Support defense funding for Israel
I am an Armenian Christian. I am a gentile. I am a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran who supports Israel in the right to defend itself.
Why does the U.S. Congress want to deny military aid to Israel when the U.S. spends more than $100 billion dollars to other countries? How many of these countries the U.S. supports have been attacked with more than 4,000 rockets in 10 days? Truly denying aid to Israel is antisemitic by the liberal left U.S. Congress!
Arthur Maranian, Naples
VA clinic provides excellent service
Once again I must say how well the Naples VA outpatient clinic is doing! My new primary care provider we call Dr. Kim is a fine example of what primary care should be. The support staff and nurses are second to none, anywhere! Thank you Becky, Deborah, Neil, et al; your devoted service to us veterans isn’t unnoticed, and greatly appreciated! Again thank you for your service.
Robert Jenkins, Naples
Teach values, critical thinking skills
Reading the article “Florida plan targets history instruction” sickened me and I hope many others. History is cyclical and this type of “education” has terrible consequences. A large part of education is learning from many sources and evaluating each. When we limit that, it is called dictating. That is not America!
It is past time to speak out. This is just another attempt to dumb down our children. I would urge anyone who questions the statement above to look at the history of countries that have brainwashed citizens to achieve political takeovers.
Please, react. Let Mr. (Florida Education Commissioner Richard) Corcoran know that this is wrong. In a free society, we encourage exploration in learning. We should be teaching values and critical thinking skills. That is where the emphasis MUST be if we want a strong democracy with educated participants.
Judi Palay, Naples
Plant-based options safer on grill
With COVID-19 gradually releasing its deadly grip, we can focus once again on the threat of our outdoor grill.
Yes, that. Folks who grill hamburgers and hot dogs face a nasty choice. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises grilling at high temperature to avoid food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella bacteria. But the National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats generates cancer-causing compounds.
Fortunately, we no longer need to choose between food poisoning and cancer!
A bunch of enterprising U.S. food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a rich variety of convenient, healthful, delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs and soy nuggets.
These products don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They have no cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, hormones and pesticides like their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our favorite supermarket, along with nut-based cheeses, milks and ice creams.
Allen Orkin, Fort Myers Beach
Racist, hate-filled column
The News-Press is obviously tone-deaf to any conservative thought. The first racist, hate-filled column by Prof. Ted Thornhill was met with a barrage of letters by readers, unanimously pointing out that his opinion on matters concerning race had no basis in reality nor anything resembling supportive evidence.
What is the result? Dr. Thornhill is now given a monthly platform to spew his hatred of the white and Latino races. He continues to state his position in the absence of proof. He wants his readers to feel guilt because they’re not out there demonizing themselves in public.
Sorry, but I’m not buying it, and neither are most of your readers. I agree with his statement that the murder of George Floyd changed the nation; I disagree vehemently that any race of Americans need feel guilt over the actions of one or more of their members.
Dr. Thornhill is most likely teaching racial hatred in his classroom; rather than honor him with a monthly column, he needs to be removed from his position of influence. Where’s Leonard Pitts when we need him?
Dave Bridgeman, Alva
Retirement is where Flynn belongs
I have finally found something to like about the former U.S. Army Lt. General Michael T. Flynn. It’s the fact that he’s retired and no longer in a decision-making role in directing our troops.
Flynn, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and then pardoned by Trump, was Trump’s national security adviser in 2017. Recently he claimed that COVID was a conspiracy to control the American people and divert attention away from stealing the election. Flynn said, “It’s not a problem with the rest of the world,” discounting the worldwide death toll.
A true Trump acolyte.
Roger W. Quagliano, Estero