Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 10

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 10 1
Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 10 2

Headed toward wrong side of history

I strongly suspect that the primarily southern and mid-western Republicans who are striving to suppress voting in our democracy based on “The Big Lie” about the last election being stolen by voter fraud (for which no evidence exists) are going to soon learn they are on the wrong side of history.

More and more major businesses are lambasting these overt suppression efforts (as seen in Atlanta) which worked back in the late 1800s against minorities but are not going to work today. I’m surprised conservatives can’t grasp the fact that consumer-driven corporate America is going to support the vast majority of those consumers who are not conservative vote suppressors. Businesses are not going to shoot themselves in the foot by accepting these attacks on our democracy and face resulting boycotts and public relations disasters, no matter how much Republican leaders in red states threaten the tax incentives they offer these businesses.

The fact that Republicans appear to not understand macro-economics (economic growth/full employment/price stability) doesn’t come as a surprise as they continue to promote the idea of supply-side economics which thus far has only given us recessions and depressions. 

Doris Brown, Fort Myers

Voter ID fury

Why all the fury over voter ID? Why is it unreasonable to ask someone to identify themselves when voting. Our everyday life is full of instances where identification is required — checking into hotel, cashing a check, even buying a bottle of wine at Publix.

Discriminatory? Give me a break.

Bob Mastripolito Bonita Springs 

Vaccination Documentation

There have been times when vaccination documentation was required to participate in societal activities:

  • Evidence of a smallpox vaccination was required to enroll in first grade in 1954.
  • Evidence of smallpox, polio, TB, measles, mumps, chickenpox, diphtheria, and whooping cough vaccinations was required for my child to register for school in 1991.
  • Evidence of dengue and yellow fever ‘shots’ was required to travel to the rain forest in Ecuador in 2002.
  • The evidence was a public health requirement to protect those around us. I still carry my yellow vaccination card when I travel overseas.

While the diseases that those vaccinations protected us and others against were dangerous, they were not as deadly as the COVID-19 virus. I do not understand what the objection is to show evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination (a.k.a. “Vaccine passports”) to travel, attend large, crowded event such as sports arenas, concert halls, theme parks, etc. It just makes sense to protect the health of everyone who attends these crowded events.

Linda Lindquist, North Fort Myers 

Study has some holes

The Village of Estero should be commended for contracting with FGCU to conduct a Nutrient Source identification study for fecal indicator bacteria in the Estero River.

Unfortunately, the study raises more concern for its omissions than for its findings and conclusions. A heavy emphasis was placed on attempting to trace sources of fecal indicator bacteria (FIBs) back to individual and community septic systems while entirely disregarding the possibility of discharge sources such as leaking County utility sanitary sewer pipes and connections.

Furthermore, no weight was given to the possibility of fecal bacteria in the water column (whether originating in human or animal intestinal tracts) being fed and enhanced by the application of lawn fertilizer chemicals nitrogen and phosphorus, washed into the Estero River from property owners and HOAs that insist on fertilizing right up to the banks of the river, or whose fertilizer application is washed downstream by irrigation water that flows to drainage ditches eventually flushing into the river.

These factors should not be disregarded. A study titled: “Effects of Organic and Inorganic Nitrogen and Phosphorus on the Survivability of Fecal Coliform Bacteria in Two Watersheds in Wilmington, NC (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)” concluded that: “Many factors influence the survival or decline of fecal bacteria in the aquatic environment, this study showed that nutrient additions can positively influence bacteria survival and growth. Increased fertilizer-based nutrient loading into water bodies coupled with leaking or overflowing sewer systems has the potential to negatively influence the water quality…due to fecal contamination.” 

Patty Whitehead, Estero

Thank you Collier first-responders

I received my first COVID-19 Vaccine this morning after trying for months to schedule through “Ron’s scheduling procedure”. It must of been in the stars for me to schedule and be taken care of by the Collier County Emergency Services Department, not at a grocery or pharmacy.

A huge shout out to all the departments that took care of each and every person toda. Collier County should be proud of each individual personnel that puts there life on the line to take care of the Naples people.


Medical professionals do not get the recognition they deserve looking out for all of Collier County during this troubling time. They step in without thinking to take care of all of us, not for the money or the political recognition, so: Thank you to all Collier County EMS, Fire, Nurses, Drs. and all other medical professionals! 

Karen Meier, Naples

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