Letters to editor for Thursday, March 25, 2021

Readers write about voter suppression, gun attacks, the Electoral College and groundwater rights…

Letters to editor for Thursday, March 25, 2021 1
Letters to editor for Thursday, March 25, 2021 2

Strengthen federal role vs. problems

Federal laws need to be put into action to prevent voter suppression and gun violence in states. The states are sneaking in double-sided laws that do not clearly state the intention to we the people.

Voting is a right that all citizens of our country should have access to, regardless of sex, race, religion or economic status. Voter suppression and limiting the ability to vote Is illegal, yet this continues at the state level. Unacceptable.

Gun laws should be rolled back where you have to leave them home. Everyone thinks this is the wild, wild West and everyone is going to be a Rambo if something happens. Nothing as horrendous as we have seen in the past few years would happen if guns were not part of outfits. 

Crimes of hate should be treated as gross felonies, not celebrated as wins by some. Everyone has the right to live freely in our country. Many faces, shapes, colors, religions and beliefs live in this country. Live your life and leave them alone. You might be surprised who might show up to help you in your time of need.

We also need to limit political spending and no longer allow dark money and corporations to pay to play. This is how we unite and even the playing field. Politicians are hired by voting. Make sure they get through the interview before hiring.

Christianne Murphy, Fort Myers

Electoral College has basic role in US

Few Americans seem to understand the basics of the system of government under which they live. The United States is not and never was a single unitary national state, nor is it a union of individuals. It is a union of separate states. 

Each state, as it became a state, ceded some but by no means all of its sovereignty to a central federal government. (Editor’s note: The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as court interpretations of it and other parts of the Constitution, help distinguish the powers of the federal and state governments.) 

A presidential election is not and never was one person, one vote on a unitary national basis. Each state has a certain number of electors, depending primarily on that state’s population. Those electors then vote in what is called the Electoral College, and the winner of that election becomes the next president. 

People with cavalier abandon call for the elimination of the Electoral College; they are in fact calling for for an end of the United States. That cannot be accomplished by a simple statute. It would require a revolution. It won’t happen. 

Richard W. Metz, Fort Myers area

‘Who owns our water?’

The first sentence in the Tuesday, March 23, editorial states, “Florida shouldn’t be giving groundwater to profit water bottling companies without getting money back to restore the natural springs being affected.”

Followed by: “Certainly, the best option would be for the state to just reject damaging permits. The excessive pumping and pollution of groundwater harms Florida’s springs as well as the states drinking water supply.”

Who owns our water? 

Nestle’s lobbyists are working hard to gain control of the issue. Why?

“Nestle announced last month that it was selling its North American water brands to private equity firms for $4.3 billion” (the editorial states).

Capitalists of all stripe’s have been trying for years to maneuver to get water from spring-fed rivers in Central Florida to areas that can be exploited for development. So far, the locals have been able to fend off the assault. But for how long?

Nestle is selling (stealing) our water for $4.3 billion, apparently with the blessing of the Legislature. One more reason to love “home rule.”

Ronald A. Soulard, Naples

Naples Beach Hotel area charm at risk

Wake up, friends, there’s a new game in town. It’s called “What Can I Get Away With.”  We saw it happen with One Naples (condo towers and marina) proposed for Vanderbilt Beach Road (near the beach). Now our beloved Naples Beach Hotel is to be redeveloped and we are fighting to preserve our neighborhood.

In December 2019, The Athens Group submitted a site plan that aligned with what we thought would happen and it was acceptable. A final plan has not been submitted officially, but a sales brochure is circulating, showing the property with an entirely new design for amenities. Here are some of the changes: a 10-hole golf course; eight tennis and six pickleball courts that might be lighted in front of our homes; and some other structures for recreation.

The Athens Group is hosting neighborhood input sessions and they are not going well. We are told we are overreacting to a sales brochure, but how else will they know this design offends us?

We participated in a visioning workshop for our city. Key issues were identified: clean water, (prevent) beach erosion, (prevent) overdevelopment, maintain small-town charm, quiet enjoyment of our homes. Is it a vision, not reality?


I hope the City Council, when the time comes, will support our concerns and protect Naples’ charm. 

Diane Ladley, Naples

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