Letters to the editor for Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Thursday, May 13, 2021
Letters to the editor for Thursday, May 13, 2021 1

More on taxes

In a letter to the editor in today’s (May 10) paper, a writer said that income taxes were not an expense.

Financial statements have income and expense and taxes fall under the category of expenses. The writer seems to think that taxes, no matter the size are not expenses. How many companies would continue if taxes were 100% or more of profits? From an individual’s perspective, if you receive a salary and taxes are deducted, isn’t that an expense? If taxes were 100% of salary, would you still say it was not an expense? It is certainly not money you can spend.

The writer seems to follow one of Obama’s ridiculous positions. That being that it is not the people who built the company, it was the government by providing highways, etc. 

Ron Wobbeking, Naples

Gun laws not easy to enforce

So the News-Press believes the violent crime problem is about the availability of ammunition? Did I read this right, that a columnist is echoing a comedy routine from Chris Rock, (who suggested instead of taking away guns, just make each bullet cost $5000)?

Folks, the problem of violent crime is neither the bullets nor the fancy shiny devices that make such a loud noise. The problem is the large number of criminals who shoot these guns at innocent people. And no amount of gun control or ammunition control will suddenly inspire these people to start obeying gun laws.

The city of Chicago suffered 769 gun homicides in 2020. I’m pretty sure none of the guns used in those murders was registered or legally purchased. Neither was the ammo. It is asinine to aim new laws at people who obey the law and ignore those who do not. But if you think otherwise, please be my guest and venture into those crime ridden neighborhoods in Chicago and try to enforce Illinois’s very strict gun laws. Go ahead. Demand that the criminals give up their guns.

Mark Dupuy, Punta Gorda

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Recently a letter complained that voters who prefer to register as “Independent,” not either political party, should have the opportunity to vote in the primaries. I disagree. Every registered voter regardless of selecting a party or no party can vote for any candidate on the ballot only in the final election. The intention of political parties is for voters with similar political views can have a “primary” election to select candidates to run in the final election. Most, if not all democratic countries have political parties for that purpose.

There is a common and popular way of voting in both the primary and the final election. Choose the largest, most popular party. Example; In Lee County, the Republican party is the largest and most popular party.

Martin Harris, Cape Coral

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Rachel Bovard’s “Your Turn” column bemoans the fact that. Facebook has suspended former President Trump from the platform and states that the company is “enforcing ideological rigidity”, ”silencing political dissent, diverse thought”, and “enforcing an ideological agenda that protects prominent progressives from criticism” … among other claims.

Conspicuously absent from her analysis is any mention of the events of January 6, 2021. One may recall that was the day when the US Capitol, America’s Congressional Representatives, the US Constitution and the rule of law, all came under attack by domestic terrorists. This was not ‘fake news” as it transpired real time on national television.

January 6 was, not so coincidentally, the day that Joe Biden was to be certified as the next president of the United States. At former President Trump’s rally, he told the assembled mob that, “we will stop the steal”, “we will have an illegitimate president….we won’t let that happen….” .  

As a result of the events of that day, former President Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives and found guilty by 57 US Senators of “INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION”. 

Far from “silencing political dissent”, Facebook’s actions have been a small step in preserving a democracy.

Manny Cacciola, Fort Myers

Shame on News-Press

I am really disappointed in this paper.

Last Thursday, May 6 more than 1,000 people gathered to contribute funds to Sam Galloway’s (deceased) Community Kitchen to raise money to feed the needy and hungry. The event was a tremendous success in honor of Sam Galloway. He passed a short time ago.

I have lived here all my life and to my knowledge not one line of ink was used to report on this successful event for this community.

I guess The News-Press is not local any more.


What a loss to this community. How about an article on the loss of dragon flies. That is something everybody is chomping at the bit to read about.

Joseph D’Alessandro, Fort Myers

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