Letters to the editor for Saturday, May 22, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Saturday, May 22, 2021
Letters to the editor for Saturday, May 22, 2021 1

Headline reveals paper’s agenda

Headline in Wednesday’s edition: “Texas reopening barely budged economy, virus cases.” Buried in the story was the minor detail that there was no evidence of an increase in coronavirus cases.

Other, more balanced and reliable news sources told the story differently. For example, Forbes’ headline: “Texas reports zero coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began.”

That headline certainly would not support your agenda, as the Texas plan was ridiculed by President Biden.

The News-Press does not deserve your readers’ trust.

John Strickling, Fort Myers

GOP Trump’s authoritarian party

The Republican Party is Trump’s authoritarian party, no longer conservative. What are the authoritarian responses to issues we face?

1. Health care: Repeal the ACA, oppose Medicaid expansion.

2. Global warming: no plan.

3. Job creation and economic stimulus: Cut taxes for rich folks and businesses.

4. Defeat the COVID-19 virus: Masking is anti-American, weaken the CDC.

5. Minimum wage: Nothing

6. Gun safety laws: Nothing

7. Label the Biden agenda “radical socialism”

Authoritarian governing practices:

1. Lie about election fraud in the 2020 election to justify making it harder to vote by limiting mail-in ballots, drop-off boxes, early voting, and by giving state legislatures the right to overrule the decision of voters, set up partisan recounts, and remove election officials.

2. Undermine democratic institutions including State and Justice departments, the FBI, the court system, the Fourth Estate (the press), congressional oversight.

3. Dismantle the asylum system at the southern border.

4. Encourage the growth of white nationalism, blame the Jan. 6th insurrection on BLM and antifa.

5. Purge never-Trumpers from party.

6. Undermine public confidence in democratic institutions.

The Republican Party does not propose a conservative agenda, but an anti-democratic one.

Judy Freiberg, Naples

Tax dollars support developments

The excellent article by Phil Fernandez in the May 17 Naples Daily News made me feel a little queasy. During the more than 50 years I have lived in Naples, the Collier Companies have consistently profited from indirect transfer of our tax dollars to support and sustain their developments.

The weak link in this wealth transfer is our Board of County Commissioners. A recent example is a crucial zoning vote ( in favor of the developer) by a commissioner, shortly before retiring.

Joseph Sullivan, Naples

Obsequious GOP House leader

Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader, has apparently objected to any bipartisan review of the events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

Some of his rationale is that the review has to be broader in scope and assess other groups such as Black Lives Matter.

Doesn’t McCarthy realize that Black Lives Matter was largely litigated in the George Floyd, Derek Chauvin murder trial?

Truth would be better served if McCarthy removed his head from the sand bunker at Mar-a-Lago and refrained from being former President Trump’s obsequious caddy. It has been rumored that McCarthy has been viewed trailing his former boss, running around the golf course and repeating, “there it lies,” “there it lies.” 

Manny Cacciola, Fort Myers

Project’s effect would be devastating

This letter is written in connection with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Feasibility Study for Collier County, dated July 31, 2020. We submit that this project should be halted and put on pause so that other more benign options can be fully explored.

The Project could have a devastating effect on Collier County and especially Naples. It will adversely affect aesthetics, tourism, property values and taxes. It is scheduled to last 55-60 years with 5-10 years of construction followed by 50 years of maintenance. The cost is projected at $3 billion plus, with $1 billion plus borne by the county.


The project entails the installation of physical structures in the community, beaches and waterways: 14-foot floodwalls with large steel closures; 14-foot berms on the beaches; sluices, gates, and other devices in our waterways. Also included is the forced relocation of large number of families as well as the elevation (stilting) of some 1,300 buildings, many of which may be in the downtown Naples historic district.

Collier County is not obligated to do this project until it signs the Project Partnership Agreement. Upon signing, the county will be ceding control over our community to the federal government for generations to come.

As the Study concedes, “This project is not an all-encompassing solution …” In other words, it will not fix the problem that it seeks to address. The study also fails to consider other investigations and programs that are already underway in the county and state.

Peter McKenna, Naples

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