Letters to the editor for Saturday, May 29, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Saturday, May 29, 2021
Letters to the editor for Saturday, May 29, 2021 1

Protect medical staff from lawsuits

As Florida begins to fully reopen and recover from COVID-19, it is a blessing that Governor DeSantis and our legislative leaders like Senator Passidomo and Representative Rommel worked to pass COVID liability protections for medical workers.

However, we need to do more. Doctors and nurses are required to make quick decisions and treat patients often in critical situations. Hospital administrators are under the same stress as they allocate resources and accommodate patients with a variety of health needs. The last thing they need is the threat of a lawsuit forcing them to operate with the fear of being sued.

I encourage Florida lawmakers to consider more of these types of protections for medical providers, so hospitals and staff can effectively focus on the important work of saving lives. We already have a doctor shortage in the state. Smart legislation could ease that crisis quickly.

Richard Grannis, Naples

History shows danger of Big Lie

In Nazi Germany Hitler and Goebbels propagated the Big Lie that the Jews were responsible for Germany’s defeat in World War I and that they were a subhuman species that polluted the human race. The German people believed the Big Lie and the result was Kristallnacht, the Holocaust, and World War II.

 In America Trump and most Republican leaders are propagating the Big Lie that the Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election and therefore are fraudulently governing the country.  Many Americans believe the Big Lie and the result was the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, the ostracizing of Liz Cheney, and the dividing of the country.

Big Lies have consequences that can destroy people and nations.

Ed OKeefe, Bonita Springs

Tennis players thank hotel group

On behalf of myself and many other tennis players at the Naples Beach Hotel, Mary Watkins Tennis Center, I would like to thank the Athens Group for working with us to keep the tennis center open during construction of the project. We expressed our concerns, met with representatives of the Athens Group and came to an amicable solution. I and fellow tennis players look forward to playing on the new facilities after construction is complete.

Rod Schwasinger, Naples

Systemic racism a daily barrier

I did not get the impression from Dr. Thornhill’s editorial that his focus was on individual acts of racism. His focus was on systemic racism. The often unrecognizable, unacknowledged and perhaps unintentional daily barriers that confront people of color. The innate response when a name on a letter or editorial is unfamiliar or unpronounceable to us.

A judicial response to two seemingly similar cases: Corey Batey was a 19-year-old black student at Vanderbilt. He was accused of raping an unconscious female. His sentence was 15 years in prison. Brock Turner was a 19-year-old white student at Stanford. He was accused of raping an unconscious female. His sentence was six months in prison with eligibility for release after three months for good behavior. The reaction when rumors of welfare or food stamp fraud elicit more outrage than crimes of tax evasion or money laundering.

I do not wish to condemn nor stop the good work of volunteers at food pantries. But I wish to point out the systemic nature of a process where relief from hunger is dependent on the generosity of donors. Thank you donors but let’s look at a system that may have much to do with why so many of our neighbors are in need.

Patricia Howard, Naples

Repurposing algae raises question

I like the concept of repurposing the algae but it raises questions in my mind.

In order for a company to be viable it needs a market for the product and a source for the product.  The market is not my concern because for a company to set up business they have theoretically done the research. 

What concerns me is the product source.  Without a steady supply the business could not possibly be viable.  All of this leads to the thought that in order for there to be a continuous supply the source must remain intact.  Cutting to the chase, does this mean that this is an easy way out for the politicians instead of going after the root cause of the problem?

Norman Cannon, Fort Myers


Quest for racial justice crucial

I thank the News-Press and Professor Tom Thornhill for launching his column, “The Racial Reality.” It takes courage to move this important but painful issue forward. I expect that some (or many) subscribers will cancel their subscriptions, but the valor to proceed boldly is commendable. I hope, as Professor Thornhill writes, that “folks can more meaningfully contribute to the still elusive quest for a racially just America.” It won’t come easy, but it’s crucial to proceed.

Peter Johnson, Fort Myers

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