Letters to editor for Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020

Letter writers
 |  Naples Daily News

Senators silent

Where are the voices of our senators and representatives in Congress supporting democracy and the value of our votes?

Yes, our state tallied for Trump, but the country has elected Biden. Why do they continue to shrink from disputing this psychopath who is calling our election process illegitimate because he doesn’t want to accept the results? Do they not want to move forward to heal our fractured nation? What constructive purpose does their denial serve? What do they hope to gain?

Should citizens anywhere be forced to accept the baseless pronouncements of a self-proclaimed despot? The people of the United States have spoken. Please stop facilitating a leader who refuses to hear them.

To paraphrase Shakespeare in “Macbeth”: Trump’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Karen Evans, Cape Coral

Biden vs. Trump

Joe Biden is self-effacing, empathetic, listens and believes in equality. For example, he chose a woman and a person of color to be vice president. His mother instilled in him he’s not better than anyone and that nobody is better than he is. He has followed that rule by serving his community.

On the other hand. according to his sister and niece, Donald Trump was raised to believe he was unique, the “chosen one” of his siblings and told by his tyrannical father to never apologize. Being a wise guy is his specialty; it is noticeable any time he is at the podium.

Doris Brown, Fort Myers area

‘Now he urges unity’

Now that Biden is sure he has been elected president, he urges unity. 

His party has poured out hatred and venom on our elected president non-stop for four years and obstructed every effort by him to advance measures, in the foreign and domestic arenas, for the good of the nation. 

Unity now? No thanks! I think I would rather be a bad sport and lavish gracious sentiments on something else. The only thing the Democrat Party can do for me is crash, burn and disappear.

Richard W. Metz, Fort Myers area

‘Let’s fight for truth’

An African author once wrote in part that even a whisper can be heard around the world if it is the truth.

What is the truth today in our country, or are we living in a fictional universe? Some believe wrongly that the last election was a fraud, without any production of evidence.

Let’s fight for the truth in this new administration. Democracy is worth the effort.

Richard Ferreira, Bonita Springs

‘No need to rush’

No one should blame President Trump for double-checking votes in suspicious precincts. For four years, the Democrats and media have questioned every decision he has made and accused him of every crime they could dream up.

No matter who actually wins, we all deserve the truth. No need to rush getting to that truth.

Sharon Dee, Naples

‘Sowing a mistrust’

Fraudulent cries of fraud are not harmless. The soil of American democracy is being poisoned by evidence-free claims of fraud in our recent election.

The fraud allegations are being dismissed one after the other by courts. Privately, many Republicans acknowledge they’re pointless. But by continuing to cry fraud in public, they are sowing a mistrust of our bedrock democratic institutions and leaving a toxic legacy that may linger for a generation or more.

Suzanne Cherney, East Naples

Let cases ‘play out’

Our nation is moving into uncharted territory as multiple legal challenges have been and are being filed in response to the election. Biden has declared himself the winner even though no state has yet certified its election, and several states are unresolved. 

The integrity of the election process must be preserved. The investigations must be allowed to play out so in the end we can know it was a fair and honest election, regardless of who ultimately is proved the winner.

Joseph T “Chip” Buxton III, East Naples

What money can’t buy

Money can buy you into a prestigious school and out of military service.

Money can buy you beautiful women and sex.

Money can buy you an election.

Money can’t buy you class.

Tom Costello, North Naples

‘That hard to vote!’

Like countless organizations throughout Florida and the country, The Workers Circle worked tirelessly these last weeks to get out the vote, particularly among historically suppressed voters of color, by phone banking and sharing nonpartisan resources online. 

This election’s record turnout, during a pandemic and in a climate poisoned by disinformation and intimidation, is itself a victory for “we the people.”

But it shouldn’t be that hard to vote! Congress should pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to guarantee every voter can freely cast a ballot in the next election.

(From the president of The Workers Circle.)

Richard Rumelt, East Naples

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