Letters to editor for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020

Letter writers
 |  Naples Daily News

Trump’s defiance is ‘dangerous’

To win this election, Trump has pitted Americans against each other, scaring minorities away from the polls, slyly referencing poll watchers — targeting minority areas — with guns to “make sure there is no fraud,” which doesn’t exist.

Republican administrations in key states are creating reasons to throw out legitimate ballots. The courts are ruling against these end runs.

Trump’s followers, mired in ignorance and living under the impression, nurtured by Trump, that they have been victimized, believe everything he tells them. Already married to their guns, they are ready to act. If Trump loses, he will feel vindicated only if he can start a civil war.

If the election is close (this letter was submitted Tuesday morning), he will resort to the courts. He is counting on Barrett, his latest right-wing judge on the high court, voting in his favor. He feels comfortable that with a stacked court, he will prevail.

Trump’s soul is a pit of self-interest, nurtured by an undeveloped brain. He brings new meaning to “pathetic,” but worse is “dangerous.” Our checks and balances aren’t working because a Republican majority in the Senate refuses to say no to a corrupt president. Our democracy must be restored, when President Me First is out of office.

Harriet Stanton-Leaffer, Matlacha

Reasons to distrust Trump

Recent letters explained reasons for voting for Trump. Here are some of the cons to balance against those reasons:

Coronavirus — 225,000-plus deaths (as of Oct. 28, when this letter was submitted). Lying about the virus for months and withholding information from the public. Taking almost no steps to stem the virus initially and having no plan today.

Lying, lying and more lying. Nothing Trump says is credible.

Divisive. Encourages racist and anti-government forces. No empathy; everything is about himself.

Undermining of the Justice Department, the rule of law, the CDC and FDA through politicizing agencies. Undermining the scientific community and denying climate change.

Hollowing out the State Department and intelligence community. More than 70 officials from the Reagan to Trump intelligence communities warned Trump is “unfit to serve.”

Putin, Putin and Putin. Trump is obsequious to Putin and takes his denials over our intelligence services; won’t address bounties on American soldiers; supports dictators around the world and undercuts allies. 

Trade wars with allies and China. Farm exports have plummeted and farm bankruptcies have increased.

Secret finances and foreign entanglements. Enriches himself at the public’s expense through fees from his and his children’s travels to his properties. Accepts funds from foreign governments.

Martin Bercovici, Naples

Prepare now for storm to strengthen

Eta has done severe damage already and could cause damage in Southwest Florida. The storm lost strength over land, but as a slow-moving storm, it could regain strength over the warm water of the Caribbean. Southwest Florida should be well prepared for a possible hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center’s cone of probable path (Wednesday afternoon) showed it could come to Florida (by noon Monday). There could be heavy rains and wind gusts with a storm of this magnitude. It is 2020 and it would be no surprise to me if this storm regains strength before impact on Florida.

We must prepare. Supplies become very limited when a hurricane is coming our way. We should start preparations now or have a plan in place to prepare for the worst.

Alec Lynch, Fort Myers area

COVID care workers ‘not overlooked’

I read the editorial in Wednesday’s Daily News (“COVID is killing health workers. Where is

the outrage?”). I have to wonder where the people who wrote it have been. They showed their party politics with their false statements.

First responders are constantly saluted by the media and civic organizations. Congress has appropriated billions of dollars for more personal care equipment. They have not been overlooked. The president has constantly recognized them.  

Dr. Gary V. Wehr, North Naples

Editor’s note: The editorial was written by four former assistant surgeons general and retired rear admirals of the U.S. Public Health Service, including an epidemiologist.

Minimum wage and lawyers’ fees

John Morgan pushed for increasing the minimum wage without regard to effects on small businesses and young and challenged individuals. So I suggest an amendment for the next election: Put a limit on what Morgan and Morgan and other lawyers can make representing injured clients.

I am tired of him bragging about (cases) he has settled — OK for the client, but why should lawyers become multimillionaires? Insurance companies pass the costs on to consumers through higher premiums on the very people Morgan contends he is helping.

I remember when such lawyers were called ambulance chasers.

Claude Manuel, Cape Coral

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