Florida officers at border political theater
News flash. Florida county officers might be headed to Texas and Arizona to assist in border control in a plea for help from governors of Texas and Arizona. In 1924 the federal government became totally responsible for our nation’s border security. Under the INA revision in 2001 some very limited authority is given to local officers to involve themselves in border enforcement.
This latest move from DeSantis and the other two governors does not come into play. In 2022 all three governors, Ducey from Arizona, Abbott from Texas and our very own DeSantis are up for re-election. I think politics is the driving force behind this charade. Our taxes are better served by keeping our officers in our state handling Florida crimes.
George Hopgood, Cape Coral
Pushback on social media law editorial
Regarding your editorial from Carl Szabo June 16, Mr. Szabo contradicted himself in his second paragraph. He claims SB7072 will “restrict free speech” then immediately tells us why his clients should be allowed to restrict free speech “that goes against their chosen guidelines.” Then he threw out the red herring of “pornography and scams.”
NetChoice is the legal hired gun for Facebook and if you look at their paid ads, you quickly understand, they have no problem hosting scams. I agree private companies have the right to not publish content that goes against their personal agendas but don’t say it has anything to do with free speech.
Greg Fretwell, Estero
Too many federal holidays
I see that Congress is going to establish another federal holiday. I would advise all high school and college graduates to apply for a job with the federal government. You hardly ever have to go to work! Every other day is a holiday. And people wonder why nothing gets done in government offices. There has to be a better way.
Dennis Miller, Fort Myers
Hospital, ambulance staff wonderful
I just wanted to thank the wonderful staff at Cape Coral Hospital on Del Prado.
Had an occasion to take a senior client to CCH for many issues. From the EMTs in the ambulance, to the ER staff, to all the specialists, nurses, PAs and doctors taking wonderful care of my client.
Just want to thank all of them for an excellent job that they all did with a smile!
Sherry Cottini, North Fort Myers
Governor’s COVID-19 priorities misplaced
Governor Ron has pardoned those brave people who risked prosecution for self-righteously refusing to mask to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus during this pandemic.
Perhaps next he can work on resurrecting those 37,265 souls who were exposed to the virus and so inconsiderate to die from COVID here in Florida.
Jon Seehawer, Cape Coral
Primary care doctor elusive
I am currently seeking my fifth primary care physician in the past three years. Three of them quit practicing with local hospitals’ physicians networks to go into concierge medicine.
I am a compliant patient with good insurance benefits. If I cannot find a primary care doctor without paying an exorbitant annual fee, there is little hope for those who cannot even afford insurance.
Georgia Howard, Naples
Teach history as unvarnished truth
By restricting teachers from honestly and accurately telling the history of America with its blemishes and triumphs we risk never being able to rise to the “beacon on the hill” to which some of us aspire.
Having taught science at undergraduate and graduate levels I can’t imagine being restricted to teach just the myth of creationism or not the truth of evolution critical to understanding the wonders of the evolved visual systems. Similarly failing to teach the truth about our broken treaties with native American tribes, or the complete horror of slavery and the prevailing impacts of these failures of humanity to “all men are created equal” is a real threat to the democracy that was initiated by our Constitution and is still in the process of evolution of “a more perfect union.”
Charles J. Theisen Jr., Ph.D., Naples
Too many unregulated guns
The epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. today is unconscionable.
I am personally fearful of going out to restaurants, theaters and public events, driving our streets and even shopping because of all of the violence. We have too many unregulated guns and angry, unhinged people.
What are our representatives in Tallahassee and Washington doing to limit guns and protect us? I follow all of their weekly updates and see nothing to help us other than to allow more guns and limit those who speak out.
Peaceful, unarmed people are not being protected. We all know this is the result of all the gun-lobby support of the politicians. It must stop.
Cynthia Cromwell, Naples