Letters to the editor for Sunday, June 6, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Sunday, June 6, 2021 1
Letters to the editor for Sunday, June 6, 2021 2

Columnist blinded by racial hate

For months my wife has been after me to cancel our subscription the The News-Press because of the ultraliberal slant of the articles and all the hit articles about the current Florida governor. I have resisted because I read the comics and the few local news articles.

However; the monthly column authored by FGCU professor Dr. Thornhill may have pushed me over the edge. I cannot believe The News-Press and FGCU would permit any association with such a racist individual. He hates white people only because of our skin color. He states he supports the BLM movement whose leaders openly support Marxism whose goal is to change the U.S. into a Marx hellhole.

Thornhill is so blinded by racial hate that he has lost all credibility. So I will be patient and wait to see if the NP editors will come to their senses and ban Ted Thornhill from the pages of the NP and support efforts to boot him out of FGCU before he can damage any more FGCU students.

Michael Hoyman, South Fort Myers

Editors and writers appreciated

I would like to congratulate the editors and writers who contributed to the two articles in a recent News-Press regarding degradation of Florida’s natural environment by moneyed interests, and one article about state censorship.

The first of these involved Captiva Cruises, an excursion boat company whose operations endanger the Cayo Costa State Park. A second article about the environment took on Collier Enterprises, an entity planning to advance urban sprawl in a Rural Lands Stewardship area where black bears now roam. A third article revealed efforts by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, to muzzle teachers when it comes to teaching U.S. history.

Great work, great writing, great investigative journalism. Thank you.

Marcia Gillis, Cape Coral

Stimulate critical thinking in schools

The ideas of  limited government, protection of private property and the promoting of capitalism that are now well ensconced in conservative ideology were once progressive liberal ideas that became central to the American Revolution and codified in the U.S. Constitution, particularly in the Bill of Rights.

So it confuses me when it is reported that Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is trying to restrict progressive ideas in the classroom. Is it not the purpose of education to stimulate critical thinking? If so then it behooves the educator to employ models of teaching that provide the learner with necessary tools to participate in this thinking. And the Critical Race Theory is just one of these tools.

Why it should be objected to so vociferously is beyond comprehension. After all this theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that racism is a social construct, and that it is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

By attempting to ban its concepts, how, for example, can the factual instance of state-sponsored racism — like the establishment of Jim Crow, be understood and appreciated. Corcoran’s view that teachers need to be “…police[d] on a daily basis…” to prevent them from integrating progressive methods in teaching is Hitlerian and undermines the idea that “Education is Freedom.”

Michael Troop, Naples

Proposal not about education

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran appeared at Hillsdale College in Michigan to excoriate history instruction in Florida. Mr. Corcoran stated that “Instruction…must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events.”  In this same edition of the paper, FGCU’s Dr. Thornhill begins an essay entitled “The Racial Reality” in which he asks us to assess the “racial divide” and the false narrative that America is color-blind or post-racial.


Taken together, these two points of view are moving in opposite directions. For example, the new Florida B.E.S.T. standards require coverage of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863). Also required by B.E.S.T. standards is coverage of U.S. civil rights. Based on Mr. Corcoran’s remarks in Michigan, if I were teaching both the proclamation and civil rights should I cover the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa city riots 58 years after the emancipation’s freeing of slaves? Or, would mentioning a white mob killing approximately 300 highly successful blacks in the Greenwood section of Tulsa and burning their businesses and homes to the ground be a form of indoctrination? The Tulsa riots are not in our new state standards, But, isn’t exploring the reasons for the mob action also teaching history? What Mr. Corcoran proposes in his new state standards has nothing to do with educating our students in Florida.

Joe Curran, Naples

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