Letters to editor for Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Readers write about various topics in letters to the Fort Myers News-Press and…

Letters to editor for Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1
Letters to editor for Tuesday, March 30, 2021 2

A lifetime’s learning about racism

As a 79-year-old white man who was raised on Chicago’s South Side, hardly a liberal hot spot, in the 1940s and ’50s, I know how racism functions. It can become generational, with one generation passing it on to the next generation in a downward spiral.

 Racism functions and grows often through fear and distrust of other races. I saw this reflected in my own father. The root cause is ignorance resulting from a simple lack of relationships and friendships with people of other races. No question this ignorance cuts both ways between black and white.

The break-through for me was having friendships with people of other races based on shared values and experiences, including sports.

My deep concern is the pace of the undercurrent of hate in the white supremacy and white nationalists movements, which really are the same toxic trap and threat to our great country.

As a father of six, grandfather of 21 and great-grandfather of three, my mission is to make certain our family lives up to human dignity, never down to human degradation based on race.

Our great country has some urgent work to do.

James Keough, Cape Coral

Yes to standard time year round

Thank you for your well-written editorial Saturday, March 27, supporting standard time year round. I have been supporting that proposal for years. There are two points I would like to add to the argument.

Before the Uniform Time Act of 1966, Florida was on standard time year round. It made for cooler evenings, and people seemed to be able to cope with the summer heat easier.

During the energy crunch of the 1970s, there was an opinion that staying on daylight time for the winter would save energy, so there was a bill passed that made it the law in 1974. It was popular until the first winter passed, and then it became unpopular, as people found they were more tired, children were being hurt and killed at higher rates going to school in the dark, and the energy savings did not materialize as was predicted.

Florida can vote for year-round standard time without congressional approval and for sure has my vote. 

John Rowland, Lehigh Acres

‘Children going to school in the dark’

Three cheers for the editorial supporting permanent standard time. Studies have indicated no electricity is saved with daylight saving time. It is unsafe to have children going to school in the dark. In the Midwest, sunrise is almost 8 a.m. on standard time. Arizona has standard time all year round. People can adjust.

Virginia Davidsaver, Fort Myers

A Trojan horse for new beach hotel?

The Athens Group, developer of ultra-luxurious hotels, has used the Trojan horse ruse to cement its position as the presumptive buyer of the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The $250 million acquisition is expected to close in May. 

The property encompasses 125 acres, including an 18-hole golf course redesigned in 2016. Jack Nicklaus was the golf course designer and John Sanford the architect. 

The Watkins family, generational owners of the “Club,” wanted the buyers to maintain the 18-hole golf course, open space and be sensitive to the environment.

The Athens Group obtained variances and entitlements from the City Council. The issue of assuring open space in perpetuity was not adequately resolved. Input from the residents near the “Club” was minimal.

One evening a Trojan horse, apparently staffed by The Athens Group, was quietly rolled into the “Club” complex. The “Club” staff thought it odd but assumed it was part of the amusement park that was rumored to be built but not specifically approved. 

Other odd things were happening during that evening. An electrical engineer appeared on site planning for new, intense lighting on South Golf Drive. 

But what really perplexed the “Club” staff was when one of the buyer’s planning team named Achilles opened a box containing new golf course signage. The signage for holes 11 through 18 were taken out of a crate and tossed into a garbage bin.

Hey, it is only business, colored by Greek mythology.

Harry Dounchis, Naples

Democracy or military takeover?

U.S. democracy is going down the tubes. The only surprise is it took so long. Government “by the people” usually fails mainly because humans are neither smart enough nor moral enough to make it work.


Witness what’s happening in the U.S. today. Lies and conspiracy mumbo jumbo are the basis for establishing new laws. What a joke! Truth, personal integrity, honor and science are on the back burner. And not surprisingly, religion has prostituted the basic tenets of their moral beliefs to accept and support many obvious mistruths. 

If the current political atmosphere in the U.S. doesn’t change, bring on a military takeover? I don’t think the majority of people would mind.

Henry S. Kolesinski, Naples

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