Where has the mail gone?
Lost any mail lately? if so, you are not alone. Ever since Louis DeJoy was appointed U.S. postmaster general, then on the job in June, by the board of governors, things have changed. DeJoy Immediately made sweeping changes to the postal service including eliminating employee overtime, removing mail-sorting machines around the country, reorganized and in some cases eliminated postal service leadership positions all together.
My husband is a CPA and many communications have simply disappeared. Certified mail, birthday cards sent over a year ago, disappeared. So, I ask, why does this man who came into the position and desecrated a functioning U.S. operation still have this job? President Biden has nominated three new people to the board of governors who elect the postmaster general. Maybe they will oust him and confirm someone who might think that our postal system is worth saving. We certainly do.
Debra Hodroff, Estero
Didn’t care for cartoon
The DeSantis cartoon on Thursday’s opinion page is just idiotic.
John Strickling, Fort Myers
Let’s get at the truth
Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate minority leader, and Kevin McCarthy, minority leader of the House of Representatives are suffering from amnesia.
On January 6, 2021, when a mob inspired and organized by Trump and led by murderous neo-Nazis stormed the Capitol with the intent of killing Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney and whoever else they could lay their hands on, McConnell and McCarthy expressed public outrage at the attempted assassination of America. The insurrectionists wanted to replace our government for, by and of the people with a dictatorship of ignorance and lies.
However, now obsessed with an insatiable lust for power, McConnell, McCarthy and their apologist ilk have forgotten all about of that. They don’t want to know anything more about what happened that day and how it came about. They want us to collude with them in canceling any effort to comprehend the worst act of domestic terrorism in Washington since the infamous traitor and coward, John Wilkes Booth, shot Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head. They want us to wear Melania’s jacket: “I Don’t Care. Do you?”
Our representative, Bryon Donalds, and our senators, Rubio and Scott, are right there with them. Time to move on, right?
Wrong. Time to pull the Band-Aid off the festering puss of right-wing hate and nationalism that almost killed the United States and continues to yearn to do so every moment of the day.
Let’s just say no to these cynical sycophants. Let’s get at the truth. Subpoena McCarthy. Subpoena all the toadies who colluded with this plot. And, for God’s sake, subpoena Donald Trump.
Michael Sales, Naples
Blaming Israel misguided
The hostilities between Gaza driven by terrorists Hamas and the state of Israel began with rocket and mortar fire from Hamas at civilian Israeli targets. Israel returned fire targeting military targets. AOC and other misguided of the far, far left blame Israel. How can Hamas terrorists fire 4,000 rockets from the sanctity of schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods and still hold the high road, the moral north star. Simple, they do not. This is terrorism.
Siding with the underdog can be noble. It is not with Gaza. Yes there are legitimate grievances which mostly stem from the Hamas government’s agenda, which steals from foreign nations, its people and preserves hegemony through fear, poverty and murder.
Harvey Cohen, Naples
GOP must ditch Trump cult
Yes, Donald Trump’s organization is a cult. As with other cult leaders, James Jones of Guyana, Adolph Hitler and Charles Manson of California, cult followers ended up in jail or dead. In spite of Trump’s lawsuits in many states to sustain his presidency, judges universally, even Trump’s appointees, found the election to have been fair and that Biden had won. Yet Trump continues with his dangerous lies. Similarly, James Jones led his cult members to their deaths from cyanide poisoning.
What will it take to loosen Trump’s hold on his cult followers? Might new criminal charges mean that he will appear in court in handcuffs and a striped jumpsuit? William Barr hid the evidence in the Mueller report of ten Trump felonies of obstructing justice. Might a 150-year prison sentence loosen Trump’s hold on his cult followers?
The USA needs two high-quality political parties to thrive; now we have one and Trump’s cult. Fortunately, we have leaders like Liz Cheney and others whose character rings true about Trump’s lies and his leadership in the Jan. 6 riotous mob attacking our Capitol. Will they now break free from Trump’s cult to rebuild the Republican Party?
William Pettinger M.D., Bonita Springs