| Naples Daily News
‘Civilized enough to be civil?’
I wasn’t really thrilled with either major party’s nominee, so I made my decision based on party platform. I preferred my choice but realized I might have to live under the other.
We might end up with a liberal-leaning president and Senate. What is beautiful about America is that we would have a conservative Supreme Court to check and balance.
Where will you be after the election? Still not talking to the other Americans and, worse, not listening.
My father escaped the Nazis and reminded me he was persecuted because of a label given to him. He said that was bearable until the hatred became state-sponsored and permissible. Please research some of the claims, rumors and allegations against the Trump and Biden families. Don’t spread what you hear until you are sure it did not begin at the computer of a Russian or Chinese agent. To read “Liberals (or conservatives) are criminals” is a big generalization.
The need for acrimony is gone. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be managed. Are we not civilized enough to be civil?
Richard Stein, Bonita Springs
‘Reject’ condo towers near beach
One Naples should have been rejected at its inception. The (proposed) project would exacerbate an already intolerable traffic problem along Vanderbilt Beach Road from U.S. 41 to the Gulf and along Vanderbilt Drive (in North Naples).
It also would create a gated fortress that would exclude the public and appropriate public streets and essential parking spaces.
It would eliminate essential businesses and foreclose the possibility of adding more local services.
The project (would be on) an awkward agglomeration of parcels, some jointly owned, and it would be an odd configuration of structures and facilities.
The developer is well known for its homes but has little, if any, experience with high-rise developments. The developer’s inexperience and the ill-conceived nature of the project raise the risk of failure that could scar the community.
The developer’s threat that if it can’t get needed waivers, it will punish the county by building something “of right” is dangerous, childish and nonsense. While the developer writes a fairy tail of another Mercato, the reality would be a series of small commercial businesses that serve the local community and reduce traffic, not worsen it.
The developer’s financial clout raises the specter of this ill-conceived project avoiding an objective review by the county.
Dg Brown, North Naples
Counting votes used to be slower
Americans have come to expect election results on Election Day before we go to bed. But that kind of instant transmission of information is modern, not part of our country’s DNA.
For much of our history, we did not have phones, radios, televisions, etc. When news had to travel by stagecoach, Pony Express, or on foot, voting and vote counting went on for a good long while.
The election of 1800 had Federalist John Adams running against Thomas Jefferson, a Democratic-Republican. Each party believed if the other won, the country would be at an end. Voting started Nov. 2 and the winner was not known until Dec. 5.
Our nation survived and thrived. Our system worked. It will work again. Let’s all take a deep breath, trust the system and prepare to wait.
(From an 85-year-old voter.)
Dory Rooker, Fort Myers
Help to reduce domestic violence
October was (national) Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On average, 53 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner each month, according to Everytownresearch.org.
Over 1 million women alive today have been shot or shot at by their partner. In more than 50% of mass shootings over the last decade, an intimate partner or family member was shot during the rampage.
We know the ongoing pandemic, the surge in gun sales, and the severe economic downturn are making this public health crisis far worse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reported a 9% increase in contacts from March to May 2020.
Our federal and state lawmakers need to take the following steps:
1) Require background checks on all gun sales, including unlicensed online gun sales.
2) Close the “boyfriend” loophole that enables abusive boyfriends and convicted stalkers to evade identification as domestic abusers, allowing guns in their hands.
3) Enact and/or strengthen emergency risk-protection orders, also known as red flag laws, so guns can be removed temporarily from abusive situations before there is a tragedy.
I am grateful to the shelters and hotlines that continue to support victims of domestic violence during this challenging time. Their work is more important than ever as we face the uncertainty ahead.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline and talk confidentially to a trained advocate 24/7 or connect online at thehotline.org.
Kathleen Muniz, East Naples