Impact fees and campaign donations
In his letter of June 9, the writer bemoans the discounted impact fees our county commissioners levy on developers in Lee County. Impact fees are used to build and upgrade roads, parks and other amenities to accommodate the increased pressures resulting from residents moving into newly built developments. When these fees are low as ours are (actually less than half of where they should be), Lee County taxpayers must make up the deficit.
The writer cited “political friendship” among our commissioners and developers as a factor in all this. Women For a Better Lee recently completed an in-depth analysis of April, 2021 high dollar ($500+) campaign donors to commissioner Cecil Pendergrass and found that 62.7 percent of his total donations originated with those directly or indirectly connected to development interests. One donor was the beneficiary of Comprehensive Plan changes that allowed increased commercial uses of its land in the DR/GR.
So does this “political friendship” work? What do you think? Go to www.lee.vote, click on “campaign reports” and judge for yourself.
Charlotte Newton, Fort Myers
Some believe anything Trump says
I just read that the recent Politico poll predicts that 30 percent of Republicans expect Trump to be reinstated as president in August. This speaks volumes of the acumen, or level of understanding of our democratic political system, and that they’ll believe anything that Trump says.
Roger W. Quagliano, Estero
What’s the greater terrorist threat?
In April of this year, in his Joint Session of Congress, and as reported in this paper, President Biden said “white supremacists have replaced jihadists as ‘most lethal terrorist threat’ to U.S.” The president provides no support or data for his claim.
If he took a look, he’d find that urban terrorism is a lethal threat to citizens of the U.S. and it exists in cities throughout the U.S. In cities like New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Oakland, Minneapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Portland and Seattle, crime has risen significantly since the death of George Floyd and the defund the police movement. Fewer cops do not equate to less crime, and they are retiring or quitting at alarming rates. The criminal activities were described as mostly peaceful protests by the press. No way would they describe white supremacy activities in that manner. President Biden spend your energy on ending these activities where it is affecting hard-working citizens.
White supremacy groups exist. Are they a more lethal threat to the U.S. than jihadists? I don’t think so, but President Biden should be more forthcoming in making these comments and provide context or data to support them.
Nick Blauwiekel, Naples
City of Naples should address airport noise
People in some Naples communities say it’s getting too loud, and it’s not their next-door neighbors causing the noise.
It’s not just schools and houses near Naples Municipal Airport suffering from the noise. Anywhere under the flight path, 15 hours a day, noise from the engines or propellers of the planes and jets disturbs sleep, play, study and the enjoyment of outdoors.
In 2021 during the pandemic was the noisiest ever because jet traffic and landing procedures changed.
The airport knows it’s impacting people’s quality of life. According to Community Engagement representative at Naples Airport it will take approximately 12 more months to get minor mitigation strategies approved by the FAA. “Things you look at to change are flight procedures looking at which runways are used, the altitudes procedures, the flight paths and things that cause the aircraft to have an impact on people in the community,” said the representative.
The City of Naples could make immediate changes to reduce congestion of the over-capacity airport.
Mary Tatigian, Naples
COVID threatens progress in education
The education crisis brought on by COVID-19 threatens historic progress made by communities globally to get millions more children in school. Urgent action is needed so the COVID-19 education crisis does not become a catastrophe for an entire generation.
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) marshals global resources for national education plans. GPE and its partners now have a five-year, $5 billion plan to support child education in lower-income countries, aiding recovery from the pandemic. This investment will educate 175 million children, lift 18 million people out of poverty and save 3 million lives.
America can and must lead this effort. A bold pledge of $1 billion for five years will show that the U.S. is committed to working with the global community to ensure every child can reach their potential.
Alexis Maestre-Saborit, Fort Myers