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Lee official ‘validated’ Jan. 6 intruder
On Feb. 9, Lee Commissioner Brian Hamman appeared on a radio show hosted by local blogger Brendon Leslie, who organized the bus trip that carried almost 100 people from Southwest Florida to D.C. to participate in the Jan. 6 events.
While I am repulsed by Leslie’s assault on the Capitol — he actually entered the Capitol with the mob and has asserted he was recording it as a “citizen journalist” — I do not really bother with this minor character.
Rather, I am deeply disturbed and disappointed with Hamman’s participation in Leslie’s show and what it reveals. Hamman is one of five commissioners in Lee County. Elected countywide, he represents all residents. Yet his appearance with Leslie says much about Hamman’s values and whom he believes he represents — certainly not those disgusted with the insurrection that took place that day.
Does it not matter to Hamman that Leslie bragged he was going to “storm” the Capitol as he walked among the mob Jan. 6? Did it not occur to Hamman to stand up to Leslie and refuse to validate his actions by appearing on his show?
Hamman does not represent me.
Charlotte Newton, Fort Myers
‘Not ready to move on,’ senators
Letters since Jan. 6 have been critical of Republican Sens. Rubio and Scott. I hope these men are paying attention. People are not ready to move on “in the name of unity.” Pretending the insurrection didn’t happen does not benefit the country.
My father and father-in-law served their country in the U.S. Army during World War II to fight Nazis. I remember nuclear bomb raid practice in grammar school and fearing Russian soldiers would land on U.S. soil and invade us. In my wildest imagination, I never would have thought neo-Nazis would be among rioters whipped up to a frenzy by our president to invade our Capital, destroying property and threatening to shoot or hang elected officials.
These senators are condoning Trump’s actions, even his failure to call out the National Guard and protect Capital Police. His own aides have said he was gleefully watching it all on TV, as a gallows was constructed outside to hang his vice president. When Trump finally told his cult to go home, he called them patriots and said he loved them.
I’m just supposed to forget what I saw and move along, senators? Perhaps some residents of Collier County have tried to call their senators’ offices to express their disapproval, only to find they are put directly into voicemail. I left voicemail and comments online, but I have yet to receive a reply. Sens. Scott and Rubio are cowards, frightened to face their constituents.
Thais Tepper, Chokoloskee
Biden urges unity, orders own ways
President Biden’s inaugural address called for unity to bring the country together. His speech of healing showed promise of moderation. We soon learned his actions speak louder than his words.
Biden’s executive orders set the tone for his administration. He supports taxpayer-paid-for abortion. He is committed to the Paris Accord, which gives foreigners (influence on) our energy policy. Killing the Keystone Pipeline kills jobs, reduces our energy supply and increase costs. Allowing Chinese (equipment) in our power grid could expose national security.
Biden stopped wall construction, permitting illegals to invade our country, counts them in our census and promises (pathways to) citizenship. Allowing transgenders in the military uses armed forces to advance a gender equity agenda regardless of consequences.
The president’s pandemic plan is a restatement of Trump’s. Biden trashed Trump’s achievements so he can receive praise for his own foresight and accomplishments. His actions don’t demonstrate unity; rather, (they) widen the culture divide, attack Trump’s “America First” direction and enhance a progressive agenda.
Unity and respect come from compromises that seek respect on views. Requiring conformity fuels a crisis.
Frank Mazur, Fort Myers area
Vaccination preferences for ‘gated’?
I live in The Glenview, a continuing-care facility, somehow — we heard that our director was told to join several other communities in writing to Gov. DeSantis — we became a very early recipients of the vaccination program.
We all received our first vaccination Dec. 21 and the second Jan. 11. The average age of our residents is reportedly over 85.
Recently, as residents of Pelican Bay (in North Naples) we received a notice that those with a Pelican Bay identity card who were over 65 are eligible for a lottery to receive the vaccine to be delivered at the North Naples Fire Station. What good news for this special community, but I wonder: Are other residents in North Naples going to be able somehow to join in this lottery, or is this lottery only open to those who are able to own property in Pelican Bay?
Are other “gated” or organized developments being privileged over other citizens?
C.J. Theisen Jr., North Naples