| Naples Daily News
Cult ‘images of the past repeat’
My parents took me to see the great leader who had come to campaign in our hometown to make Germany great again. The people cheered him on. Flags were everywhere. No one feared the loss of democracy in the process. The enemy was cloaked under the word communism.
Fascism was the opposite of communism, but both systems advocated rule over many by a handful of insiders.
Fast forward to the cult of Trump. When I see the signs, the flags, the radicals and thugs who defend the great leader under some skewed concept of patriotism and nationalism, I see images of the past repeating.
I don’t know whether it is lack of education or plain stupidity that causes these folks to side with dictators in advocating the demise of democracy in our country. About 75 million (voters) said “no” in order to save democracy.
In my native country it went the other way. Right after Hitler took power, government agents went door to door, looking for his enemies. They arrested socialists, communists, trade union leaders and others who had spoken out against the party. Democracy was dead and concentration camps were built to house socialists. The con had worked, as it almost did here.
Fred Rump, Golden Gate Estates
Thanksgiving meals to those in need
For the past 19 years, the Lamb of God Church has been serving and delivering turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day. These volunteer efforts over the years have totaled more than 76,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need in Lee and Collier counties. Since 2009, the average number of dinners is 6,400.
This year, because of the dangers of the (corona)virus, the committee leaders had to conceive a different plan. Rather than cook, carve and package about 500 turkeys, they are providing a coupon for a turkey and stuffing at any Publix store.
All the other “fixings” will be prepared at the church, as in the past, but the recipients will have to pick up the dinner packages during the three days before Thanksgiving. The “fixings” involve about 8,000 pounds of side dishes, including over 200 cases of yams, corn, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce and apple pie.
The revised process dramatically reduces the hundreds of volunteers needed for preparation and delivery, while keeping all involved safely protected from the virus.
Special thanks to this small Lutheran and Episcopal Church (just north of Estero Parkway) and all the planners, organizers and volunteers for making Thanksgiving so special for thousands of local families. Thanks be to God for this magnificent display of kindness and generosity!
Al Meyer, Estero
‘Now have hope for a better future’
With tears in my eyes and pride in my heart, I watched and listened to the speech by President-elect Biden on Saturday. I now have hope for a better future for our country, a future that does not include denigrating physically challenged people, demeaning members of the opposing political party, or demoralizing people suffering from the pandemic.
Decades ago, I had no fear of which party would occupy the White House. No matter what their beliefs, they were all Americans and would not do anything to hurt our country and democracy. Let us now return to those times. Let us all listen to each other and work together. Let us overcome COVID-19; improve the economy for all; protect our planet for future generations; and seek new horizons to improve education, health care and equal rights for all.
Joy Sokeitous, Fort Myers area
Form independent panel on election?
It is very important that all of us feel we have fair, honest and open elections. There are many rumors currently floating around about issues with our recent election. Spreading these rumors is not healthy for our country, but it is equally important that these rumors are not just ignored. They should be answered to reassure the public that we had a fair and honest election.
I can’t repeat all of these rumors and allegations, but one judge dismissing a suit to allow monitoring of ballot counting in Philadelphia and an appeal judge overturning this dismissal is not healthy. An apparent error in the actual reporting of presidential votes in a Michigan county is not healthy. And it does raise questions when in every one of six contested states in the presidential election (Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada and Alaska) the late-counted ballots were significantly to Joe Biden’s advantage, while in Arizona — a state already (called for) Biden — the late count was in Trump’s favor. This has to raise questions as to what actually happened.
I do not favor protracted litigation of the results, but the American public needs to be reassured that our elections can be believed. An independent commission to review what happened should be formed and report to all Americans to reassure us this past election was fair and honest.
Ron Wobbeking, North Naples