Where’s outrage about red tide?
I support those entities that want clean air, clean water and reduced industrial emissions into the air and waterways. This makes sense from a health and lifestyle standpoint. Having said that, our federal government is in the process of approving the expenditure of trillions of dollars to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases that they believe might cause the sea levels to rise an inch in 40 years.
Well what about the situation facing Southwest Florida right now which is red tide. Currently, as we walk on the beach we are stepping over dead fish and choking on noxious fumes, the product of red tide. It is true that the algae that causes red tide occurs naturally but is usually about a three-week annoyance. We now have that natural occurrence being exacerbated by fertilizer-laden water releases from Lake Okeechobee, which feed the algae. Since 2018 red tide has been to some degree an all-year-round major problem. It’s on the news every day.
Why the Tourism Bureau and county commissioners aren’t screaming about this is beyond me. The governor, senators and representatives should be demanding infrastructure money to warp-speed a solution. We know the cause. Where’s the outrage?
Paul Williams, Naples
Vaccination shouldn’t be political
The recently released data shows the percentages of those who have not received a vaccination come from counties who supported Trump. A coincidence? Sadly, I think not.
Their big loser should at least make a statement to his minions to get vaccinated. He himself got his shot in secret so nobody saw how weak he looked, I’m guessing. He took credit for developing the vaccine so you’d think he would recommend participation. Once again, this life-saving miracle has become a political issue and no one has any idea why. Something is shady in the sunshine state.
Glenn Chenot, Cape Coral
Unemployment pay hurts hiring
We went to dinner at a local restaurant last night and complained that their outdoor patio was closed for the second time. Wonderful manager came to our table with apologies and bought our drinks and desserts. She explained that they are not able to hire enough people to properly staff the restaurant. Interview appointments are made to satisfy the unemployment requirement, then they don’t show up.
There were four managers working in the kitchen last night to try to keep up with business, she said. As we left after dinner there was a woman standing on the corner with a pathetic cardboard sign begging for help. I see “Hiring” signs at almost every store I go to while panhandlers have choked the intersections with pleas for money to be handed out the window.
On Tuesday a friend who just sold his business told me that his biggest employment competition was the state’s welfare and unemployment systems because people were making more money staying home and collecting. As someone who worked all my life to pay my own way, sometimes at jobs I didn’t like, my sympathy is over!
Thom Price, Fort Myers
Stop stonewalling Jan. 6 panel
The Senate is about to take up a bill passed by the House about forming a commission similar to the 911 commission looking into the events of Jan. 6 and how it all came about.
All American citizens saw what transpired on Jan. 6, an attack on the seat of our government at the U.S. Capitol. Elected officials, Capitol Police officers, reporters, staff, and so many more people working in the Capitol were subject to the violence of an insurrection. This attack by American citizens has never been done before in the history of our nation. It is imperative that the Senate pass this bill in order to find the truth behind this attack.
The peaceful transfer of power from one president to another was on the line. The intent of this attack was to stop the electoral vote from Congress for this transfer of power. And if not, then what? What was the intent? The FBI and the DOJ are following all leads for the criminal acts. But what about the civil acts? How did this all come about? So many questions remain as to how this all happened.
It has been said that this proposed committee is political. Of course, it is. But the bipartisan committee would be made up of equal GOP and Democrat representatives. Give us the truth. Stop stonewalling, it will only lead to more inquiries, machinations and lies. We need a clean slate. Anything short of that will only perpetuate our division. I ask that every citizen write, call their senators (Rubio and Scott for Florida) to pass this legislation to seek the truth. This is not partisan. It is about truth. Nothing less.
Beth Summer, Naples