Multiracial courage; political cowardice
Thousands of Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for democracy to survive threats both foreign and domestic. Those Americans were White, Black, Latino, Native American with multiple religious beliefs.
The Donald Trumps, Governor DeSantis, and multiple state governments have chosen to honor these heroes and surviving family members by doing everything they can do to prevent them from casting a ballot. Maybe they should take a trip out to the Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and send a note down to the entombed sailors and marines letting them know what Trump democracy is all about; while Donald’s bone spurs kept him out of action.
Perhaps we should have a national day of celebration in honor of the feckless, spineless eunuchs we call our national representatives who felt a bipartisan commission to investigate the Trump-led Jan. 6 riot could possibly endanger the midterm election chances for the GOP. What do you suppose the response would have been if the rioters were people of color?
Maybe it’s time for America to remember its roots and remember that everyone, that’s everyone, counts.
Instead of remembering your COVID shot was predicated on your ZIP code or what donor list your name is listed.
Lastly let’s take time to thank those honorable Republican election officials who had the courage to tell it like it is, exposing Trumps election theft fantasy. Trump lost, period.
Kenneth Finegan, Naples
Critical race discussion welcomed
I applaud your bold and important decision to have Dr. Ted Thornhill write a monthly column, “The Racial Reality.”
As a Black resident of both Collier and Lee counties for more than 20 years, racism is alive and, unfortunately, has become more blatantly demonstrated. I am looking forward to Dr. Thornhill’s column addressing racism directly, no sugar-coating; critical race discussion is way past due. As a society, we must all be accountable for our interactions as human beings. Hopefully, his column will encourage some people think and act differently,
As a show of support, I will be subscribing to your newspaper and will ask others to do the same.
Kim C. Artis, Bonita Springs
Recognize reality of racism
A recent letter to the editor, (Blacks not oppressed in America, June 4), stated that “whites should be praised for their unprecedented example of racial goodwill.” The implication being that racism, if it does exist at all in American society, is minimal. There are many indications that is not an uncommon view.
It is as if someone lives on an island, encircled by an ocean and says, “I don’t see any salt, so therefore none exists in the water.” But if that person then immerses himself/herself in the encroaching ocean, perceptions would be quickly overtaken by the reality of the salty taste and the briny residue.
So to the extent that racism exists, we have to get beyond our own islands in terms of what we think we see, and recognize the reality of the salty ocean that surrounds us.
Manny Cacciola, Fort Myers
Hypocrisy of ‘cancel culture’ crowd
The same people yelling about “cancel culture” are the same ones pushing to cancel any discussion of racism in America. They do not want the concept of racism taught in schools, nor at FGCU, and do not want a columnist in the Naples Daily News opining about racism in America.
A June 4, Naples Daily News article reported on an issue that is the subject of FBI warnings, that supporters and members of white supremacist, antigovernment and other extremist groups are working in law enforcement, even after being outed. The article cites reports that black people are three times more likely to be killed than white people. This is a clear security threat to all Americans.
The best part of American culture is that of our First Amendment. Included in First Amendment freedoms are free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press. That means a free discussion of all American culture, the good, bad and ugly.
Rather than complain about raising the issue of racism in America, we should be respecting and listening to most Black Americans, who think that racism is a problem for them that is getting worse, not better. Stop trying to cancel them.
Judy Freiberg, Naples
Dr. Thornhill column appreciated
Thank you for offering Dr. Thornhill’s column in your newspaper. It is important to have a variety of viewpoints on issues that are important current issues.
Helene Scolnick, Bonita Springs
Trump divides USA, diminishes GOP
Every President from Washington to Obama has strived to unite this great country in war and in peace. That is their job. Donald Trump, unfortunately, has done a great job of completely dividing this country. Even his own party has no clue which direction to take.
Simply ask Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney and John Kasich. And these are not GOP lightweights. Romney was the GOP presidential nominee who Trump said walked like a penguin. Liz Cheney’s father was vice president under George W. Bush and John Kasich was governor for the GOP state of Ohio.
Let me summarize with this simple fact. Donald Trump recently stated, in response to his possible indictment in New York, I will fight this because I will not abandon the 74 million Americans who voted for me. Donald, you just admitted that you lost the election because 81 million voted for Joe Biden.
You lost, Donald. Get over it as most of your party has except for your base who like lemmings will follow you over the cliff. Allow the GOP to once again become the Grand Old Party it once was under Lincoln and Reagan.
Gerald Curcuru, Fort Myers
Stop the left-wing hate
I am sick of people being offended. I am offended they are offended. I am offended at being attacked every time I read the paper or turn on most news stations or from every Hollywood wanna-be or every “woke” corporate head.
For over the last four years I have been called the following names just for being a Republican woman: smelly Walmart shopper, pearl-clutching, gun-toting, Bible-clinging, despicable person, cult member and racist are the few that can be published. Others are too bad to publish. I could go on and on.
I am one veteran woman who is sick and tired of the one-sidedness that is put out to the public by the media. Stop the “woke” hate. Just stop promoting hate on all the left-wing media platforms. Enough is enough!
Easter Wiles, Cape Coral
Find a better way to grow
Why are Collier County residents’ safety, livelihood and property being destroyed, by landowners, just for their profit?
Constantly rezoning to increase density and height of units, using credits to build near and in panther habitat, destroying wildlife and water fowl environments. Only concern, profit.
These major constructions should have more public notification and be held when the public can respond.
Collier County needs to find a better way to grow, without panther habitat destruction or endangering the residents that live here.
Rae Ann Burton, Naples