Stop urbanizing beaches
Beaches crowded, lines being drawn in the sand, noted your article of May 12. Condos on Gulf Shore Drive are putting up cones, hiring guards to protect their beachfronts. Even customers of the Ritz have to wait for an unoccupied chair on the beach. Clueless Commissioner Solis thinks this is due to coronavirus. “People want more space,” he says. The last time this happened was when Moraya was built on Gulf Shore Drive and other owners wanted to protect their beachfront from being used by these new residents. Before the commissioners keep voting in more beach development maybe they need to listen to the people who already use the beach and who tell them the beach can only hold so many people. Building bigger condos is not the answer. Stop urbanizing our beaches and harming the environment, affecting the quality of life of the current residents and creating neighborhoods of people who need to defend their rights. Is this what we want for our future? I think not!
Elizabeth Pircio, Naples
Cyber warfare the new threat
Re: The cartoon printed on Monday, May 17. The cartoon makes the same claim that I have propounded for some time. That is, “Traditional warfare, especially nuclear (Hiroshima?) is a thing of the past!” Today, nations like the USA, Russia, China, etc. are working feverishly 24/7 to develop cyber methods of both attack and defense that only require a touch of a few buttons to attack or defend. Imagine the following scenario. A hostile nation cracks the USA cyber defenses, and as a warning is able to penetrate the NYC total electrical system and shut down the entire city in a flash.
Think of just Times Square with traffic lights suddenly shut down and hundreds of vehicles stalled and unmovable? In the boroughs, all deliveries of necessities stopped, home electricity vanished, and soon all refrigerated food and canned foods gone. No TV or radio, no internet. Thousands take to the streets pleading for the USA to surrender so they can live life again. That scenario could happen and the example is just one city in a nation of 300 million people. Chaos erupts! If the USA refuses to surrender immediately, the hostile nation shuts down the electrical systems of the entire country … and WINS THE WAR! … or gets what it wants whatever that may be.
Michael Golding, Fort Myers
Selling the Big Lie
A famous television show ran from 2017 until Jan. 20, 2021. It starred a reality TV host who as a young man was given a small one-million-dollar gift from his father. It followed his life of adultery, double dealing, bankruptcy, general debauchery and self promotion. It was all amusing until he took his television show to government and proclaimed himself the most powerful man on the planet. Like the wizard in Oz. He cast so many characters to entertain us, Sean, Sarah, Kelley and Kayleigh, to make us believe what was unreal and not true. And not since Germany in the 1930s had the general population been convincingly sold the Big Lie. They bought it until enough of them had traveled far to the edge of the sky and opened the door and kicked him out. The director, still angry that the truth was told, clings to his minions and lies. The future will be determined by how many viewers still watch his channel on television, Fox Entertainment.
Laurence Jacks, Estero
Big challenges call for bold solutions
As the elected leader of the United States, Joe Biden has at his disposal the vast resources of our nation, the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, and, arguably, the richest in recorded history.
But, for all of that we are confronted by daunting problems that put our strengths to the test.
Global climate change, anemic economic growth, massive unemployment, immigration demands, a deteriorating infrastructure, challenges to voting rights and access to the polls, and, of course, the lethal threat of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
In the past our nation has rallied, with the right leadership, to overcome existential threats such as the Depression, the emergence of a Nazi despot bent on world domination, and the terror of nuclear destruction from the Soviet Union,
We helped Europe recover from the devastation of World War II. We landed men on the moon. We conquered the scourge of polio. All of these accomplishments required creativity, ingenuity, extensive resources, a sense of urgency, and a willingness to pull together as a nation.
A tepid response or half-steps would not have won these battles.
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is big and bold and calls for corporate America as well as the well-to-do to shoulder the increased tax burden to meet the challenges ahead.
Robert P. Sanchez, Naples