Letters to the Editor for Sunday, April 11

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, April 11 1
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Shame on professor

I just read an editorial in my home town newspaper, the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader, captioned “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory” written by an assistant professor of English at Missouri State University. To my surprise he names Governor De Santis of Florida as being one such person afraid.

Is that true? First the Critical Race Theory taught in some public schools is defined as complicated, drawing on legal studies, sociology, critical theory, philosophy, psychology, literature, history, and statistics.

The professor faults those afraid, saying we must teach our children values, exposing them to a diversity of ideas and trust young people to hold fast to those ideas that are good and worthy. To me that is what education is all about. The professor then suggests if you are against teaching antiracism and antiracism thought, yet claim not to be racist you are the “genteel cousin of being a racist” and you always were.

I suggest a pretty harsh conclusion.

Andy Dalton, Marco Island

Can’t legislate ‘good taste

As much as I abhor seeing the F-word on public display for any reason whatsoever, I will accept that it falls within the bounds of an individual’s right of free speech. Otherwise, to have to legislate and/or adjudicate which words in our language constitute obscenity would be a never-ending, time-consuming, and costly process.

That being said, as The News-Press accurately pointed out, you cannot legislate good taste. That statement, of course, is a rather passive and, I suppose, a politically correct observation.

Personally, I would expand that greatly to state that using the F-word in a public display of your opinion is an unequivocal illustration of a person’s total ignorance. I suspect that a majority of people, regardless of which candidate they supported in the last election, silently label folks who have such displays as being incredibly ignorant.

Stupidity is more definitive than to meekly state that it is a matter of poor taste. Let’s call it what it is. 

Pamela Maza, Cape Coral

President deserves better

I just have one question for the hate mongers who display F—Biden flags in Cape Coral ( and elsewhere) — did they send their $1,400 stimulus check back that Biden got for them? Just wondering.

Cynthia Best, Lehigh Acres

Poor taste

On Sunday, April 4, 2021 your headlines read, “How did wealthy cut in vaccine line?” 

Easter Sunday being one of the most, if not the most religious day of the year, whether a Christian or Jew, you saw fit to communicate this continued animosity, ignoring a very special day.

Well you had it wrong, the last page of the section (20A), a full page ad by Cornerstone, “…wishing everyone a Happy Resurrection Day,” should have been your front page.

Once again your socialistic mentality has made another attempt to divide and disrupt a great people, us Americans. T

he Naples Daily News and its affiliate papers are not fit to wrap my garbage in. On second thought, yes they are. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves!

Jim Perlewitz, Naples

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Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian got it right (Delta opposes Georgia’s “unacceptable” changes to voting law, NDN of April 2) and vows to fight these racist laws with a strong statement.

“People who believe that everyone should show their ID to vote have no place in our society” said Bastian. “To make a clear statement, we are announcing new 4th class seating for Republican customers and Trump supporters, who are welcome to fly with us as long as the lie in the overhead compartment or cargo hold.” He continued “This requirement will stay in place as long as Republicans support this horrifically racist bill that I have not gotten around reading yet. Republican flyers can board our planes only, if they sign a statement denouncing the racists in Georgia and show a picture ID.”

“Showing a photo ID anywhere, is racist, xenophobic and undemocratic and must be done away with” he said.

However, Bastian could not promise that this racist requirement of showing a photo ID when boarding a Delta plane will be done away with. He hinted that doing away with a photo ID would lead to cheating when boarding his planes.

Erik C Meyer, Naples

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Before it flies right out of thoughts, maybe because I am a senior (85), complaining with no recommendation for correcting a problem is a waste of energy and newspaper space.

The April 7 issue had more of that but one person finally came up with a reasonable solution to the vaccine problem. But being self-serving, he chose an age too low and today’s paper is still showing people in their 80’s, housebound, lacking mobility getting their shots, which is finally a good thing. But there are others in that age bracket that still could use some help, especially when it comes to making appointments. The age preference block would be an improvement with the age periodically reviewed and lowered.


As to the perennial complaint of rich and connected to gain whatever, that problem goes back years and years and nothing will correct it, so once again, no solution. Complaining won’t change it. The poor will always be with us so will the rich and connected.

Vent all you want. It is a help but provides no solutions.

Bob Harris, North Fort Myers

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