‘Big lie persists and country will suffer’
The big lie persists. The reasons are varied. Politicians are, by and large, self-serving creatures. It’s convenient for (some of) their careers to deny Biden’s victory, a verifiably clear-cut win, the size of which Trump called a landslide in 2016.
The hypocrisy of duplicitous Republicans such as McCarthy, Christie, Graham, Haley, Cruz and many others is on record. They can’t bring themselves to say loudly and unequivocally that Trump lost and is lying about the outcome.
They won’t acknowledge his complicity in the events of Jan. 6. His endorsement outweighs their integrity. If you refuse to worship at the altar of the Great and Powerful Donald Trump, go home.
Some Republicans, such as Liz Cheney, recognize and condemn the big lie. She can kiss her political future goodbye. The GOP can’t tolerate those who speak ill of the twice impeached, one-term president. The Republican hierarchy can’t handle the truth of Biden’s win. Their ambiguous defense of the man they fear is contemptible.
Millions of Trump loyalists have bought into the big lie. They wanted a certain outcome and childishly won’t accept anything else. Their sad, pathetic denials and protestations are beyond foolish.
Governing has to be more than delegitimizing your opponents by perpetuating a vicious lie. The big lie will stymie honest debate about the issues, and the country will suffer.
Kevin McNally, Bonita Springs
Facts lacking for ‘Racial climate is ugly’
A guest column in The News-Press spent quite a bit of time detailing racism in this area in the past, and even noting some of the radical acts of reform that have taken place. However, nowhere in the screed, which I read twice just to make sure, did it offer a scintilla of evidence in justification of its bold headline: “SW Florida’s racial climate is ugly.”
I went to a university that allowed all viewpoints that could be justified and/or proved with facts. I took a “Philosophy of Religion” course from an avowed atheist, who gave me an 85 for my vigorous defense of the existence and power of God. Why? Because I made compelling arguments in favor of my viewpoint.
Apparently, if you’re a professor at Lee County’s largest university these days, all you have to do is make a lengthy statement of your beliefs in order to consider yourself the winner of the argument — facts be damned. I give the writer a zero for his biased, inaccurate and unsupported diatribe.
Dave Bridgeman, Alva
DeSantis’ edicts about COVID conflict
On April 27, Gov. DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-94 extending (Florida’s) COVID-19 state of emergency for 60 days.
“The impact of COVID-19 poses a continuing threat to the health, safety and welfare of the State of Florida and its residents,” his order asserts.
But just six days later, on May 3, he issued Executive Order 21-101 that states that due to the successful distribution of vaccines and other “tremendous steps the State has taken,” local communities lack justification to continue to impose COVID-related emergency orders, and he declared all (local) COVID-19 emergency orders invalid.
Is there a continuing threat to the health and safety of Floridians by COVID-19 that requires the governor to retain his emergency powers or has the successful distribution of vaccines mitigated the emergency as stated in his May 6 order?
Or is it only a matter of the governor wanting to keep his extraordinary emergency powers a little longer while denying them to local communities that have a much better feel for the local situations?
Either an emergency continues to exist or it doesn’t, but don’t micromanage Collier County from Tallahassee.
Richard Watters, North Naples
Short-term rental bills in Legislature
Short-term rental bills (SB 522 and HB 219) failed again to obtain consensus from legislators this session. For the fourth year in a row, state lawmakers did not move the bills past (all) committees necessary to send them to the governor, despite urging from vacation rental platforms that had the most to gain.
“Committees seemed to have little interest in advancing bills that did not take into account quality of life issues for homeowners, as well as the impact to local neighborhoods,” AirbnbWATCH Florida stated in its May 3 newsletter.
A major concern was the impact of unregulated party houses, but vacation rental platforms objected to proposed base level accountability and penalties.
These bills certainly will be reintroduced in the 2022 session. Now is not the time to let up. It is critical that those of us affected in residential neighborhoods by party houses on a daily basis continue to contact our state and local leaders over the summer and fall to tell them local control over short-term rentals is preferred to any state preemption measures.
Steven Perkins, North Naples