Change name and look of police
It’s reassuring to know there are professional servants whose job it is to protect peace and safety in our society. What isn’t reassuring is that this task is assigned to intimidating paramilitary types called police.
In the military, to “police an area” means to “clean it,” dirty or not. Even though I’m an older white guy, I still don’t feel at ease when I see a police cruiser in my rear-view mirror or driving through my neighborhood. I can only imagine how I’d feel if I had lived my life in black skin.
Is it necessary for those whose job it is to protect our peace and safety to have such an intimidating paramilitary presence? What if we changed the word police to Peace and Safety Service (PASS) and dialed down that intimidating military look? Maybe that would make these servants appear to be a more welcome part of the communities they serve, instead of separate intimidating watchdogs with fangs showing.
We don’t have to take away their power to intervene with biting force when necessary, but they don’t have to always look like their sole purpose is to bite.
Joe Cant, Naples
Americans must help vaccine work
It is encouraging to see from recent polls that acceptance of getting vaccinated for the coronavirus is increasing significantly. However, recent polls also show that well over 40% of conservatives and evangelical Christians do not plan on getting vaccinated for the coronavirus.
This will leave them to continue to be spreaders of the coronavirus within society. America will not be able to reach herd immunity if these segments of society continue to hesitate on being immunized. We need to have at least 70% of the public vaccinated and immune to COVID-19 to get some significant heard immunity.
Unless the conservative segments resisting the vaccination change their attitudes and beliefs, the disease will continue to ruin our lives, economy and way of life.
If four out of every five people (80%) who encounter someone with the disease are vaccinated, they will not get sick and won’t spread the disease any further. In this way, the spread of the coronavirus is kept under control.
Come on, conservatives, listen to the medical experts and help us get to herd immunity and restore our economy and way of life.
(Editor’s note: CNN reported online that in a Kaiser Family Foundation poll published last month, 28% of white adults who identify as evangelical Christians said they definitely will not get a vaccine, 6% said they will only if they have to, and 15% said they will wait and see.)
Donald Spaulding, Fort Myers area
Maskless ‘disregard for the rest of us’
So let me get this straight: Ted Nugent announced Monday, April 19, that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he was experiencing flu-like symptoms starting April 9. He doesn’t wear a mask and hasn’t been vaccinated.
He performed at Seed to Table Market (in North Naples) on April 12, unmasked. Rick LoCastro, District 1 commissioner, also attended this gathering, unmasked. LoCastro also has attended a County Commission meeting unmasked and held community events, including at the Collier Public Library branch in Lely (in East Naples) on April 17 unmasked.
I am not surprised at Nugent’s callous disregard for the rest of us, since he has made his opinion clear and behaved accordingly.
However, I am horrified at Commissioner LoCastro’s appalling disregard for the rest of us, since he is an elected official who took an oath to serve our community. Mr. LoCastro is paid to serve all of us who live in his district and this county, not just those who agree with his uninformed opinion about the coronavirus. Mr. LoCastro’s behavior is reckless and selfish. As an elected official, his behavior is a slap in the face to everyone in Collier county and a disgrace to his office.
Barbara Owen, East Naples
New law for online sales tax overdue
Gov, DeSantis just signed a law requiring out-of-state companies to collect sales tax and remit it to Florida on all items sold and shipped to Florida. Democrats are crying this is a new tax, that it’s regressive, that businesses (in Florida) are going to get richer, and more.
Here are some facts about sales taxes:
You should have been paying sales tax on all purchases covered by Florida sales tax law no matter where it came from.
If it was not collected at the time of purchase, you are required by law to remit the sales tax to the state yourself. Most people were not aware of that and did not do it, and it would be next to impossible for the state to enforce, so it was not enforced.
Businesses do not keep sales tax that they collect; they have to remit it to the state. It is just a pass-through.
Local businesses are overjoyed about the new law because competitors in other states cannot sell to Floridians “tax free” anymore. This is not a new tax; it is what should have been done all along.
Sales taxes hit the hardest to those who spend the most.
Dennis Miller, Miromar Lakes