GOP blew up the deficit
In a letter to the editor (“Biden administration will cost you”), the writer criticized President Biden and the Democrats for giving away our money, killing jobs, allowing immigrants in, etc. He called the “mainstream” media “absolute liars.” He totally ignores the fact (reported in even the un-mainstream media) that it was the GOP that blew up the deficit, even before the pandemic! I remember (as he apparently doesn’t) that Trump promised to make hedge funds and other tax abusers pay their fair share. He didn’t — when he had control of Congress. If the Dems spend too much of our money, they are only following a GOP playbook.
Lawrence De Maria, Naples
Ideological meddling in education
The prohibition by the state Board of Education of teaching “critical race theory” in public schools was hardly surprising given that it was championed by Gov. DeSantis, who appointed many of its members.
But it nonetheless is disturbing for Florida to join approximately one-third of the other states, nearly all with Republican-controlled political leadership, the latest ironically Tennessee, to jump on the bandwagon of micromanaging academic curricula.
The proscription harkens back nearly a century ago to the infamous Scopes “monkey trial” concerning a Tennessee law forbidding the teaching of evolution, a proceeding that rightfully branded the state in a negative way that it still bears.
Time has taught that the Tennessee proscription was nonsensical, and its illegality was reflected some 60 years later in a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court deeming the converse, a Louisiana state law mandating the teaching of creationism, as an improper infringement on First Amendment religious rights.
The Florida board that approved the latest version of ideological meddling with the minds of students and educators is likely to meet the same fate in the eyes of history at some future date.
Marshall H. Tanick, Naples
Keep zoning regulation local
The American Dream is to own a home, a big fenced-in yard for kids to play in and a place to have a family barbecue. So, if you live in a home that has a yard, scrubs, space between you and your neighbor and you work every day to pay your mortgage you are the target of the Biden infrastructure plan.
Biden is proposing the elimination of neighborhoods like yours. He’s pushing your city/town to permit apartment buildings in your neighborhood “to ease a national affordable housing shortage and combat racial injustice.”
The Biden administration policy is to have low-income families, who can’t afford single-family homes in the suburbs, to live in multifamily, multistory apartment buildings next door to you instead. His proposal provides incentives to local governments by conditioning grants and tax incentives to include multistory in suburb zoning regulation.
Would President Biden, who owns a 4-acre lakefront home in Delaware where there is no public or affordable housing, allow a high-rise to be built next door?
Regulating land use and local zoning has always been a function of local government. We don’t need big government to usurp local control to achieve a Democrat social agenda.
Frank Mazur, Fort Myers
What’s important in COVID report
There appears to be a controversy about the reporting of COVID-19 cases on a daily or weekly basis.
It really doesn’t matter.
There is only one type of data that matters to me, and this is: How many vaccinated people are being infected?
As Archie Bunker would say: “Case closed.”
Diane Corcelli, Bonita Springs
Time for a moderate political party
A recent article reports “Inflation rises, but boost considered a blip.” Friday brought us “Prices surge again in May.” I’m looking forward to seeing where we are a month from now. The increases are attributed to reopening the economy and I’m certain the pandemic is partially to blame. Not mentioned are White House policies as possibly being a factor.
If corporations are forced to increase wages and are taxed at a higher rate they will raise prices. Oil prices are up 30 percent this year. What is the cost of the highest illegal border crossings in 21 years and who pays for it? The average American, despite being courted by both sides, pays.
The far left and right get the majority of attention from politicians and media while the hard-working moderate majority foots the bill for the ever-increasing budget deficits regardless of which party is in charge. It feels as if winning by pitting us against each other is the strategy of the two major parties. Maybe it’s time for a true moderate party that espouses the view that while we are all different we are all Americans.
Tim Winschel, Naples