Letters to editor for Sunday, May 2, 2021

Readers write about various topics in letters to the Fort Myers News-Press and…

Letters to editor for Sunday, May 2, 2021 1

Rep. Donalds failed test

A Republican action committee (the Republican Accountability Project) recently released its grades for Republicans in Congress regarding (their actions and statements before and after) the Jan. 6 attempt to overthrow democracy.

Rep., Byron Donalds (who represents part of coastal Southwest Florida) got an F. He told HuffPost.com in a statement that he does not take the “never Trumper” group seriously.

“He repeated Trump’s false assertion that a number of states had ‘unconstitutionally violated election law’ as the reason for his actions,” HuffPost stated online.

“I will always receive an A rating defending the Constitution,” Donalds said, according to HuffPost.

Mr. Donalds, on his third day as a member of the House, voted to contest a certified election, as the results were not to his liking. He is wrong to parrot debunked claims and lies. State and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, all ruled against every (2020 election-challenging) case Republicans brought. Donalds is very wrong regarding his grade for defending the U.S. Constitution, per his oath of office. His actions violated the Constitution he swore to defend.  

Brian Levin, Fort Myers area

‘Hypocrisy’ on inciting?

Democrats tried to impeach President Trump for what they deemed inciting a riot. Yet, after U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters openly called for violence if (former Minneapolis police officer Derek) Chauvin wasn’t convicted (of killing George Floyd), Democrats voted along party lines not to censure her. The hypocrisy is suffocating.

Michael Graback, Bonita Springs

Editor’s note: Waters urged protesters to “stay in the street” and “fight for justice” and “get more confrontational” if Chauvin wasn’t convicted, CNN, ABC and BBC News reported online.

Climate change

I don’t deny climate change, but science has proved Earth’s climate has changed since its beginning. Consider the Ice Age. 

We can try to do something about it, and we should be good stewards of the Earth. We should not use the Earth as one giant garbage can, nor use resources unjustly. 

But it’s a bigger problem than only the USA, so I ask: Have you investigated what China, India, Russia and other countries are doing to protect Earth and its resources?

Charles DeFeo, Fort Myers

Litter cleanup duty

(A recent) article prompted me to ask why I do not see those incarcerated in county facilities picking up litter along the roadsides like I used to see over the years. I think that would be a meaningful way to contribute to society. Why do volunteers have to do the cleanup?

Martha Baez, Fort Myers area

Invest in green energy?

If green energy is so promising and important, why haven’t savvy investors leapt at the opportunities? Why should we the taxpayers pay for it?

M. Inge Johnstone, North Naples

Set to send vaccine?

Why is our president (preparing to) send millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to India and other countries when there are many people here in the U.S. who have not had access to the vaccine?

There has been a great deal of press about underserved communities not having access to the vaccine. What about the equality for all classes of U.S. citizens that the president talks about?

By the way, my 12 year-old granddaughter was still not eligible as of this writing (Sunday, April 25) for the vaccine.

David Winner, North Naples

Ban not for Biden

I see that President Biden is planning to make a trip, along with his huge entourage, to the U.K. So how come he extended the ban on Americans traveling to England? I am not allowed to go there to see my kids and grandkids, but it’s OK for Biden to go there?

Michael R. Adler, Miromar Lakes

Editor’s note: Biden plans to make his first foreign trip as president in June to attend the Group of 7 summit in England and diplomatic meetings in Brussels.

Be thankful for police

(To the writer of a recent letter): Why would a police car intimidate you? I feel safe and you should too. You should thank God that police officer is protecting you.

As the wife of a New York firefighter and mother of a New York police officer, I take offense at your remarks. Every day, police and other civil servants put themselves on the line for the likes of you. Walk in their shoes before you judge. We pray every day that they come home safe. I hope you never need a police officer or a firefighter.

Jo Ann Figliola. North Naples


‘Was it really a cop?’

Just witnessed an elderly man walking in the shade on the side of Sixth Street (in Naples) when a black muscle car driver sped up and tried to hit the man. The man gave the driver the finger and the driver turned around, accosted him and threatened to give him a jaywalking ticket.

Was it really a cop? Good thing the man was not black. Better a ticket than the poor guy gets run over.

Bob Kay, Naples

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