Letters to the editor for Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Sunday, August 1, 2021
Letters to the editor for Sunday, August 1, 2021 1

Voters for Dems own the consequences

Once and for all, Trump is no longer the president. His term ended on Jan. 20, 2021. You are now in charge and the decisions to gut our economy and drive us into debt so large not even a COVID resurgence can camouflage your agenda.

If you have second thoughts, maybe you should have stopped watching CNN and MSNBC and WAPO and NYT and used your common sense. I am sorry you are stuck with Joe and Kamala and Nancy and Chuckie and Bernie and AOC.

Voting matters.

Jack Holt, Cape Coral

Trump’s toxic derangement potion

Sarah Sanders, former President Trump’s press secretary, is touting the benefits of the “Trump Vaccine.”

The truth can now be told. The delirium of Trump and his disciples is due to dosages of a concoction which Trump and his followers have been ingesting for over four years.

For those who have been attempting to understand the bizarre behavior and its unquestioned acceptance from so many, we now have some rationale. They have been infected with the Trump toxin.

Is there a more rational reason for the the unquestioned acceptance of: inane and dangerous tweets, the pardoning of felonious friends, the attempted bribery of Ukrainian officials, the propagation and support of The Big Lie, and the attempted destruction of a democracy and the U.S. Capitol, etc.? The Trump elixir provides a view of reality in which up is down and wrong is right.

Former President Trump was correct, however, in one proposition. There is something he labeled as “American Carnage.” It occurred on Jan. 6. One can only hope that those who supported, incited and participated in that insurrection have swallowed the last contents of the seditious swill.

Manny Cacciola, Fort Myers

Unvaccinated force renewed masking

Thanks to the selfish actions of the unvaccinated, those of us who were diligent and received the shots will be back to wearing masks, which we thought we were free of, just because of the resistance of the many — way too many — stubborn individuals who eschew the inoculations due to either misinformation or political rationale.

Because we live in the state with the highest infection rate, we will now be relegated to covering up indoors to protect ourselves AND the very perpetrators who have prolonged the spread in the first place. Florida is so far away from herd immunity for many reasons, including the failings of our oblivious governor. And the very mandates that the poorly informed protest will be the only way to ensure success.

Glenn Chenot, Cape Coral

Freedom is opportunity to do what’s right

I’m curious to know how so many of your readers who write letters to the editor know that Republicans are the only people who don’t get the vaccine. Do they go to a vaccination site and poll people on what their political party is? I just want to know where they get their information from.

Why can’t we all play together and think of the person next to us? Get your shots and everyone be safe.

Peter Marshall wrote: May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.

Annette Cramer, Naples

Right to vote, election integrity both sacred

A July 15 letter commented on voting controls and offered several observations, including: “the right to vote is sacred”; proposed restrictions require “overwhelming evidence” of necessity; proposed controls have the same voter suppression intent as “Jim Crow”; and voter fraud is a Republican myth for justifying suppression.

Joe Biden is president, and Republicans must stop the foolish and fruitless jousting at windmills of “stolen elections.” But the reality is that human nature, combined with opportunity and a righteous desire to win, makes election mischief inevitable.

People don’t wait for a robbery before locking their doors. And election controls shouldn’t be established after a fraud occurs, because without controls it will happen.

Let’s not ignore the 2004 Commission on Federal Election Reform chaired by former President Carter and Reagan adviser James Baker. Their many recommendations included: nonpartisan state election oversight; “universal voting registration system” led by states; a uniform ID system; and regular updates of voter registration records.

States’ election reform efforts are intended to establish fair and common-sense election security. Many controls were removed during the 2020 “COVID” election.


Election integrity is sacred, and fair and free voter identification requirements along with ballot controls are the foundation of that integrity.

Steve Bakke, Fort Myers

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