Stand for truth, secure elections
My Republican senators and representatives are two-faced. Privately, they condemn Trump for instigating the attack on Congress on Jan. 6, the Big Lie, his many crimes and subversion of the justice system under William Barr, who protected him from impeachment. Publicly, in contrast, they shamelessly, spinelessly and with duplicity support Trump in puppet-like fashion.
The only solution to saving our democracy in our current constitutional crisis is for Republican senators and representatives to step forward with courage as Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois have done. They must publicly and forcefully state the truth about Trump’s lies and crimes repeatedly. This is the only way that we Americans can avoid the consequences — the demise of our constitutional democracy.
Our nation cannot survive a second Trump presidency. Therefore, legislators must take action immediately to block laws that give state legislators the power to reverse the outcome of elections as Trump tried unsuccessfully to do with lawsuits in 46 states. Laws must also be enacted to protect election personnel from vicious attacks by Trumpist goons throughout America.
At the federal level, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act are essential tools to ensure fair elections going forward.
Without true patriotic Republican senators and representatives willing to stand up and without enactment of federal legislation to secure our elections going forward, we will suffer catastrophic consequences, the end of our beloved country.
William Pettinger M.D., Bonita Springs
Higher pay for less experience
Thank you for your report on the recent hiring of Florida’s new health secretary and surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo. The report states that his views on vaccinations and masking are in line with our governor, but not with the medical profession. For that reason our tax dollars are giving him a $123,000 raise above Dr. Scott Rivkees, our previous health secretary and surgeon general who has more years of medical experience.
Dorothy S. Kuzneski, Naples
Practice what they preach?
Just wondering if all those senators and Congress people who were elected in 2020 should give up their seats because they believe the election was corrupt and they don’t recognize Biden as president.
Ronald Martin, Fort Myers
Mail service efficiency impeded
Reliable and reasonable postal service is a cornerstone of every country. Even countries ruled by tyrants, despots and dictators provide decent mail service.
Our country’s mail service has been at the forefront in improving its efficiency and delivery. That is until recently. Since our new postmaster general has been appointed. He has set out on a policy of reducing losses and debt at any cost. His first act was to eliminate many automatic sorting machines. Now he intends to eliminate airmail service to many locations replacing it with slower ground transportation. He also plans to reduce hours of operation and raise rates.
At 93 years of age I remember mail delivery twice a day, six days a week, 3-cent first class postage, 2-cent postcards and postmen who actually walked a beat to deliver mail. They carried a large leather bag containing mail and packages. Airmail that originally was priced higher than first-class being combined with first-class and almost all long-distance mail being then moved by air. The only mail delivered curbside was RFD or rural free delivery.
Even with all the changes over the years, greatly increased population and Internet email, our postal service has been provided at an affordable cost and at faster delivery time. A real bargain. Will we return to horse and buggy mail service? Time will tell.
E.R. Santhin, Naples
Build wisely in face of climate change
Several decades ago, before the dangers of worsening climate change were widely understood, building structures like roads and bridges with the aim of having them last without causing harm was a logical, laudable goal. To that end, in 1970 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law, requiring those seeking building permits to assess the potential cumulative effects and flood risks of proposed projects. Such considerations were important even before the world witnessed many devastating accidents like oil spills and catastrophes attributable to climate change. During the Trump Administration, however, those provisions of the NEPA were weakened. The Biden Administration is now working to restore those provisions, which are needed now more than ever. The proposed rule was to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Oct. 14, and the public may comment during the following 45-day period, at federalregister.gov.
Patricia Duncan, Bonita Springs