vaccine available is from a grocery store where access is through an online lottery-like signup system.

Florida gets high marks for its senior care facilities but somehow is missing the boat for us seniors at home.

For several weeks, we have been getting emails from our health organization back in Illinois asking when we would like to schedule a vaccine appointment. Why is Florida seemingly so far behind in providing a similar level of medical service? 

It would be absurd to think we might be forced to fly back to Illinois to get a critical vaccine. Can anyone explain?

Robert Hinds, Marco Island

Masks, distance disregarded

We are horrified by the brazen and overwhelming lack of mask wearing, as mandated by ordinance, in a substantial number of Naples retail establishments. Where is the enforcement of the mask mandate?

We also find the complete disregard of social distancing by restaurants with their placements of outdoor tables to be reckless and irresponsible.

More than 500,000 dead Americans must not be a high-enough number to register with Neapolitans.

Marina Ein, Naples

Hostile to mask message

Last month you published my letter regarding the lack of mask use at Celebration Park (for food trucks in East Naples). Several days later, I received at my home address an anonymous letter accusing me of being anti-capitalism. The writer told me that I should move to California and called me a f—— idiot.

Exercising my freedom of speech in a public setting is a truly American act, and this anonymous coward tried to censor me through intimidation and aggression.

While it is a bit frightening to think that someone would make the effort to research my address, write a letter, use the stamp and make the trip to a post office just because I expressed an opinion counter to theirs, I remain undeterred.

Anonymous letter writer, wear your mask. It’s the right thing to do!

Nell Mayotte, East Naples

Ideas for affordable housing

Regarding the editorial “Affordable housing crisis getting worse,” Sadowski funds will never solve the affordable housing crisis. As long as “affordable housing” means below-market-rate housing, demand will always exceed supply.

Two measures would make housing in Collier County more affordable: 

First, allow more and more dense housing of all types. Housing responds to the law of supply and demand like everything else does. Increase the supply, and the price will come down.

Second, reduce the county’s very high and regressive impact fees. These fees disproportionately affect new, low-priced housing since the fees depend on the type of housing, not its cost. For example, the impact fee on a $20 million mansion in Port Royal is $31,707, a rounding error. The impact fee on a small new home in Immokalee is $29,207 which could be 15% of its total cost. Does that make any sense at all?

One of the biggest reasons that builders can’t and won’t build affordable housing is that the county’s fees make it unprofitable.

Andrew Terhune, East Naples

‘Voter suppression laws’

Gov. DeSantis and his Republican cronies spent the better part of a year telling people the lie that the election might be stolen.

After the election, they told everyone, over and over and over, without showing a shred of concrete evidence, the lie that the election was stolen. 

Now, using the excuse that people don’t trust elections anymore, they’re planning major voter suppression laws that will discourage voting by people of color and others they’re afraid might not vote for them. 

They can’t prove that the election problems they’re trying to solve exist, because they don’t. The “problem” they are really trying to solve is that the majority of Americans are starting to realize that Republicans are not interested in helping them or solving the country’s real problems. They’re only interested in getting re-elected.


The goal of elections is supposed to be voting, not preventing voting. How do these people sleep at night? 

Bob Ray, Fort Myers Beach

‘Great counterpoint’ missed

The cancel culture has struck again. The Mallard Fillmore comic strip was a great counterpoint to the left-leaning Doonesbury strip and the cartoons on the editorial page. Now you have seen fit to eliminate the other viewpoint. 

Gerald Simons, North Naples

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