Letters to editor for Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Readers write about trying to get COVID-19 vaccinations in SW Florida and other…

Letters to editor for Tuesday, March 9, 2021 1
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‘Why not term limits in Congress?’

I just read Gene Greenburg’s excellent column on term limits (published Sunday, March 7, in The News-Press). It seems both political parties are in a grudge fight. There is too much adversarial history in both parties. You did this to us, so we are going to do it to you. If you want this, we are against it. It’s like children in a schoolyard.

Congress’ approval rating is terrible. It has gone up from the teens to 30%, plus or minus 5 percentage points, depending on the poll.

It’s said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, yet we re-elect the same people to Congress and expect Congress do better.

One reason George Washington refused a third term as president was he didn’t want the president to become equivalent to a king.

Why not term limits in Congress?

Citizen politicians not career politicians.

Tom Lundrigan, Fort Myers

Vet frustrated in vaccination pursuit

It’s almost impossible to get a COVID-19 vaccination in Lee County.

The Publix site is difficult to use and frustrating because the process often is ended by a message saying sorry, someone else already got that time slot. Your following efforts often end the same way, until all the slots are gone.

If you think that’s frustrating and turn to Veterans Affairs for a vaccination, you are in for another surprise if your income is above average. I’m an 83-year-old Vietnam veteran who had a VA vaccination appointment, but it was canceled by a VA letter stating my ineligibility for benefits due to my income level.

Funny thing is, during my military years, no one ever said I wouldn’t be qualified for later veterans’ benefits if I were to become too successful as a civilian. I suppose next I will be informed I can’t be buried at a National Cemetery because I earned too much money as a civilian after my military career.

I can’t remember anyone being overpaid in the military. Most, did their duty, followed orders and believed in what they were dong and what our country stood for. No one ever said, hey, don’t earn too much money later or they will take away your benefits. 

Bill Douglas, Fort Myers area

COVID vaccinations for veterans

I am a veteran registered with the Cape Coral VA clinic. I received my first COVID vaccination with very little effort.

You must be registered with the VA medical system, and you must be at least 65.

Don’t call the local clinic. Call 727-395-2400 (“the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s COVID call center,” according to the recorded reply — editor’s note).

The vaccine is given at the Cape Coral location. You do not leave your vehicle. You will be directed to a parking spot and will receive your shot while seated in your vehicle. You will wait for 15 minutes in the same spot.

I called on a Friday and waited about 15 minutes to get through. My appointment was on the following Monday. I was there for less than one hour. This is a good system.

Douglas Smith, Bonita Springs

Give money or food to poor people?

Men and women on corners holding signs, hungry and no jobs. Several friends have stopped and offered jobs on the spot: ‘Get in my truck and I will give you employment.”

“Nope, only money for my kids.”

I purchased high-energy peanut butter and honey crackers. I hand them out. What a frown I see.

Wake up, Lee County. Money is for drugs; food is for family. So when you see these “starving” folks, give food, not money. I saw a man in a big truck give a pizza — that’s it. Feed the street walkers, give to their families and not their drug addictions. Get those crackers ready to hand out. Yes, feed drug addicts’ kids.

Lavanda Bailey, Fort Myers area

Where COVID relief money ends up

I don’t understand why Republicans are against COVID relief money going into the hands of the poor and needy. It’s certainly not going to stay in their hands. It’s not like the poor and needy are going to use the money to invest in the stock market and parlay it into monetary gains.

The bulk of whatever aid dollars come their way will be used to pay down delinquent debts owed to the ruling class of owners and purveyors of goods and services. The flow of those massive relief dollars will come to rest in the hands of those who benefited from the other guy’s tax cuts for the rich and will be invested in the stock market to be parlayed into more monetary gains. There doesn’t seem to ever be a scenario where the rich don’t get richer.

J.R. Cant, Naples

White nationalists are ‘greatest threat’

FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was appointed by the Trump administration, made it very clear at the Capitol hearing last week that far-right Republican hate groups, such as neo-Nazis, other white supremacists, and state militia individuals are the greatest threat to America and our democracy. 

They were among the traitors who invaded the Capitol on Jan.6, and some who participated in that insurrection were conspiracy lunatics who believe in Qanon. They have to be the dumbest people on Earth. They believed that Trump would be declared president again March 4. Even many evangelicals believed the nonsense. Now they won’t know what to believe. 

So many Republicans still believe in the big lie that the last election was stolen from Trump, who is the greatest liar in America. It doesn’t help that Trump has made most Republicans in Congress liars on the election results in 2020.

Please wake up, America.

E. L. “Bud” Ruff, Naples-Marco area

Veteran, 91, needs help to get vaccine

I’m a 91-year-old disabled U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. I signed up for the COVID vaccination at the VA in Naples, but they want to send me to the VA clinic in Cape Coral. Because of my age, I can’t drive that far, and the VA transportation service is not functioning because of the pandemic.

Many younger veterans were able to get both COVID vaccinations at the VA in Naples, but I can’t get even one. I hope someone can assist me with this problem.

Heinz Wartski, East Naples

‘Hospitals need more vaccine’

I am an 87-year-old full-time resident of Collier County. I am trying desperately to be vaccinated, but because I have a history of anaphylaxis to an injectable drug, I am denied a place in line through the Collier County website. I am told, and I agree, that I should get my vaccination at a hospital. Therein is the problem.

The NCH system has had no vaccine supply for two months. They don’t know when they will get it. They do not have a way to pre-register without having available vaccine. I am told to keep calling. I have called every day for two months with no success.

I am not able to drive long distances but could drive to either of the local NCH hospitals once they get a supply of vaccine. I have been living like a hermit for over a year. The hospitals need more vaccine for people like me, and I don’t understand why they can’t get it. Can someone help?


Estelle Zarowin, North Naples

Wife 76 but can’t get COVID shot

I am wondering how many 65 and older citizens from Collier, Charlotte and Lee counties will support Gov. DeSantis for re-election. 

My wife, who is 76 and not in good health — breast cancer, lung cancer and back surgery — cannot even get her first shot through Publix, Florida’s COVID vaccine support line or even Millennium Physician Group. Where should she go to get help? I got both of my COVID-19 shots at the VA a month ago.

David Danenhower, St. James City

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