Letters to editor for Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Readers write about school instruction during COVID pandemic, vaccinations and masks in letters…

Letters to editor for Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1
Letters to editor for Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2

Kudos for helping Lee schools function

As we all hope that the worst of COVID-19 is behind us, we should take pause and thank the Lee County School District for stepping up to a challenge.

Faced with a worsening pandemic in the first half of 2020, Lee schools assembled a 2020-21 plan that offered options of safe in-school learning, distance learning and home schooling to families. 

Last fall our public schools opened and they have stayed open, now moving toward completing a successful year. This was accomplished while many public school systems across the country remained shuttered with myriad excuses for their failures, preventing students from getting a quality education.

Lee’s success could not have happened without the focused effort of everyone. Kudos to our board, superintendent, administrative staff, principals, teachers, the teachers’ union, all sorts of support staffs and their unions, and students and parents for coming together for our community.

Steve Shimp, Fort Myers area

No luck switching site for second shot

We made a mistake. After two months of religiously attempting to nail a local vaccine appointment, we gave up and snatched one at Publix in Gainesville. The next week local appointments were available, but we kept our (appointment at the) site 267 miles away, one way. 

During the interim, we attempted to receive the second shot closer. After contacting Publix and the government sites, there simply was no path to do so. Fortunately, my appointment is in Arcadia, and that’s doable, but we are in a snit that we need to again drive to Gainesville. I doubt we are alone at age 82 in attempting to stay in Lee County.

The fanfare is all about receiving the first shot, but I have seen nothing on TV or in the newspaper about similar problems attempting to switch the second shot to a different location.

Here’s to next year and better decisions, including ours.

Jan Nieman, Fort Myers area

Flags lowered to honor COVID victims

The flags at Lee Health were flown at half-staff (recently). This was done at the request of President Biden to honor those who had died of COVID-19 after the solemn milestone of 500,000 lives lost. At the time, a letter to the editor stated the flags were lowered because of the death of a conservative radio personality. That was not accurate.

Lee Health is a not-for-profit health care system, publicly owned by and for the residents of Lee County. As a member of its board of directors, I can assure you that the health system is nonpartisan.

Dr. Stephen Brown, M.D., Sanibel

Why advocate against wearing mask?

As I walked into Staples (a week ago) I was confronted by a middle-age woman who asked me if I would answer a question: “Are you going to wear a mask when you go into the store?”

I answered in the affirmative and she responded, “Why? Don’t you know that they don’t work.”

I was both puzzled and annoyed. I asked what business was it of hers what I do. 

All she said was: “They don’t work, so why are you doing it?”

I shook my head and walked away, but I thought about why I  wear a mask in the absence of any clear evidence that I know of that they don’t help, either a lot or a little.

I am in my late 70s, as is my wife. She has a serious lung condition and many of our relatives, friends and neighbors are in similar compromised states. We have become overly sensitive to the possibility we could contract the virus or spread it to others. We would hate to live with the idea that our failure to wear a mask in close quarters could result in our being responsible for the death of a loved one or friend.

I would ask this woman and her cohorts who appear to advocate mask-lessness how they would feel should they find out that someone who is gullible enough to believe them decides to stop wearing a mask and that results in loss of life related to COVID. There is no reason these people cannot just act as they choose without imposing their unfounded opinions on others in a parking lot.

David Mahoney, Naples

Others should admit vote-fraud lie too

Now that one of former President Trump’s primary “Stop the steal” advocates, attorney Sydney Powell, has admitted in court documents that “no reasonable person” would believe her malarkey, isn’t it about time that others who have been spouting similar fictions follow her precedent and acknowledge they were peddling garbage.


The list includes attorneys such as Rudy Giuliani and Lin Wood, next door in Georgia, and pillow maker Mike Lindell, among others. Then the contrition ought to be taken up by their enablers, some well-known Republican politicians, including some here in Florida, and FOX TV, among others complicit in facilitating and spreading Powell’s voting virus.

 Marshall H. Tanick, North Naples

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