More evidence of political gain
Our governor has once again distorted an issue for political gain. He has declared a “State of Emergency” in response to the Colonial Pipeline shut down. Most of Florida’s fuel is delivered via ship, and the pipeline has little to do with fuel shortages. But, he has stated the federal government is negligent in taking care of Floridians, and he has made the panic buying of fuel even worse.
Just as he backed legislation to limit the ability of citizens to protest peacefully and allow violent actions against those protesters if someone feels “threatened”. Just as he wants to limit our ability to vote, in spite of his declarations a few months ago that Florida was the model of how to run a secure election.
It is of concern when a governor distorts the truth, and will probably get lots of votes, for his cynical actions. His actions have real consequences, in spite of him using legislation in the game of political ambition.
Dan England, Punta Gorda
Another DeSantis critic
In a recent “Another View”, editors of the South Florida Sun Sentinel offer an accurate portrayal of the alarming behavior of Governor DeSantis as he preens over the passage of the law making it harder for Floridians to vote.
Faced by challenges such as environmental threats and economic disparity, our Florida legislature — at the Governor’s insistence — focused their energies on suppressing votes. Supervisors of Election across the state report the 2020 election was fair and free of misdeeds, yet DeSantis and his Republican Legislative cronies — without evidence — seek to limit voting access.
The Governor flaunted his power while shepherding this unnecessary and burdensome legislation. He signed the law — something that impacts all of us — in a partisan setting with only the notoriously pro-GOP “Fox & Friends” allowed. After signing the law, he refused questions. Other reporters were excluded from the room. In the Sunshine state with “sunshine law’s” implying open, non-partisan citizen access, the Governor’s shameful disdain for openness and transparency is appalling.
The League of Women Voters have already filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new law.
Our Florida election for Governor is in November 2022. For some of us, that day can’t come soon enough.
William Tucker, Punta Gordon
My wife, my guardian angel
It is said and many believe that when you are born you have a spiritual guardian angel that helps protect you throughout your lifetime. I believe that is true. I also believe some people, like myself have been blessed to have two guardian angels — one spiritual and the other my wife, Bonnie. She has looked over me and protected me for the past 35 years with every fiber in her body through the good, bad, and a lot of ugly. She is a retired nurse that has more compassion in her hand than most people have in their whole body.
A lot of people go through life without ever meeting or marrying the perfect mate like I have had in my life. Without her I would have not been able to jump through all the hoops and down falls that comes along in everyone’s life. I truly have won something better than the lottery, “I won Bonnie.”
Daniel Emerick, Fort Myers
Held hostage by ‘devices’
No Internet, Cable TV or WIFI for two days
I can no longer check e-mail, send messages, watch the news or any television, can’t browse the internet, can’t talk to Alexa or SIRI.
I don’t know when a package is delivered or someone is at the front door since my doorbell camera no longer works, our outside lights don’t come on automatically, the fountain no longer turns on or off automatically , I need to physically go to the thermostat and change the temperature, I can’t tell how hot it is outside without going outside since our WIFI thermostat can’t communicate and keeps sending warning messages that it lost connections to the internet, the irrigation system is sending warning messages, lights outside the house don’t turn on automatically since there’s no WIFI, can’t communicate with our garage door, can’t stream movies. I actually had to read a book and go to the Lions Club to get a jigsaw puzzle.
I know I could use my phone for cellular service, but Verizon just sent a message that I’m out of data and I need to buy more. Our dependence on telecommunications is absolutely incredible. Thank goodness for our real newspaper personally delivered to our driveway. Think I need to go for a walk!
Frank Schwartz, Bonita Springs
More ‘praise’ for Trump
In response to Richard W. Metz, Fort Myers “Praise for Trump.” Nice letter but Mr. Metz forgot to include all the other great accomplishments by former President Trump during his four years in office. Dividing the nation, citing and encouraging an insurrection on our beloved Capitol. Spreading the big lie that the election was stolen from him.
Separating young children from their mothers crossing the border seeking asylum, pulling out of The Paris Climate Accord, ignoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Building a wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for, The list goes on and on.
Larry McDonald, Naples