Letters to the editor for Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Saturday, June 19, 2021 1
Letters to the editor for Saturday, June 19, 2021 2

Republican hypocrisy ridiculous

I was truly shocked and dismayed by the events of Jan. 6. To hear Republicans say, let’s give these rioters a pass; they were simply caught up in the moment. One even stated he saw no difference in Jan. 6 and a “normal” tourist tour of “our” Capitol. Ridiculous! 

Now, even more ironic, Russian President Putin seemed to use the same type political (Republican) talking points while answering a reporter’s question! 

I, for one, will no longer be able to tolerate Republicans saying: Back the Blue and that Blue lives matter! If one must lie (a half truth is a whole lie) you have no point whatsoever!

Robert Jenkins, Naples

Allow people to be themselves

I am writing to generate support for those who are members of the LGBTQ community. I am saddened to have read that discrimination toward members of the LGBTQ community and the praising of swastikas are still occurring. Many members of the community have taken a stance to advocate for these LGBTQ members and show them they are not alone.

Many people who choose to express themselves are weary of receiving glares or even experience physical assaults. Bullying is a common denominator as to why people suffer from depression or anxiety. 

I would love to see parents teach their children that people are different. If more children and parents are aware of these differences and acknowledge them, many people will not have to suffer or hide their true selves. It is important to teach respect and to allow people to be themselves freely without facing harassment or being judged.

Mariah Lewis, Fort Myers

Inspiring, audacious goals for Collaboratory

I am writing to share my overwhelming support and simultaneous concern for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, renamed the Collaboratory. The nonprofit has set its goal to solve all of Southwest Florida’s issues in 18 years. CEO Sarah Owen admitted to the “audacious” goals. Writer Amy Bennett Williams mentions NASA and compares the goals with the new goals of the Collaboratory.

This comparison seems inappropriate. The goals of the Collaboratory are to eliminate poverty, save the environment and so many other big-picture ideas. These goals require much more than a degree in rocket science. They require philosophy, critical thinking, true compassion and an understanding of the human psyche.

When the goals are so broad, how will people find common ground? At the same time, who wouldn’t care about their home? I think that might be the genius behind Collaboratory. All I can say is we better get to work.

Sophia Evans, Naples

Americans should support immigration

Debunking the myth that immigrants from Central America and Mexico are coming to take American jobs. They serve in jobs that Americans refuse to do. Immigrants fill jobs for farmworkers picking crops in the fields, lawn and gardening, housekeeping, construction laborers, nannies for children, and the list goes on. Americans should support immigration and embrace these people.

Marjorie Adams, Cape Coral

Gaping holes in Jan. 6 narratives

There is a great deal of pushback against calling the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol an insurrection. Not only that, you fools, these weren’t Trump supporters. These were imposters PRETENDING to be Trump supporters to make Trump look bad. 

Well, then, all of you who  believe this, should now be  thrilled that the participants are being caught, are being prosecuted, and are getting jail time. Hello out there in Trump country, are you listening?  These “fake” Trump supporters are going to jail!  Hallelujah!!  Aren’t you over the moon with joy?  Hello? I don’t hear “happy” yet.

Harriet Stanton-Leaffer, Matlacha

FGCU doesn’t push liberal agenda

I am writing about a News-Press opinion piece that I disagreed with. The opinion piece discusses how colleges and universities are scary places for Republicans today and that Democrats are pushing a certain agenda on higher education.

The author states that colleges and universities are places for discussion and debate, but are not “training grounds for liberal minions.” He ends by arguing Florida Gulf Coast University has been attacked by liberal opinions, and faculty is pushing this agenda on students.


As a registered Democrat and current FGCU student, I respectfully disagree with these claims. I feel I need to hide my political beliefs at my university as almost all of my friends are Republicans. The Young Republicans club at FGCU is much more prominent and has more than double the number of members than the College Democrats. I have never felt a professor push a certain political opinion or agenda in any of my classes. While universities can be more liberal, I do not feel that is the case with FGCU.

Emily McCarthy, Fort Myers

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