Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 6

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 6 1

Consider this vaccine solution

The article in Sunday’s (March 28, 2021) paper said it all. Those with money and/or connections get the shots! Many upscale gated communities/upscale ZIP Codes are noted in anecdotal reports. The governor even visited a few (with TV coverage, of course). Surprisingly, these locations seemed to have well-healed donors. However, he, in true “Trumpian” disclaimers, says all is well and aboveboard although large numbers of seniors/minorities haven’t yet enjoyed this preferential treatment.

A recent letter writer complained that persons at an unusual Immokalee pop-up could not gain access because of all the Mercedes/BMW’s from the western part of the county. That was a corollary to persons from “up North” coming to “easy” Florida to get their shots because of the lower age requirement.

Many, including me, complain and complain. This time I offer a suggestion. Although Lee County is providing shots at RSW, there are certain seniors who can’t avail themselves of that option because of health reasons. Why can’t shots be provided to Publix, Walgreens, et al., and only persons over 75 (later 65) be allowed to sign up in the first hour once a week. All it needs is a check box on their websites. Educators have one. Why not seniors?

Raymond Brooks, Fort Myers

Politicians shouldn’t make medical decisions

I don’t wear my ring to work. I’m a nurse working in women’s health, assisting with procedures and sedation. Many of my patients need a hand to squeeze, sometimes squeezing so hard I think my hand might break. No rings.

Some women see us for abortions. Some are experiencing the pain of knowing their baby has such serious problems they cannot survive. Can you imagine enduring daily questions, “when are you due?” or “is it a boy or a girl”? Heartbreaking. Continuing the pregnancy risks the mother’s physical and mental health. The most compassionate, medically appropriate treatment is therapeutic abortion.

There’s a bill in the Florida legislature (SB 744) that would make it a crime to help these women if they are more than 20 weeks pregnant. How can politicians determine what’s best for a woman? That’s a medical decision. These patients are having the worst day in their lives. I do all I can but it’s hard. Please ask your Senators and Representatives to get out of the procedure room and let professionals provide excellent, compassionate, medical care to women. That’s my job. If my hand and heart get somewhat bruised in the process, I can take it. 

Isabel Francis, RN, Bokeelia

Why not COVID-19 passports?

Our governor signed an executive order which prohibits the use of COVID 19 vaccine passports because in his opinion such passports, “…reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy”. I disagree. In my opinion, the issuance of this type of verification is no more restrictive to an individual’s freedom than the requirement to have a driver’s license to operate a vehicle on our roads. Nor do I think it will hurt patient privacy especially when you consider that proof of immunizations is necessary for certain travel outside this country. Moreover, our schools require proof that our children are immunized against measles, mumps and rubella before attending.

What these passports will do is help facilitate the opening of our economy by instilling confidence that businesses are serious in helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus; it will help assure people that they will be safe attending certain venues like restaurants ,theaters or places where they shop. These passports may also serve to be the catalyst to convince vaccine-reluctant individuals to finally receive the vaccine if businesses require proof of immunization for entrance. 

Michael Troop, Naples

Questioning governor’s decision-making

Gov. Ron DeSantis clearly has never cared about the individuals he governs, but only his self centered policies and ambitions.

Since the pandemic began he saw this as an opportunity to help himself not others. He not only refused to issue a mask mandate, but issued a statewide ruling that local mask ordinances were not enforceable. Once the vaccine became available he chose the Publix supermarket chain as the primary distributor for the vaccine. Coincidentally, probably not, the leadership of the Publix chain made a sizable contribution to DeSantis‘s recent campaign.

Now he is not only hurting individuals, but also corporations operating in Florida by objecting to the ‘vaccine passports businesses may require before allowing them into their establishment s or cruise ships. Even by his low standards this doesn’t make sense as it hurts his Republican supporters as well as big businesses . He’s seen the statistics that Republican voters are far less likely to be vaccinated.


It is time the voters stick a pin in DeSantis’s political ambitions by not supporting him in 2022 when he runs for re-election and in 2024 when he absurdly believes he could win the presidency. 

Bill McMaster, Naples

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