Courage for democracy
Kudos to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for having the guts to stand up and be counted for her beliefs even though it may cost her the leadership position she holds in the Republican Party. Hers is the face of courage for speaking the truth about Donald Trump and his efforts to destroy our democracy.
Trump did not create the insurrectionists groups in our country; these radical groups have existed in the U.S. for a long time. However, his fiery rhetoric helped fan the flames of their discontent, resulting in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. These groups aim to overthrow our government; and in the weeks after the Capitol episode, it became clear there are radical members in the House and Senate.
The last five years of Trump’s vitriol, name-calling and egotistic behavior left our country wounded. The power to help make our country whole again lies in the voting booth. Voters need to be careful about whom they elect to be stewards of our democracy.
If the candidates are incumbents, what are their voting records? Does it reflect the wishes of their constituents? New candidates require more scrutiny. Don’t just take the campaign hype as gospel; do some investigating. The internet can be a good or bad source of information to help make informed choices of candidates.
Barbara Geisenburg, Naples
So the vast difference (to a letter writer) between U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and President Donald Trump was Maxine Waters was speaking to a small crowd and Trump was speaking on a podium to a large crowd. How come I saw Waters’ speech? Because it was broadcast on every news station, reaching and inciting millions of viewers.
The News-Press (noted) Waters called (on protesters) to be “more confrontational.” Where exactly does “more confrontational” go from burning and looting people’s businesses and screaming in the faces of people trying to quietly dine at restaurants
Michael Graback, Bonita Springs
Country is ‘post-racial’?
Re: the guest column “Southwest Florida is beautiful, but the racial climate is ugly”:
So the proof that some people are racist is they believe our country is largely post-racial?
I’m thankful Gov. DeSantis is disallowing this kind of nonsense to be taught in our public schools.
Michael Halpin, Cape Coral
Increase corporate taxes?
Consequences when taxes on corporations rise:
- Employees’ wages and benefits stagnate or are reduced.
- Consumer prices for products and services rise.
- Business expansion is stifled.
- To stay competitive, corporations will move to countries with lower tax rates.
The net result would be less, not more, tax revenue. Raising the corporate tax rate would be bad for businesses, consumers and our country.
Tom Ball, Fort Myers Beach
Restaurants short on staff
Re: “Restaurants grapple with short staff,” perhaps consideration should be given to raising wages to attract and retain good employees.
It seems a few bucks an hour across the team would easily be covered by a few more meals being sold. If not, perhaps you need to raise your prices a bit or consider a different business model.
Minimum wage is not maximum wage. Supply and demand is a pretty solid theory.
James Smith, Bonita Springs
Get shots to go aboard
Gov. DeSantis has made it illegal for a business to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This means no one will be able to board a cruise ship in Florida.
Beginning in July, cruise lines might be allowed to sail from U.S. ports on the condition that 95% of the passengers are vaccinated (according to a letter from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the cruise industry that USA TODAY obtained April 28 — editor’s attribution). How will the cruise lines know if a passenger is vaccinated if they cannot check for proof of vaccination?
I guess I’ll have to go to Alaska instead of Aruba next fall.
Harlan Boise, East Naples
Event to aid Autism Speaks
The Florida Everblades will sponsor a charity event Friday, May 21 (in conjunction with their hockey game at Hertz Arena).
Tickets — discounted (from $24) to $16, with $5 per ticket going to Autism Speaks — can be purchased online at www.BladesTix.com/AutismSpeaks or at the door the night of the event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. (and the game is scheduled to start at 7:30).
(From the logistics chair of Autism Speaks in Southwest Florida.)
Sal Dassaro, Estero